As I’ve walked through my neighborhood I’ve noticed that some people still have Christmas decorations on the outside of their homes. When I see them I find myself wondering:
Are they so busy they can’t get around to taking down decorations?
Is taking down decorations hard to face because it is a boring, time consuming task?
Does the person typically keep decorations up until mid-January?
Has taking decorations down fallen off their radar?
I will admit that taking down Christmas decorations is a chore I dislike. It’s such an anti-climax and is an annoying, boring chore. But, I make myself do it by New Year’s Day every year. Why is that?
I want to start my new year on a high note with high energy, unburdened by incomplete tasks from the previous year. Decorations that stay up into the new year hold the energy of the previous year, the Christmas just past. They keep you stuck in the past. Since taking them down is a task most people don’t relish, perhaps because the effort signals the end to a season of celebrating and is quite boring to do, the decorations also hold a melancholy, heavy energy. It’s difficult to move into a fresh, new year weighted by lingering tasks from the previous year, tasks to stir up uncomfortable feelings.
Experience a nice pop of energy and feelings of excitement about what’s possible in the new year by biting the bullet and putting away your Christmas decorations. It’s a great way to jumpstart your new year!
The days following the hoopla of Christmas can be a let down. Or, they can be a great opportunity to clear clutter to prepare for a great new year. No doubt you are sitting there with an array of gifts, some that you love and will use, and others that don’t love and wish you didn’t have to deal with.
What will you do with unwanted gifts, gifts that are the wrong size, that you dislike, that you don’t need, that you will never use? You now have the opportunity to practice living with what you love. Feng shui teaches that you will have the best life if you live exclusively with what you love or use. When you love and/or use things, they have positive energy. That positive energy attracts more positive into your life.
But, you may be thinking that you must keep gifts given to you by people that you love. You couldn’t possibly give them away or, God forbid, throw them away. When you hold onto things you don’t love or use or never will use, you are cluttering your home with items that have negative energy. Negative energy attracts more negative into your life.
What are your options?
Keep unwanted items and clutter your house. You will feel burdened by the sense of obligation you feel to keep the items. You will then attract more negative into your life going into a new year.
Re-gift items to people who would really enjoy having them, thereby clearing clutter and preventing the accumulation of negative energy.
Donate items to a charity. That will clear clutter, help people in your community, and prevent the accumulation of negative energy.
Throw items away which will clear clutter, but will also be wasteful, thereby attracting more negative energy.
Any gifts that are re-gifted or donated will lighten your load as you move into the new year. The act of clearing out things that don’t fit with who you are today sets the stage for attracting more of what does fit in the new year.
You have choices to make about what do do with unwanted gifts. Remember, whatever you choose will set the tone for your life in the new year. Will you passively allow unwanted things into your life or will you choose a lighter, more positive path?
The last day of 2013. What a perfect time to review the last year and set your intentions for the new year! It’s an opportunity make some decisions and internal commitments about what you want to accomplish and experience in the new year in your personal and/or professional life. Does considering that type of thinking and planning send you into overwhelm? Here are three suggestions to help you find your way.
Choose a guiding theme or message for the year. This year my guiding them is, “feed your heart.” Recently while being coached I came to the realization that when I feed my heart I have fun, feel most alive, and experience joy. Last year was so heavy with family obligations and hard work that I really long for more fun and joy in the coming year. Feeding my heart with experiences of deep connection, creating beauty, spending time in nature, spending time with dogs, and enjoying music is the way for me to get that.
Choose an area for personal or professional growth and learning. One of the best ways to feel alive and excited about life is to be engaged in learning something new, particularly something that is in alignment with your values, needs and your guiding theme. My areas of learning and growth for 2014 will be in further developing my coaching skills and in some type of art endeavor.
Make a decision to get unstuck in at least one area of your life and make it so. Perhaps you’re stuck in a pattern of overeating when stressed. Perhaps your physical environment is cluttered and keeps you stuck in indecision and in an inability to take action on your own behalf. For years my automatic has been work, work, work. My drug of choice is work. I’ve been somewhat clueless and mostly unsuccessful in efforts to play, lighten up and have fun. Because I have no been successful at achieving more balance between work and fun/play on my own, I’m seeking support from a coach specifically to address my own self-care. Our goal is to increase my awareness about the nature of my challenge and about how to shift from being a compulsive doer to being a more balanced, playful person.
Following through on any one of the above steps could be challenging. How will you keep them in the forefront of your mind as you drift back into the current of daily life post holidays?
Partnering with a coach is a great way to identify your goals for 2014, to keep them in your awareness, and make steady progress to accomplish them. If you want 2014 to be your best year yet, I hope you’ll call me to discuss the possibility of working with me as your coach (804-730-4991). I’m offering a $50 discount off three 30 minute micro-coaching sessions until January 31 ($150 reduced to $100). Consider coaching to launch yourself into the new year with intention and purpose.