I’m a little slow to the game this year friends, and as I amble into 2023 I wish you all the very best for a happy and fulfilling New Year, without all the pressures of having to set goals and resolutions!! If you’ve read my prior blogs, you know I feel strongly about taking it slow this time of year instead of rushing in with gusto and then petering out.
As I scrolled through instagram yesterday, I happened across a post by none other than Oprah, and it resonated deeply with me, so I’m sharing it with you. She says, “As you walk into the new year, take this as a reminder to put one foot in front of the other. One foot in front of the other. One foot in front of the other. And whether you’re hiking an actual mountain or just tackling a problem, remember to look at how far you have come and not how far you have left to go!”
2022 has been full of ups and downs, with aging parents, my Mom’s illness, my mother-in-law’s sad passing, kids flying the coop, a joyful celebration of Mood Indigo’s 10th Holiday Open House, fun times at the Farmer’s Market with Dawn, and the general ups and downs of life. And I’m just a wee bit tired… and yes, my heart is heavy and sad. And still, I do know there is a lot to be grateful for.
While I really want to talk about intentions and rituals for the New year and focus on the positive, the fact is, I’ve got to walk my talk!! So I’ll be spending a fair bit of time processing this past year, letting go, feeling all the feels, journaling and releasing as much as I can, so that I can make room for all that 2023 will bring... the good and the not so great!
So join me and grab a journal, write shit down, weep, get angry, let the emotions out, reach out to a therapist if you need help and then and only then, set your intentions for the year.
I’ll leave you with this gorgeous quote by Kiva Rose:
“Even as the river pounds against the canyon walls and long shadows drape themselves across the forest, I feel the year turning and life shifting around me. The winter may be long, but the sun is beginning to grow even now. Potential begins in these liminal spaces and sprouts from the moments in between. This return to the light will be noticeable in our solar battery banks, in the ever-changing cycles of plant life, and in the very way the light slants across the canyon walls. The new year is waiting for us, and now is the time to discover what might bloom when the green returns!”
Thanks for all your support, interest, care and enthusiasm for all things Mood Indigo! You are appreciated more than you know!
PS: And if you are looking for a ritual to help process, with writing prompts attached, you'll find it in last years blog post here: