2016 will go down in the books as an intensely challenging and pivotal year for a great deal of us. If you too are counting down the days to starting over in 2017 with a vow to change and have a better year, let’s reflect on these resolutions and how to make them last. Mentally we need that idea of pressing a magic reset button in hope that we can leave our baggage behind in a four digit number and wash our hands of it. By the end of the year it’s as if our candle has been burned at both ends and we grasp at the belief of starting over at the stroke of midnight.
I have learned through my own ritual work with the moon and seasons that everything is on a cycle and having our own practice to mark the beginning and end of them can help you manifest things you want to attract and release that which no longer serves you. The moon expands, gets full and bright and then retracts until its dark only to start the cycle again. In the fall, the leaves die and fall off of the trees, everything retreats and goes within for Winter and emerges with new life and birth in Spring. We are not immune to these natural cycles. It’s why we focus so much on the New Year! But before we can make room to bring new things into our lives, we must release the old and clear out the clutter. I am going to help you set this intention for release through a simple ritual I have experienced results with.
Hi Ladies! It’s Eliza from Embodied Emergence, I’m guest blogging today (thank you so much, Beth!).
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably still cleaning up the bits and pieces of holiday madness and trying to get back into a schedule while also feeling slightly guilty that your new year’s resolution isn’t full steam ahead and wondering how you can pull off all of your amazing goals for 2014.
This happens to so many of us, every year. And often it’s only at New Year’s Resolutions that we feel we have a blank slate, a fresh start, and we push ourselves to re-create. As an owner of three businesses – holistic health coach, restauranteur, and DoTerra essential oils Consultant – I know all about about setting goals and the waves that come along with them. And I have also seen the AMAZING results that come along with having accountability and group support.
My goal this year is to reach more incredible women who want to “Become the change they want to see in the world” but don’t know where to start, or how to get out of their own way. I not only coach these women one-on-one but I recently created an incredible 6 week online mastery program for women that begins January 14th, 2014.
This program is called Resolve to Evolve, it’s not about losing 10 pounds (although that might happen) and then taking action. It’s about holistically empowering YOU so that you feel confident, energized, sexy. When that happens… Watch out world! You feel so good, it starts to spill out onto everyone around you, and you begin to “Become the change you want to see.”
The way the program works is that each week over six weeks a lesson, or module, is released including 3 videos – one on empowerment, one movement video, and a cooking class with me. The cooking classes are 99% vegan and gluten-free, but I also demonstrate how to cook chicken perfectly. The movement videos feature 6 incredible yogi, dancer, and pilates experts, who guide you through 20 minute, fun, videos you get to practice as often as you like. And finally, the empowerment videos feature 6 amazing women who take us into a journey of self-care – from creating a skin care routine, dressing for your body, using EFT to release pain/toxin emotions, connecting with community, plant care, and how to “get out of your own way” to become the change you want to see.
On top of all this, you’ll be getting tons of recipes (including 6 from Beth of Tasty Yummies!), organizational tools for de-cluttering your life, meditation tips, weekly Q & A calls, AND online community connection via a private Facebook group.
Can you sense a theme here? It’s all about loving yourself… For many years I struggled with insecurities about shining my light. I felt bad or wrong buying nice things for myself, or even putting on make up because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself – I thought it was selfish somehow. I could see so many less fortunate people in the world around me and it didn’t feel fair for me to have so much abundance. But as it turns out, I ended up feeling depleted, lost, and lacking in energy to make the positive changes I so desperately wanted in the world, and I was unable to help those people I felt bad for.
Since discovering yoga, cleanses, women’s groups, health coaches, & retreats I’ve experienced massive transformation in my business growth, relationships, health, inner peace. Choosing to invest in myself has shaped the the person I have become. I am now able to help other women by empowering them with tools that not only keep their bodies healthy, but also make them feel alive, loved, creative, sexy, silly, and FREE!
I so dearly want to share that with you. Please check out my video here for more information on the program. And if you have a girlfriend who might be interested, please forward this post to them!
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Instead of reflecting on 2011, I really should be downstairs putting away Christmas decorations, taking down the tree and putting away gifts. But, I have been sitting here at my desk working on illustrations for a pending deadline with a client and I feel like am fighting off some type of after-holiday sickness, so I am feeling a bit sluggish and tired. I have total faith that I am going to kick this thing in the butt before it ever gets me sick, so here’s hoping! For the last two days I’ve been loading up on supplements, green tea, water and rest when I can get it, and I have been living on a steady diet of hot soups, which I have no complaints about. I love soup! If you have any natural remedies for fighting off sickness, send them my way! I am determined to not let this through.
I’ll get to the tree and those Christmas decorations and I plan to get some new recipes up later this week, including this year’s holiday get-together favorite, Vegan Dark Chocolate Bark with Bing Cherries, Pistachios and Grey Sea Salt. But for now, I will continue attacking all of this work and the threatening sickness that I refuse to let through and I will keep reflecting on the year behind me and all that lies in front of me.
I rarely set any sort of personal New Years Resolutions, but I always promise myself that in the year ahead I will try to be the best possible me, yet! I don’t make any strict dietary guidelines (I have enough that are part of my every day choices, as it is), I don’t force myself to do things I don’t really want to, I just make a plan to continue being as happy and positive as I possibly can and to always make the right choices for me! I really try to enjoy every moment of my life and to cherish what I have, each and every day. At some point of every single day, I take a moment to express my gratitude for all that goodness in my life. It feels so good! Sometimes I catch myself saying “I am so very lucky for :blank: in my life” (ie, an amazing husband, a great job, a fun life, a great family, etc) and I then remind myself that it isn’t luck that allows me to have all of these wonderful things. Life is hard, relationships take work and love, and it takes energy to wake up every morning and see all the positive in my life. But it is all worth it! I would be lying if I didn’t say there are trying moments, there are days when things are hard, that I wanna say “why me?”, but I always tell myself that ‘it could always be worse’ and that ‘every experience is what you make of it’. I choose to wake up every day and see the bright side of things. No one makes me do that, I do it so I can have a better quality of life and it works! I am blessed to have all that I have, but I also know that I am even more blessed to be able to stay positive every day, so I can see it all for what it is and enjoy each and every moment I am alive.
There are two links I came across in the last couple of days that I really wanted to share with you guys – both come from Southern California yoga and climbing clothing company, prAna’s, blog. The first is a list of “12 Things Happy People Do Differently“. This article really hit home for me as most of the items on this list are things that I already make a part of my every day living. There are a few that I don’t always remember, that serve as great reminders to me, as I try to be the best version of me, that I can be! Everyone deserves to have the feeling of complete and utter happiness in their every day lives, there really is nothing like it! Happiness starts within and no one can give it to you, you can only give that gift to yourself. Read this and live this!
The second link, as if that first wasn’t inspiring enough, is a Handbook for Life 2012. This wonderful and encouraging list of reminders to be the best possible you this upcoming year, actually leaves me speechless! There isn’t much to say that isn’t said there. I plan to print this list out and keep a copy where I can see it every day, plus keep a digital version on my iPhone. Read this and embrace it all, that is all that I can say!
OK enough of the gushy, mushy feel-good positive stuff – let’s talk yummies! Here are the top 11 recipes from Tasty Yummies in 2011!
Do you have a favorite Tasty Yummies recipe from 2011? What do you want to see more of on Tasty Yummies in 2012?
What are your goals and/or resolutions for 2012?