Plan your hours to be productive. Plan your weeks to be educational. Plan your years to be purposeful. Plan your life to be an experience of growth. Plan to change. Plan to grow. -Iyanla Vanzant
What a year, right? Ups and downs. Highs and lows. Twists and turns. So, the big question with a not-so-simple answer is… What. Did. You. Learn? Each of us has that “thing” that will keep coming for us (yes, rearing its pretty little head) until we get it. What’s yours? Did you recognize IT this year? And if so, did you make a conscious choice (different from the last time) so that a better, healthier, more loving result was produced?
Take a moment. Reflect on your 2013 experiences. And do us a big favor, don’t judge them good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, focus on what you learned and celebrate your growth and perseverance. Aging, of course, is inevitable, but emotional maturity is a choice, and the way to develop it is by learning from your experiences.
The Phoenix Shine writing team shared their inspiring reflections on 2013, as well as their intentional goals for the new year. Take a look:
My three biggest lessons this year, (1) focus on the positive, and more positive things happen, (2) have faith in my prayers. They will be answered. Things might not happen the way I THINK they should, but they will happen in a way that supports my healthy well-being. That’s better than what I asked for! Lastly, (3) accept where I am in life. Acceptance lets the universe know that I’m ready for the next level of the journey. So, for 2014? I will continue being open to the beautiful, joyous, challenging, and unfortunately, sometimes-painful experiences I know I’ll have, and then ask myself, “What did you learn?”
This year I learned the importance of trusting my gut and walking in faith. I learned about believing in the intangible and having star-reaching wild impossible dreams – many in fact. And then after I dream, begin believing that I am crazy enough to walk them out. I learned most of all that I must speak things into existence. I must walk out my artistry and work on my artistic skills; then BOOM, it’s about time I stop questioning my worth and call myself an ARTIST, don’tcha think? Next year I foresee walking in my gifts and learning more about myself in the various roles I embody. My hope is to simply be the BEST Impossible me, and let the rest take care of itself.
With a new year dawning I’m reflecting on the major lessons I’ve mastered in 2013 while setting realistic and practical intentions of what I’d like to see manifest in my life in 2014. This past year has been a year of major transition in EVERY aspect of my life. With that said, I’ve learned the significance of truly committing to a faith walk, honoring my hearts desires, and the importance of creating my reality. With these treasured gems now an active part of my everyday swag, my 2014 will reflect an abundance of Love, Freedom, and Prosperity in EVERY aspect of my life. And for all these things, I give thanks!
This year, I’ve learned to let go of what no longer serves me and to surround myself with people who lift me up and complement my energy. For 2014, I want to continue to focus on staying in the moment. In the past, I’ve dealt with anxiety—trying to predict and control the future at all times of the day. One of the things The Phoenix Rising Collective has taught me is to enjoy what is right in front of me. Instead of stressing over what needs to be done for the day, I watch the sunrise each morning instead. I’m looking forward to many sunrises in 2014.
This year I have learned a few important lessons that I would like to continue coming back to for re-learning and reflecting: (1) state my intentions up front; it always has the best outcome; (2) tell my family and friends how much I love them on a regular basis; and (3) appreciate life’s smaller blessings, and don’t always expect large changes over night. In 2014 I would like to positively focus on treating my body better. I would like to make an honest investment in myself by carving out time every day to do something good for my body (eating better, working out, etc). I plan to actively claim this for myself every day.
Share your 2013 reflections with us; we’d like to hear from you. If you need more inspiration on how to get started with setting your intentional goals for 2014, read this Self-Love Tip of the Day.
And if you’d like to read more articles from our contributors this year, by all means, just click a photo above and you’re there.
Happy New Year! Keep rising. Be self-love in action.