Welcome 2015! I’ve been waiting for you to get here and make everything better! Well, maybe not everything. Most things, I guess.
I don’t know about you, but we had a very late night here at Gumbo Acre South. After watching fireworks on the beach and kissing my Sweet Husband at the stroke of midnight, we came home to play a few rounds of Presidents and Assholes with our friends. Good times with lots of laughs and memories made, but it didn’t lend itself to getting out and taking 2015 by storm…which is OK because I don’t know that I want to take 2015 by storm. I think instead I might rather just kind of ease into the year – giving it the freedom to be what it wants to be.
I have always believed that on the first day of the year, you should be doing the things that you want to do throughout the remaining year. Despite a late start, there was a brief visit with the parents and a goodbye to our friends, so I can check off “spend time with family and friends” because I definitely want to do more of that. I also spent time writing and meditating and doing a little bit of exercise.
Two magical things happened today – a day where Sweet Husband and I were lazy together with our puppies and enjoyed the quiet of our house. Both SH and I decided on our words for the year, and I determined my Core Desired Feelings for the year.
I’ve been thinking about my word for the last month or so. I didn’t manage to do much with my word from last year, which was trust. I identified the word but then I didn’t think about it again. I’d like for that to be different this year.
There were several candidates for my word – discover, explore, imagine. But none of those felt quite right. Ultimately I really thought about what I wanted in the new year 0 what is the ultimate goal for my 2015? And then it became clear.
My word for the year is HOME. I want to come home this year – to not be in a commuter marriage. I also want to find my creative home – determine which way I’m going to take my hobbies – what my focus is going to be in my creative endeavors. I want to turn our house into a home and I want to have a home of our own. We talk about buying the house where we live now but when the Sner was here, she and SH browsed houses online and it is entirely possible that we can find something better than where we are for relatively the same amount of money. I want to feel at ease in my home and to make it a welcoming space.
I think there are probably other ways that that it will play out as well, and I intend o be ready to explore those as they arise.
While we were snuggled up this morning, I happened to ask SH what he thought his word for the year might be, and after a joke response, he said sincerely and earnestly either Active or Activity . He wants to go places and do things, engage more with the world around him – be active.
I couldn’t be prouder of him for making that decision. I can’t wait to be home to help him with those.
Core Desired Feelings
If you have spent much time here, you may have heard me say, “my core desired feelings” or something along those lines. Core Desired Feelings (CDF) are the brainchild of Danielle LaPorte. I have her Desire Map book, but when I went searching for it, I could’t find it. It will, so I am not worried in that respect. I would have liked to quickly review what Danielle says before sitting with my ideas for myself this year.
During my morning pages and my work throughout the day, I settled on what I think is perfect for me in terms of my CDFs.
Now that I have those down, I can begin to set my intentions for the coming year. This weekend look for a post about what those might be.
Yesterday Elizabeth Gilbert talked on her facebook page about the magic of a new year and the importance of creating ritual around the new year. I’m not sure I have ever thought to have a ritual for the year, but it seems appropriate.
I chose to burn away the remains of 2014 and ignite my hopes and desires for 2015. There is something powerful about fire, and I love the symbolism of releasing everything – hopes and dreams – into the universe on the columns of smoke.
So I wrote down the things that I want to let go of – including fear and frustration – as well as a summary statement for 2014.
I also wrote down the things that I want to invite into my life in 2015 – including 3 summary statements.
I’m not sure what the paper was doing – some of it was very difficult to get going, – and for a moment I was terrified that the ceramic pot I do my rituals and ceremonies in was go to explode from all the heat. We all came through just fine, and I I felt very much at peace when I was done.
How have your spent your first day of 2015? Do you have a traditional ceremony that you perform each time the new year rolls around? I have a feeling that the next year is going to be incredible. I am ready, and I hope that you are excited about all that is to come.