As we reach the end of the year, the Age of Aquarius is upon us! At least according to astrologers. And there are definitely some celestial happenings at the end of this year that point to the independent and quirky water bearer.
For one, when Jupiter and Saturn conjoined last week, it was within the sign of Aquarius, and beginning in February, more planets and stars will make their transition into this sector of the sky. Aquarius is anything but traditional, and it symbolizes rebellion, social change, technological advancement, and an emphasis on a global community. Sounds a little on the nose, huh?
Whether you believe in astrology or not, why not channel some of Aquarius’s innovative and visionary energy to guide your life into a new, positive direction in the New Year? With the big ball drop just hours away, it’s the right time to say goodbye to 2020 and start 2021 with clear intentions and possibility.
Here are my Top 5 ways to harness that Aquarius energy before midnight!
Scan The Highlight Reel
Before you can get where you’re going, it helps to know where you’ve been. While you don’t want to dwell too long on the past, it’s helpful to have a barometer on what motivates you and what doesn’t fit into your life anymore. So much can change in a year, (especially at the end of THIS year!) including your priorities, so what seemed like a must last January might not resonate with who you are now. And that’s totally normal, by the way!
So, set aside some time before the end of the year to journal (or write yourself a letter, vlog — whatever feels right for you) about the past 12 months. Did you accomplish what you’d hoped? What went really well? Where do you feel you need to improve? What are you most proud of from the past year?
If all the checkboxes on last year’s intentions aren’t marked off, don’t beat yourself up! This has been the year that’s felt like 100 years. Plus, judging yourself will just hold you back from taking inspired action. If you need a little help in this area, check out my tips on practicing self-forgiveness and practicing a judgement detox.
Meditate On Your Master Plan
Now that you have a better idea of how the end of the year went, let’s focus on 2021! What do you want to manifest in your life in the New Year? I recommend writing out a detailed list of your desired feelings and outcomes, to help you get super clear about your intentions and create a strong mental picture.
Once you have that picture set in your mind, I want you to focus on creating systems that will support that vision, not just a to-do list of goals. A goal is an end result, but like the phrase goes, “It’s the journey, not the destination.” Have you ever heard actors who finally win an Oscar say after the night was over, they didn’t feel any different (or even better)? That’s because once we check something off the list, we often get wrapped up in, “What’s next?” By focusing on creating a supportive system or routine for your vision instead, you’ll create lasting change without feeling like you need to rush to the next milestone.
Manifest That $h!t
It may sound woo-woo, but I am all about the power of positive thoughts to draw good things into your life. I have a few out-of-the-box ways to sprinkle your wishes into your new year. Check them out here. You can also incorporate your new plan into your daily routine by using affirmations. If you haven’t tried this method yet, you gotta get in on this powerful way to manifest. Here’s a starter guide. Finally, close out your brainstorm session with this easy 5-minute meditation that will help you call in more health, wealth and joy into your life.
Take Your Vision Into The Digital Age
I love having a physical reminder of what’s important to me to help keep me on track. So why not email your best girlfriends and host a virtual vision board party? The supply list is simple: poster boards, magazines, scissors and glue sticks — but you can add in a little flair with glitter, stickers, ribbons and markers. What not celebrate the end of the year by creating some seriously fun ART?
And you’ll definitely want to have fun with it because you’ll want to put it somewhere you can see it all year, like over your desk or in your room. (P.S. If you’re feeling brave, post a picture of your vision board on Instagram and tag @ThePlanteLife. I’ll repost my favorites!)
If you’d prefer something more techy, check out mindmovies.com, where you can create a digital video vision board, complete with a soundtrack and animation. Or play around on Canva and make a desktop or smartphone wallpaper version of your board. VISUAPP will also send you notifications to take a break and meditate on your vision.
Invest Time In Yourself
If there is one thing we’ve learned by the end of this year, it’s that you must make yourself and your health a priority. If you’re exhausted, stressed and your body feels like it’s falling apart, you’re going to spend far more time than you’d like concentrating on getting your health back on track before you can even touch your 2021 plans.
Self-care needs to be non-negotiable time devoted to only you, even if it’s just 15 minutes each day.
So, my Challenge to you is to download The Plante Life Self-Care Planner here. In it, you’ll find daily affirmations, self-care suggestions and a place to plan and record your daily progress. And once you’ve figured out what self-care activities you’re going with, schedule them in your calendar right away.
Then check that off your to-do list, and enjoy a warm holiday beverage!
What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned this year? What are you going to focus on in 2021. Leave me a comment in The Badass Beauty Club on Facebook, and be sure to join me for a LIVE discussion there every Friday at 9AM PT.
LOVE + Happy New Year!