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Another New Beginning!

Welcome to the New Year – 2020!!  It’s a nice round number, isn’t it?  I’m hoping that is a good omen.

I sort of bounded into the New Year with a new word/phrase for the year – practicing imperfection!  I heard this from Reshma Saujani, founder of “Girls Who Code”.  She gave a talk about how to be brave.  The three points she offered were:

  1. Practice imperfection
  2. Do something you suck at (or think you suck at)
  3. Just start

Saujani says, “You don’t have to be good at what you’re doing.  Do what you enjoy.  Do you makes you feel alive.”  That last sentence really spoke to my whole body, let along my heart and soul.  Do you have things in your life that you just cannot help but do, pursue, create, or make happen??  I definitely do.  I simply cannot help myself to coach/heal, create art, create and hold workshops.  I simply must.

So, I’m adopting Saujani’s first point this year and I’ve found that I feel quite free, or certainly freer to “just start” and to keep going with what I already in place.  The voice in my head definitely makes itself known though – “You’re not talented enough.”  “Will anyone else want this?”  “What will people say?”  “What if I’m criticized?”  You know the drill.  But, when I think of practicing imperfection (over and over again – it’s a practice), I feel in my bones that I can try whatever I want with absolutely no expectations, except to enjoy myself and let my heart and soul be so happy.  Isn’t that a nice thought?

I know the power of making this a yearly practice.  I did this in earnest last year.  Last year my phrase was – Explore with Self-kindness.  I brought self-compassion into my life and it has been transformative.  I’m still working on it.  And, I know that it is helping me to be bolder this year.  I encourage you to do the same thing.  So……

What are you up to and for this year?  Do you have your word or phrase that will guide you through the year?  You can think of it as an intention for the year.  Give yourself some time to breathe and tap into your deepest desire of what you want to experience, or how you want to be in 2020.  Then, practice, practice, practice your intention. Meditate.  Do mindfulness practices paying attention to what is or isn’t working for you, what is or isn’t supporting your intention.  Bring it to life.  Make it real.

Welcome to a new beginning!