A Powerful Ritual for the New Year

Beginnings...bring a different energy! 

I love the start of a new year. There's something exhilarating about a fresh start and a clean slate: a new calendar, writing the number 1, and re-training the brain to write a '16 instead of a '15 on checks (if you still write checks).

In the sport of swimming, teams are often at training camp over the New Year's holiday. We started a tradition of sitting down as a team and thinking about an intention for the year. Since we were training hard and the team was pretty tired, I didn't want to add another serious "goal" to their plate..like coming up with a bunch of resolutions. I wanted something more fun...more powerful...more meaningful.


There's nothing wrong with setting a new year's resolution. It's great to work towards things you want to change and set goals to get there. For me, they just never really worked.

Resolutions bring out perfectionist tendencies - leaving lots of room to fall short and end up feeling guilty. By the end of January a pretty good "not good enough" hangover has kicked in. Bad habits return and along with the familiar shoulder shrug..."oh well" attitude.

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Celebrate YOU!

written by Erica Quam

So, almost 40 years ago I was born.  That's right.  This is a big one for me.  I'm not one to like a lot of pomp and circumstance or big celebrations for myself.  Ever!  I'd much rather play things low key, have a nice quiet dinner with Kerry, and a toast with a nice bottle of wine.  

This year is no different.  Except...it is a milestone.  40 years old.  Wow.  I had a good friend turn 45 this week.  I wished her happy birthday and she replied with her intention for her 45th year.  It is, "45 and SO alive"!  

Well, I'm a sucker for setting a good intention.  Whether it's for the day, the week, the month or the year.  I'm all about it.  So, that got me thinking.  What's my intention going to be for this year?

I've decided that this will be a year of celebration.  I'd like to get in the habit of acknowledging the things that are going well in my life.  I'd like to celebrate each day with an attitude of gratitude.  I'm even going to stretch myself and celebrate my mistakes and my failures.  Does that sound crazy?  Well, what I know is that my mistakes and failures help steer me in the right direction.  I learn so much more from challenges than I do when everything is going well.

So, join me in this year of celebration.  It doesn't matter how old or young you are.  Everyone can use a boost of confidence and more momentum in their lives.  How do you build confidence and momentum?  Celebrate today!

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