Practices for a New Year
Slough off your dead skin with a firm, dry brush. Do twice daily as the new year approaches for best results.
Close your eyes and feel into the feeling of lightness in your chest as the sun stays longer in the sky. Breathe into it.
Let go of the rocks you’re carrying up the hill. Let them roll back down. Do not watch them go. Trust the landscape behind you to accommodate them.
Keep walking up the hill.
Stretch out your side body and sit up straight.
Make a list of your wins this year, even the small ones.
Make a list of what this year taught you to improve on. Mistakes and wins work together to move you forward.
Write down your wishes. Even the ones you’re ashamed of or think you don’t deserve or are bold for wanting.
Get rid of everything you don’t wear anymore.
Clean up your workspace.
Decide how you will track your money this year and then start: download the app/build the spreadsheet/get the ledger etc.
make a list of all the times your intuition told you something and you didn’t listen.
Make a list of all the times your intuition told you something and you trusted it.
Make a list of how you will relate to your intuition this coming year.
Put your tarot deck somewhere that you’ll remember to pull a daily card, like by the coffee pot or near your toothbrush.
If you don’t have a tarot deck, treat yourself to one.
Let go of limiting beliefs, like the idea that all tarot decks should be gifted, or that it’s rude to say what you really think, or that you should always put others first, or that you “just aren’t good at” a certain thing.
Send thank you cards for any gifts you received.
Clear a place in your closet or home to start stashing gifts and treasures so that when the holidays roll around next year, you are already halfway there.
Make a list of people you’ve been wanting to connect with so that next time you feel lonely or sorry for yourself, you can look at the list and invite one of these people to tea and start building new friendships.
Release the friendships that don’t make you feel good. Just let them fall into the compost pile so new things can grow.
Cancel any monthly subscriptions that don’t bring you joy or ease.
Imagine what it feels like to have everything you want. Do this daily for at least a full minute.
Stop feeling bad about not liking certain things. Decide to trust your inclinations and see what happens.
Stop investing in people who are mean to you.
Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to learn but feel too old/too tired/too intimidated to learn. Choose one thing on the list to learn this year.
Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Let the forgiveness be easy, like pouring hot syrup on a waffle.
Sit for a few minutes in the cringe-y pain of the most memorable moments where you could have done better. Commit to yourself to do better. Take advantage of any opportunities to act on this commitment.
Write down the elements of a good apology and put it on your fridge.
Send appreciation texts to anyone who you could not have gotten through the year without.
Choose one thing to stop wasting money on and explore the feeling that you get when you buy that thing
Start a jar to save money for a nice thing you’ve always wanted but feel like you can’t afford.
Delete half the people you follow on social media. Let yourself begin again. Pretend your brain is a beautiful gallery and everyone you follow is a piece of art you’re choosing to hang.
As this year shifts into next year: drink a glass of water, walk outside, take a bath, do what needs to be done to feel rested and strong, and let it all begin again.
Carry your memories but release the burdens.
Don’t look back.
This has been quite a year, and I don’t expect things to get any less intricately beautiful or intense as time goes on. Sending you all so much love.