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I hope that you all had a wonderful festive season and that 2016 has started in the best possible way for you all. I seem to have ended the Christmas holidays more tired than when they started (not sure how that happened as we’ve had a very lazy two weeks), but hey ho. I’m now back at work and have already seen my first clients of 2016.
The start of a new year is often a time where people feel they need to make resolutions to somehow change themselves into better people. I used to do this too – sometimes I didn’t quite get there, sometimes I succeeded. Whichever way it ended up going I learned something about myself. Resolutions work for some people, and for others they don’t – there is no right or wrong. I think that as long as whatever you choose to do gets you closer to who you want to be the method of getting there (and what you call it) is less important than most people realise.
I haven’t made any resolutions for many years now. I’ve had goals and things I’ve wanted to achieve, and for the most part I’ve reached them, but this year something feels different. And so, as a result of all the horrible happenings and wake up calls that 2015 brought to my world I’ve decided to set an ‘intention’ for 2016. For me an intention is more about a way of being than a specific thing I’m giving up or doing more of. It’s a way of living my life that I follow as wholeheartedly as I can for the next twelve months (and beyond if I choose to). It’s slightly different to choosing a word to represent my year – I’ll be doing that too and will share it in an upcoming separate blog post.
On my last London therapy day of the year before Christmas and my first day back at work this year, I asked all of my clients to set their intentions for 2016. I’ll be asking the same question of the rest of my clients over the next couple of weeks, so if we haven’t had a session together where we’ve talked about setting intentions, this is what to expect 🙂
Here are a few examples of what people shared with me:
2016: My year of holding on and letting go
2016: My year of confidence
2016: My year of courage and kindness
2016: My year of hope and nourishment
2016: My year of me
2016: My year of victory
My intention for 2016 is to follow my heart. To really feel and listen to that place of stillness and peace inside me that lets me know what to do, where to go, what choice to make – regardless of what other people may think (because that’s their stuff, not mine). This is my life and my heart and I’m going to live it my way. I already know it’s not going to be easy – it’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time (wanting to please other people and not trusting myself enough). But the things that are worth it are rarely easy. It’s going to be uncomfortable and that’s ok too. I have no idea where this intention is going to take me or what my life might look like twelve months from now and I’m working on being open to whatever that may be.
You may have already set an intention for how you want to live your life through 2016 – if so, great! Please feel free to share it with me in the comments section below – I’d love to find out. And if you haven’t ever thought about setting a intention, why not give it a try? Leave it as a comment on this blog and then you could just begin to be curious as to how your life might start to change in big or small ways as you align yourself with your intention over the coming weeks and months.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for reading 🙂