Setting 2011 Intentions + Picking My Word

It’s the new year and for me that means setting my intentions and goals. One of my favorite things to do is to get out my Wish Box and write out my vision on a little cards that I stick inside the box. It’s fun to pull out old cards and see what’s already manifested.

In 2010 my focus was “Grounded Growth” to help lay the foundation for 2011.

This year, using Goddess Leonie’s fabulous Goddess Planner again, I picked the word “Shine.” Now that 2011 is here and my book is launching next month (yipee!!), I’m gearing up to put myself out there in a bigger way. I set the intention to let my creative work and life purpose radiate naturally from me as I expand my reach and grow myself and my business even more.

I’ve been dreaming up lots of new and exciting things for 2011 and I can’t wait to share more in the coming months.

What’s your word for the year? What intentions and goals are you setting for yourself in 2011? I’d love to hear.

Grounded Growth in 2010

I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the new year. I haven’t posted in awhile as I’ve been heads down with writing my manuscript and preparing for my upcoming Right-Brain Business Plan e-Course that I can’t wait to share soon. Despite moving into 2010 full-steam ahead, it’s still important to pause and set my intentions for the new year. Goddess Leonie’s 2010 Goddess Planner has been a fun way for me to dip into some creative visioning. If you haven’t checked out this fab resource yet, I highly recommend it (and I’m not saying it just cuz I get a commission!). It’s a colorful, jam-packed, inspirational, and uber-affordable guide that is well worth treating yourself to.

During a yoga class at the beginning of the month, my teacher invited us to set an intention for the new year. I already knew that I wanted growth to be a focal point in 2010 and a foundation for the new decade. But given the overwhelm and stress I had been feeling, I knew it couldn’t be about super-accelerated expansion. I sat on my yoga mat, closed my eyes, and breathed. As I reflected on Sean’s inquiry, the phrase “grounded growth” emerged clearly. It’s the perfect theme for what I want to create this year. I want to grow bigger in my business and in my personal life. And I want to do so in a way that is rooted, calming, and mindful.

Leonie’s medicine bag exercise encourages us to identify ways that we can take care of our goddess-self. I enjoyed jotting down all the comforts, support, and self-care activities I can lean into to make sure there is lots of grounding in my growth.

As the medicine bag reminds me, support and encouragement from friends is vital to my grounded growth. I love that my friend Britt Bravo sent me a thoughtful handmade gift the other week – a sparkly magnet with an inspiring message. And to top it off, the book club ladies snail mailed an envelope full of fortunes from a recent book club gathering that I missed. Leaning into friends, asking for help, and actively seeking support (like hiring a VA – yay!) have been immensely helpful as I find myself in venturing into new territory.

What’s your intention or theme for the new year? And what’s in your “medicine bag” to support you on your journey?