My 3 Guiding Themes For 2013
For the past three years (and actually a whole lot longer before that too) it’s felt like the dictating themes of my life have been structure, discipline and healing. Those themes served me then, being what was needed to initiate my complete lifestyle transformation, but I feel like I’ve now outgrown them. In fact, at the moment I feel as though structure is one theme that will work against me if I don’t let go of it to a certain extent. My body is craving freedom. It’s craving the unbounded bliss that ricochets from pure, unrestricted fun.
Feeding my body with the best quality foods is now so much part of my lifestyle that doing anything besides this feels unnatural. I’ve got this part of my healing repertoire down. To me, this is the ultimate form of self respect. However, now I recognise that I need to wake up and amuse the playful child that has been waiting patiently inside of me while I diligently adhered to Gerson Therapy and my rigid cancer-healing plan.
So, in 2013 I’m not making any resolutions. I’m barely setting goals. There are certain things I want to create in my life this year, but mostly I’m letting three central themes act as pegs to hold down the billowing canopy of my awesome life. I’ve just re-created my vision board with these themes.
1. FUN + FREEDOM
I’m feeling a major pull towards injecting more adventure and play into my daily life. This year I want to learn to surf, have a go at stand-up paddle boarding, climb more mountains, go glamping (aka glam camping), see live music, dance, paint, sing, and go on holiday to island destinations like the Maldives and Vanuatu.
2. KINDNESS + COMPASSION
I truly believe that kindness is the foundation of an amazing life – kindness to ourselves and kindness to others. And under this umbrella also lies compassion. If we want to be really happy, we need to be compassionate and release judgement. Again, this includes ourselves and others. These have been common themes in my life previously, but they are so important that they’re being highlighted even more this year. My aim is especially to release judgement and look at everything, everyone, and all situations with a loving, kind and compassionate perspective.
3. DOING THINGS THAT SCARE ME
In 2012 I faced my fear of heights by going skydiving, and I faced my fear of public speaking by telling my story to crowds of people. I really had to force myself to do these things, but I’ve never once regretted it. These experiences have only deepened my belief that whenever something scares the absolute bejesus out of me, it’s a sure sign that the fear instigator is what I need to face next in order to expand. My fears are the metrics of future growth.
NEED EXTRA HELP MAPPING OUT 2013?
In all of my hours of trawling the internet, I’ve stumbled upon some really awesome resources for discovering exactly what it is that you want to create in 2013. It’s one thing to set goals, but if these goals are things you don’t truly want deep down in your soul, they just won’t happen. And if they do happen, the validation won’t be there.
Here are some awesome guides if you feel you need help …
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. This is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I spent a huge chunk of my holidays working through this program to discover exactly how I want to feel in 2013, and then working out what I need to do to make it happen. The result is the themes in this blog post.
Leonie Dawson’s Incredible Year Workbook and Planner. If you’re after an extremely smart and soulful voice to guide you through your yearly map, Leonie is your gal. She also has a Business Edition available and they’re just $9.95.
Unravelling The Year Ahead by Susannah Conway. This one’s a freebie!
Have you thought about what themes you would like to see running through your year this year? I would love to hear about them! Go nuts with your thoughts and comments in the section below.
Positive affirmation for the day: My life is an extension of my thoughts. I am creating incredible things.
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