I am a goal-setter. I know this turns many people off as the notion of New Years resolutions and January goal-setting leaves a scent of impending failure in the air for some. I don’t buy in to that. If I don’t set goals, I don’t have a means by which to measure my success. If I don’t achieve my goals, oh well. At least I was forward-thinking and ambitious in my intention to improve my life. I don’t beat myself up about it. So, as per usual, the first couple weeks of January have been full of reflection, introspection, fear-labeling, reading, journaling, and a stream of mental dialogue that, frankly, totally blows my dress up. I look at several different life buckets and envision how I want them to look. Then I figure out the steps I can take to get there. I believe in visualization, in manifestation, in the Law of Attraction, but when it comes down to it, you’ve gotta get shit done. Make a plan and work the plan, as they say.
This year I’m taking a slightly different approach to my goal-setting. I’m working through The Desire Map by the exquisite Danielle LaPorte. The idea behind it, to quote her book, is to know why you’re going after your goal. “You’re not chasing the goal itself–you’re chasing the feelings that you hope attaining those goals will give you.” I have set and reached many goals in my life, and I am a very happy, very grateful woman. But there are many times I sit in this skin of mine and feel unsatisfied. Unfulfilled. Wanting. Bored. Uninspired. I’m delving deep in to the inner workings of Cristin and identifying the “core desired feelings” – those deep down, light-my-soul-on-fire feelings – and building my plan on experiencing those. Every damn day.
There are some sparks starting to fly around the idea of evolving/expanding my “brand.” I want to be of more service to more people more often. I want my life-work to occupy a larger part of my days. It requires stepping out of my comfort zone, taking some risks, being vulnerable, and learning a whole lot of new stuff. But what’s my alternative? Not to do it?? Shit no. I’m goin’ for it.
So, expect some changes. Expect some really awesome fodder for personal growth. Expect tips for simple ways to bring mindfulness into your life. Know that I’m responding to a call–something that has been continuously whispering to my Soul for quite some time now. My intention is to help others help themselves. My intention is love. Thank you for being a part of my journey.
peace & love, Cristin
Ophelia is helping me write this post. She gets me.