How do you prepare for a new year? I don’t mean finding the perfect NYE dress or making party plans; I’m talking about embracing the shifting energy that comes with the big ball drop to its maximum potential.
Next week is usually one of the quietest times of the year, so for me, it’s the perfect time to dust off my favorite end of the year rituals and set myself up for a stellar first quarter.
And of course, I’m going to share my secrets with you!
Review The Past Year
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 including your priorities, so what seemed like a must last December 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! 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 2023!
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 More With A Positive Mindset
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.
Why 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 @moniquaplantewellness. 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
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 2023 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 Feel Good in Your Body Guidebook, if you haven’t already. You’ll learn my FAB FIVE FORMULA — the five pillars of health, beauty and vitality that you can put into action today, just in time to start the New Year.
I want you feeling fabulous in 2023, prioritizing your needs without guilt and embracing your badass self without hesitation!
Do you have any end of year traditions you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below.
LOVE + Happy New Year!