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what do you want more of next year?

New-Year-More

It's that time of year when people start talking about New Year's resolutions — what resolutions to make, how to keep them, and whether or not they're even worth making. While I don't have a strong opinion about New Year's resolutions — some years I make them, most years I don't — I do feel like the end of the year is a good time to take a step back from day-to-day life and think about what you want in the year ahead. 

About a week ago, I came across this image via Pinterest and instantly connected with its message of contemplating what I would like more of in the year to come. It reminded me that, while the end of the year can be a good time to think about what we don't want in the coming year — the habits we'd like to break, the changes we'd like to make — it's also a great time to focus attention on what we do want. 

Recently I read a quote that really resonated with me by Dr. Wayne Dyer. He said, "Keep reminding yourself: I get what I think about, whether I want it or not." In my own life, I've found that statement to be true. And, if that's the way it goes, it's beneficial to focus attention on what we want instead of calling to mind what we don't want. The more consideration we give to the things we want, the more likely we'll be to do engage in behaviors, interact with people, and cultivate thoughts that bring us closer to what we're seeking. 

As you embark on a new year, I'll leave you with this one question: What do you want more of in 2015? Whatever your answer to this question, I hope it's yours in the months to come, and I hope your year is filled with positivity and love. 

  

 

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Not sure what you really want more of in your life? The start of a new year is a great time to discover more about yourself and what you want most by downloading a copy of the e-book Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery. Filled with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your very own soul-searching copy here.


positively present picks: december 26, 2014

The Best
 

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"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."

Hal Borland

 

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Illustrated Tree Slices : love this DIY idea - so adorable!

Productivity Tips That Make a Difference : start 2015 off productively

How to Deal with Chronic Complainers : handle that negativity positively

4-7-8 Breathing Trick : works so well for stress + instant sleep

The New Year Means Nothing If... : this quote really inspires me

29 Things to Remember for the New Year : all of these are great reminders

Snowflake Close Ups : snowflakes are just so gorgeous, aren't they?

50 Questions to Help You Reflect, Appreciate, + Get Ready for 2015

Practicing Slowness + Being Present : great tips from Zen Habits

We Need Each Other : here's scientific proof from the stars

New Year's Traditions from Around the World : I'm doing #1 for sure! ;)

 

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Check out this week's
Positively Present playlist on YouTube
 

"Let Us Stay in the Light" — Dream Waves
"Happy" — Marina & the Diamonds
"Nightcall" — London Grammar
"Hustler" — Josef Salvat
"Push Pull" — Purity Ring
"District Sleeps Alone Tonight" — The Postal Service
"Walk Unafraid" — First Aid Kit
"Daylight Colours" — Gold & Youth
"Careful You" — TV on the Radio
"Living for Love" — Madonna
"Feel Safe" — All We Are
"New Years Eve" — First Aid Kit

 

The Burgess Boys
Elizabeth Strout

(pre-order my book, coming in January!)

The Positively Present Guide to Life
Dani DiPirro

 


dear santa : writing a grown-up christmas list

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The other day I was watching one of my favorite cheesy holiday films in which a kid wrote Santa asking for a new wife for her dad, and I thought to myself, I wish I could write a letter to Santa asking for what I want... A bit silly, I know, the idea of writing to Santa, but then it struck me: I could write to Santa. Sure, I couldn't expect him to deliver the goods on Christmas morning, and I couldn't rely on a Hallmark-movie ending, but it might actually do me some good to take a moment to think about what I really want and put it in writing.

While I don't believe everything I've read about the Law of Attraction — I don't think you can't just think something and hope it will happen; you have to take positive action — I do believe there's something to be said for putting into words the things you want in your life. We often think we know what we want, but when you sit down and actually write down what you want, it can be an eye-opening experience. Your priorities are made clear; your desires are put into words. 

So, ridiculous as it sounds, I'm writing a letter to Santa for the first time in decades. I'm sitting down and thinking about what I really want this year (aside from all of these material things). I thought about writing about what I want in the year ahead, but that seemed like a big job — more New-Year's-resolution than letter-to-Santa — so instead of focusing on what I want in general, I'm focusing on what I want for the holidays. Here's what I'm asking for...

 

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As you can see from the list, a lot of those things are within my control — patience, mindfulness, etc. — but writing them down is a great reminder to me about how I want to act and feel during the holiday season. (And I'm sure it'll be a lovely reminder for my family members too — they can pull up this list when I start hurrying through meals or cleaning up wrapping paper before the presents have been opened.) Writing a letter to Santa as an adult sounds silly, but I actually found it to be a great way to really think about how I want to make the holidays as positive and present as possible. 

It's probably been a long time since you wrote a letter to Santa, but why not give it a try? (Or, if the whole Santa thing is too silly for you, why not write a letter to yourself or the Universe or whatever entity seems like it might be interested in hearing about your desires?) Click below to download a full-size (8.5x11in) blank letter to Santa that you can fill in with your desires.  

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, filled with all the things you ask Santa for! 

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Click here to download the Dear Santa letter 

 

 

Finding-Self-Cover

Having trouble thinking about what you really want to ask Santa for? You might want to discover more about yourself and what you want most by downloading a copy of the e-book Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery. Filled with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your very own soul-searching copy here.