Happy January!

How is your year going so far (non-rhetorical question)?

Usually I do a word or motto of the year. This year I’m thinking about intentions that are more seasonal. Something that feels right at the beginning of the year when it’s cold and dark might not be where I am at the peak of summer or the dryness of autumn.

When I think seasonally, I can work with where I want to focus in the short-term and how that is supported by the energy of the season.

For example, even though I have big dreams for this year, the next couple of months are about getting some structure and routine in place, as well as staying quieter and restful for the big work ahead.

I can imagine, as the days lengthen, that that will shift into more action, more outward expression. But I’m not there yet.

If you like thinking seasonally, here are a few questions to consider:

Where do I want to focus my energy for the next 2-3 months?

What does my body, mind, spirit need right now (knowing you don’t have to stay with that answer all year)?

Is there a short-term goal that wants my attention this season?

If there is a long-term goal this year, what are three things I can do to prepare or move toward it in the next few months?

How do I relate to this season? Do I have a story about this time of year that is positive (or not)? How that might affect me/my dreams?

You can revisit these questions as you feel the seasons (of nature or inside you) shift.

As you know, our work as humans is generally slower and more circular than we prefer. Stay gentle with yourself.

Wishing you health and love,
Michelle

Just back from New York City (photo above). We watched the ball drop (on TV!) and saw the now-famous Mandarin duck (see below).

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