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New Year, Renewed Mindset

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

Happy New Year! *throws confetti*


Now that the virtual parties and Christmas cakes are finished, it's time to get to work but where do we start?


You may have lots of goals written down or you may be thinking things through.

For me, I've been trying to pull myself out of a rut.


Have you ever made a mistake and thought "lawd gawd, everybody see mi"? If you have considered rolling into a ball and disappearing after something didn't go as planned, you're not alone.


In fact, I felt this very same way after launching my podcast and website in 2020, but here I am, shouting from the keyboard - LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN.

My inner critic says "Why bother? You have soiled your perfect track record and let your listeners down." We can be so mean to ourselves. So here I am taking my own advice by silencing my inner critic, choosing to moving forward and embracing good vibes.


As I write, I am sitting in shade provided by beautiful trees and I can't help but feel overwhelmed with acceptance and openness. Acceptance of what is and what has happened while being completely open to the year ahead.

I am embracing the cycle of renewal, positive energy and possibility. I have no grandiose plans with every last detail, but what I do have is a sense of hope.



When I walked outside, I looked for the ‘perfect spot’ and I almost didn’t sit here because of the dead leaves to the right, but I sat here anyway. Soon after I sat down, I saw a few 'biting ants' which would scare away anyone looking for a cool seat in the shade, but I sat here anyway.


The first thought is to avoid what we do not like or what makes us feel uncomfortable. But who said the ant would bite me in the first place? Plus a few dead leaves don't hurt.

So, I went ahead with my meditation and yoga guided by a soothing instrumental I found, rightfully titled ‘Good Vibes’.

Listen here: Good Vibes - Meditation Healing Music


After this, I opened my eyes and noticed these vivid leaves that looked hand-drawn, just beside the dead ones. How could I have not noticed these leaves before? I was so caught up with what I didn’t like to even appreciate the beauty of it all. I was too focused on finding somewhere 'perfect'.



The ability to appreciate your current circumstances, emotions and even people as they are is a unique skill. This is the direct opposite of perfectionism.


So, take a deep breath even if you don't feel like it and sit here anyway.

Embrace where you are right now.


I am committed to being more open to the big picture and the fullness of this experience we call life. I will embrace this renewed mindset by being focused on openness and I wish for you the same.


Good Vibes,

Gill







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