A New Year, A New Start

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Do you believe in the new year providing a fresh start? I do. Actually, any time is a good time to begin anew. With the calendar reflecting 1/1 to kick things off, it feels like a natural time to plan for new adventures.

My personal words to start the year are: Proactive, Energetic, Introspection.

To me, this means that I want to spend time uncovering what is most important, and then taking action steps to bring about positive, lasting change. I create my own path, one that is true to my needs and desires. I focus on my energy as I do tasks. Does this task bring about negative or positive energy?  I want to spend more time being in energy that frees me, energy that I enjoy, both my own and that which surrounds me. I am kind to myself.

In order to gain clarity on my inner voice, I need to do things each day that bring out this voice. To do this, I am implementing daily meditation, deep breathing exercises, journaling, yoga, nature hikes, and a (mostly) plant-based diet. Together, these practices will give my inner voice a passageway from my unconscious mind to my conscious mind.

In effect, my goal is to get in tune with my intuition. If I’m paying attention to my inner self, ideas may pop into my mind at any time. I need to be ready to write down these thoughts as they occur, and then take action.

I am excited to get started.

What are your personal words to start the year?

14 thoughts on “A New Year, A New Start”

  1. I just scheduled a post for Jan 7 that says something like “I will keep my spirits up and inspire others to do so as well”. Definitely focus on positive energy. You’ll do well, I’m sure! I understand you kicked off 2022 already following your plans of eating plant based food: PBJ sandwich qualifies in my book!

    Happy new year, nice to meet you, Marc!

    1. Tamara, yes the PBJ sandwich hit the spot on new years. I usually use raisins or banana instead of the jelly, but it had to be done. I look forward to reading your Jan 7 post. Enjoy your day!

  2. Hi Marc, I’m so glad you wrote this piece and I wish you well in planning fresh, new adventures. Seasonally it feels good to revisit my thoughts on renewal and my word of the year is “Willing”. To me this means being willing to take action on my dreams, even (especially) when it feels way out of my comfort zone to do so. I was inspired by this quote “Being willing makes you able” – Rhonda Britten

  3. Marc, you make such good points. This one jumps out for me: “I create my own path, one that is true to my needs and desires. I focus on my energy as I do tasks. Does this task bring about negative or positive energy? ” This is so important! Does the action lower or raise your energy? It’s a perfect time on 1/1 to think fresh about everything. My primary goal this year is to rebuild my vitality after extreme challenges in 2021. If I get one word, it’s “vitality”. Thanks for a strong post!

  4. Happy New Year Marc, glad to see you back in the UBC! What great goals and I like to create my own path too. I’ve never thought about yearly words but my words would be leader and encouragement.

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