It’s THAT Time of Year Again! Are You Ready?!



Every year I spend the week after Christmas creating my goals and vision board for the upcoming year. I’m getting ready as we speak (type) and I thought I would check in with you to see if you are planning on any type of goal setting ritual for the end of the year?

I think vision boards and goal setting (and dreaming) are essential to our life! And what a better time to begin; then the last week of the year?

So what does my year-end ritual look like? For the last couple of years it has involved a little more than just setting the goals to paper and creating my vision board. I will let you in on my secret yearly ritual…..

First I retrieve my present year list from my special box! (more on that later) I spend the last 2 weeks of the year writing down what I accomplished in this last year. Then I write those things I did not carry out or any other thing that did not give me pleasure in the past year. My purpose of adding the things that did not please me? Because I am going to do a releasing ceremony!  So here is what I do:

I take time with these lists, especially, for now, the less than pleasing items on the list.  Why? Because I am going to release them from my life and literally burn the list.  I pray over everything on the list, I thank God for the experiences and anything I may have learned from them. I accept that they happened,whatever that means, and I ask God to take it from here so that I can no longer think about them. And I burn the list and let go.  And I DO NOT look back! If you let it go;then let it go! And the burning part of my ritual happens on New Years eve; as close to midnight as I can get it!

After I have let go of the past years not so pleasing experiences; then I am ready to move into next years goals.  OH and I take the list of pleasing experiences and goals met from this last year and put them back into my “vision” box! ( there it is!)   This is a pretty box filled with my miracles!  Goals set and reached. My box is kept on my bedroom dresser and honestly I open it once a year!

Now I am ready to set next years goals and start on that vision board! These can be (and should be) any type of goal; whether dreaming or set in stone business goals, I write them down!  I put them in my pretty box to await next years ritual! If I need a reminder I can look in the box but for me, I don’t have to, because my vision board says it all! I can take one look at it and be reminded of every goal and dream I have set!

There you have it! My special year end routine!  What about you? Do you have a special routine you do to get started on the right foot each year?

As usual I would love to hear from you!


Gratitude Rock

Have you ever heard of a Gratitude Rock?  I have a Gratitude Rock that I bought back in 2004. I got mine from a Christian book store, they had a bowl of them sitting near the register.  I decided to buy mine after a mission trip that I took to Mexico. While on the trip I learned about Gratitude,love,faith…etc…rocks.

In case you have not heard of them ….here is the scoop!

A Gratitude Rock ( and yes you can use them for other emotions such as love and faith, whatever emotion that you need to remind yourself to have more often) is a small, flat rock that will fit in the palm of your hand, small enough to allow your fingers to close around it. You carry it in your pocket. And when it is not in your pocket, at night when you go to bed, you should keep it somewhere near by, somewhere so that you can easily see it. In this way you will remind yourself to be grateful before bed and upon waking. If you keep a gratitude journal this will help you to remember to make an entry. Whatever your practice, this rock can help you to remember to practice your gratitude.  Because it is in your pocket during the day it will remind you to be grateful throughout the day.

If you carry this rock, eventually, you will spend your days having enough gratitude that you will have what Jerry and Esther Hicks would call a “Rampage of Appreciation!” Can you imagine what you would feel like day-to-day if you could bathe yourself in gratitude all day long? Well, if your hand falls upon this rock in the middle of the day ,at random times, that is exactly what will happen!

Also……this rock can be from your garden or a store or anywhere. It does not matter, it could even NOT be a rock! The point is it needs to be something small enough to fit in your pocket and close your fingers around !  And you need to take the time when you first get the object to attach gratitude to it. How do you do that? Take your object and sit quietly with it while thinking of gratitude. Take as long as you need, once you feel a deep down gratitude while holding the object then say something like ” Every time I touch this rock or see it, I will feel deep heart-felt gratitude” You need to repeat this process until every time you touch or see the rock you feel grateful! The feeling of gratitude is something that you can have at any time you want. Anytime! It is one of those things that is in your control!

My hope is if you do not already have a gratitude rock… you may go out and get one!

In Gratitude!