2018 NORTH STAR

Center Artword by Odilon Redon / Edit by me

Center Artword by Odilon Redon / Edit by me

2018.

BABY,

LET'S DANCE.

No conventional resolutions.  No pressure.  No doing-the-thing-that-everyone-says-is-the-way-to-conquer-the-next-365.

I'm going to throw out a few practices that I've found to be a) simple b) quick c) effective d) scribble-able on a cocktail napkin at 11:45pm tonight (NYE), if that's the way you roll (in which case, we'd get along REAL nice).

But, above all, and whether or not you adopt any of these suggested modalities, remember you are already a gorgeous specimen...right now.  You're nailing this human journey.  You are weird/pretty/asymmetrical/imbalanced/kooky/delightful/huggable/kissable/absolutely LOVEABLE.

Here we go 2018, we are going to be excellent dance partners:

The HELL YES and HELL NO Lists

HELL YES:  What do you WANT -really F*ING WANT- in your life in the year ahead?  Don't you dare hold back.  Write that juicy, crazy, big stuff down.  Make sure these things come from an authentic place, not a "this will make me look cool on Instagram" place.  This list serves as a reminder to yourself that YOU ARE WORTH HAVING NICE AND GOOD THINGS.

HELL NO:  What do you NOT WANT infesting your life in the year ahead?  These could be current people, places, feelings, and objects OR that which you've never experienced but will NEVER. EVER. SETTLE for.  Claim your standards, babe.

EVOLUTION vs. FOSSILIZE

EVOLUTION:  Name 1 quality or skill you will add to your bag of tricks (punctuality...knitting...posture...matching socks).

FOSSILIZE: Name 1 quality/skill you absolutely adore about yourself.  You will solidify -fossilize- this within your DNA.

The NORTH STAR Word

Bust out your thesaurus app or let your mind intuitively guide you to a single-word mantra for the year ahead.

I've done this exercise for the past five years, and each word -at various vital pivots- has served as both enthusiastic RA-RA cheerleader and hardcore swift-kick-in-the-ass cowgirl.

The North Star Word is a guide leading me to my full, authentic nature.  It's an element of me at my best.  This word knows what I am capable of, even in times of the deepest, darkest self-doubt.  My previous words have included chutzpah, hustle, standout, and courage. 

2018 is my year of:

EXPANSION

Finally, my babes, I will leave you with the gorgeous passage that my yoga teacher spoke into this morning's still, Shavasana air:

May your coming year

be filled with

magic

and

dreams

and

good madness.

I hope you read

some fine books

and kiss someone who

thinks you're

wonderful,

and don't forget

to make some

art --

write or draw

or build or sing

or live as only you can.

And I hope,

somewhere in the next year

you surprise yourself.

- Neil Gaiman

❤️ &✌🏾