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Are You Dragging Your Garbage Into the New Year?

Are You Dragging Your Garbage Into the New Year?

So we are a couple of days away from a New Year. Are you excited about the upcoming year or just ready to leave this one behind? As I’m writing this I have a laundry room that’s flooded due to workmen breaking a pipe that goes to the well that supplies water to my house.

The simple replacement of the washer and dryer has now become a project. Just another adventure is the saga of this “new” house.  I have visions of a Chevy Chase movie. Any screen writers among my readers? Add this to the list of snafu’s since we moved and there’s a comedy in the making.

2016 was another year of big shifts for me. Some were welcome like conducting my first full day workshop, moving to a new home I really like (even with the snafu’s occuirng within the first month) and meeting a wonderful man I’m now dating to saying goodbye to my dad within six months of my mom passing. It’s had its share of ups and downs for sure.  I’m ready to let this year go and start fresh in 2017.

What about you? Are you ready to start the New Year off clean and clear or is there garbage you’re holding onto from 2016? Just like garbage it’s time to put it in the trash and let it go. I mean it. If you’re holding onto regret, anger, worry, resentment, guilt, sorrow or any other fear based emotion from anything in 2016 or before don’t carry it into the New Year.

Now more than ever its vital to release it and let it go and start fresh not just with the New Year but every day. Every single day is a new beginning, an opportunity to begin again to have a fresh perspective of your life. That’s why it’s called the present.

Before the ball drops to bring in 2017 try this simple yet powerful exercise to let go of any garbage from 2016.

Write a list of anything or anyone (including yourself) you feel frustrated, angry, resentful, jealous, sad, overwhelmed, guilty or shameful about from 2016. Let it rip as you write about it, no holding back. I spent a couple of hours this morning getting it out and onto paper.  And I’ve even thought of more since then.   If you can’t do it in one sitting break it up into smaller segments like 15 minutes in the morning and evening over the next few days.  You’ll notice you’ll feel lighter once you do this. Before the New Year burn it and release it to the Universe so you start your year without holding onto thoughts that no longer serve you.

I’d love to hear how you feel when you try this. Feel free to comment on my Facebook page.

If you’re looking to create your Vision for 2017 or would love a day to hone in the Vision you’ve already created, please join me on January 14th for a one day retreat to crystallize your Vision for the upcoming year. Learn more here.

Moving and a Flying Squirrel

Moving and a Flying Squirrel

Last Thursday I moved. It’s been five years since I last moved and somehow I’d forgotten how much time, effort and energy it takes. No surprise moving is considered in the top 5 stressors you experience in life. In fact, it’s listed by some experts as MORE stressful than divorce.

Who likes packing and unpacking? Not me. Honestly I detest it. If you like it you’re welcome to come over and help me unpack and get organized. Really, feel free, I’d love to have your company and an extra set of hands. Not interested, hmmm can’t say I blame you.

Sunday night I went to bed exhausted hoping to get a good nights sleep. Maybe its the new environment but I haven’t been sleeping well since moving day. Around 4 am I was awakened hearing my cat running around my bedroom. He was next to my bed and it sounded like he was playing with something. I rolled over and put my hand out to see what he had and instantly felt a sharp pain in one of my fingers. I yelled “Ouch” and could feel my finger bleeding. “What the hell” I thought as I got out of bed and walked into the bathroom. When I flipped on the light I could see I’d been bitten. And then I saw my cat chasing something gray with a tail.

REALLY? I have to deal with this right now, shit. My finger’s bleeding and throbbing and I’m so freakin tired. Before I can barricade it in the bathroom it runs and hides under a dresser. And I decide there’s no way I’m going to try and get it out by myself and not now. Sox my cat will make sure it’s not going anywhere. So I made a meager attempt to go back to sleep.

Turns out what I thought was a mouse was a red flying squirrel. Fortunately I found an expert to remove and release it. It was no small feat. There’s no way I could’ve done it.

So what does moving and a flying squirrel have in common? Both stressed me out. Truth is I’ve allowed myself to feel stressed because in reality it’s my choice. Now you might say, “Carolyn really, that would stress anyone out.”

True as humans we’re prone to feel stress during change or when the unexpected happens. However my reaction is completely up to me and that’s true for you too. And that’s the GOOD news. Just like me you’re always given the opportunity to choose your thoughts and feelings, to honor your emotions without being victim to them.

No matter what’s stressing you out you have the power to tame it and return to place of peace. If you’re struggling with your own flying squirrel schedule a complimentary Name It To Change It session with me. Schedule here.

And if you change your mind and want to help me unpack let me know. 🙂