MAKE THE NEW YEAR STELLAR
1. MANIFEST + VISUALIZE.
First things first. Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and write down everything you wish to accomplish in the new year. The most important thing to remember? Don't leave out a single thing. Let your dreams exceed your reality. You have to be confident in this. You are capable of creating the life you desire by design. You are capable of creating and ensuring your own health, happiness and wealth. You are capable. Read that. Speak that. Realize that.
- If you're looking to travel in the new year, write down the specific countries you will visit. Who will you travel with? How long will you travel for? What will you do on your travels? What will you see?
- If you're manifesting a raise at work this year, write down the exact amount of money you wish to start earning to the dollar. Then write down a list of things you will do with that increase of money in your bank account. How will the new money affect your life? How will it affect the life of those around you? Will you save, spend, share or donate? Will you travel? Invest? Where? Write it down. Be specific.
- If 2018 is the year you're going to get healthy, record exactly how you're going to achieve this health. Jot down the type of exercises classes you're going to attend, how often you're going to work out, the names of the health food stores you're going to start grocery shopping at, and the new vegan recipe blogs you're going to subscribe to.
- If you're really excited about welcoming a new partner or intimate relationship into your life in 2018, focus on that. Have fun with this one. Close your eyes. Visualize your dream relationship down to the last detail. Picture being with the person you've always wanted to be with. Even if you haven't met them yet. Focus your attention on all of the specifics. How will he or she will make you feel? How will you express your love to this person? How will you spend your time together? What will your first kiss be like? Your first date. Your first adventure together. Visualize it. Write it down.
2. DO GOOD
Next tip is quite simple. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. Do onto others (and the planet) what you wish for yourself. Adopt a vegan diet for environmental conservation or animal welfare purposes. Research local beach/nature clean ups or the Surfrider Foundation in your area. Reach out. Get involved. Call your local food bank or Meals on Wheels and sign up as a volunteer. Don't necessarily have time to give? Consider signing yourself up for a small monthly donations to the American Humane Society or the Wildlife Conservation charity. I love using Charitywatch.org to ensure the charities I am earning my money to are reputable and legitimate.
What you put out into this world, you receive back into your own life ten fold. Which is good enough incentive, if you ask me.
Share compassion, kindness and generosity. Sprinkle it everywhere you go. Know that the universal/higher power is working around the clock to bring back into your life what it is you focus your time and energy on the most. Give without expectation. It will be worth it. I promise you.
3. PRIORITIZE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
As wonderful as it is to give and share your energy with others - It is equally as important to focus on yourself and your own continual growth. Whether you're in school or you're not, make it a priority to keep learning always. My oldest sister graduated college over five years ago and continues to enroll herself in group acting, improvisation and foreign languages classes in between her chaotic work and life schedule in NYC. I admire that so much. Sign up for classes in your community or an online school/training that you've always had your eyes on. Invest in yourself and your passions.
Last month I signed up to take classes that would teach me how to better edit my photos and videos with Adobe Lightroom on a website called SkillShare. The website offers unlimited free classes for members on dozens of wide spread topics and subjects. What I anticipated was going to be me taking classes on photo editing and only photo editing, turned into me learning more about social media success, illustration and graphic design. I absolutely adore the website and reccomend it to all of my friends and digital nomads. I reached out to SkillShare before publishing this blog and am stoked to share that I have a homie hookup to give to you all. I highly reccomend their classes on ...
Fundamentals of Lightroom I: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow
Make the Most of Instagram: Build Your Brand
Instagram Next Level Amazing: Inspiration, Tools and Tricks
Going Freelance: Building and Branding Your Own Success
4. CREATE A NEW SOURCE OF INCOME IN YOUR LIFE
This is one of my personal favorites. In case you're not well researched on financial freedom or mastering money - I'll drop a knowledge bomb for you here. You must have multiple sources of income in this day and age to ensure that you and your family are set financially for the years to come. Must. For anyone who values financial security and freedom, creating at least one additional stream of income is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity.
Diversifying your streams of income is absolutely crucial to protect yourself and your family against the unavoidable ups and downs of our economy. When you rely on one source of income, such as a job or a business, you are taking a risk that many of the top financial advisers in the world advise against. This is one of the most important (and not-so-obvious) secrets of how the wealthy become - and stay - wealthy. Unfortunately, it isn't exactly taught to the masses.
Every person on this planet has unique gifts, abilities, life experiences and value to offer the world. And to be highly compensated for. Figure out the knowledge, passion, talent, experience, or ability you have that others will value and pay you for. Remember, what might be common knowledge to you isn’t for other people. If someone else is already doing it - that's okay. Your style/technique/approach may resonate with other individuals who didn't show interests before.
As Tony Robbins wrote in Money: Master the Game, "one reason people succeed is that they have knowledge other people don't have. You pay your lawyer or your doctor for the knowledge and skills you lack."
Increase your knowledge in a specific area. By learning more, you'll increase your individualized value. People will pay you to to teach them what you know or apply your new knowledge on their behalf.
If you haven't already, sign up for two free months of classes on skillshare here. Learn something new Or further educate yourself on something you've always been passionate about. Knowledge pays. Trust me.
* For those of you who will ask (because just about everyone - myself included - is interested in money and how people earn what they do,) my monthly income is currently made up of 10 individual streams. I earn money by..
- Promoting an alkalized lifestyle/environmental sustainability and sharing Kangen Water Machines as an independent distributor for the Kangen company, Enagic
- Offering private and semi-private holistic health and alternative medicine consultations online via skype /phone sessions
- Working as a student ambassador for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the online health coaching school I graduated from before I began my holistic health business
- Social Media Influencer - working with vegan/ethical brands who sponsor me and my work and collaborating with companies who align with my personal business values to create content and share with a wide spread audience
- Working with Amazon Affiliates to share an entirely cruelty free and vegan shop with my online audience.
- Sharing + Selling prints of my art (You can check them here on my new Etsy shop.)
- Private Yoga Instruction. I am a certified 200 hr yoga teacher and fly high yoga teacher. When I am (rarely) in one place for a significant period of time, I work with private clients and beginners interested in cultivating their own practice.
As you can see... its a little all over the board. But it is consistent, and stable and diversified. And really fun. It is what feels best for me and my "all over" lifestyle. I know that if I decide to no longer collaborate with one of these companies, or no longer continue to plant intention in one of my personal entrepreneurial endeavors, I have other options to keep me afloat while I meditate on the next move or adventure.
If you're interested in learning more about the work I do sharing Kangen machines INTERNATIONALLY or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, reach out to me here.
5. TAKE A RISK
Do something you might not normally. Act intuitively, of course, but don't be afraid to surprise yourself in the new year. Jump on board of a new business endeavor without explaining yourself to others, book the plane tickets for the trip you may not be able to fully afford, go vegan for a month (even if you can think of 25 reasons why it doesn't make sense to) or buy the Kangen machine that you've been telling me you want so badly for the last 6 months ;)
Take a leap of faith.
Trust in yourself in 2018.
Trust in the magic of new beginnings.
6. GET FIT
There is magic in the act of exercise. I promise you this. As someone who was never a talented or passionate athlete growing up, you must carry out a consistent exercise routine in your life in some way. Similar to having a second source of income, physical fitness is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for lasting wellbeing. There are undeniable rewards for mind, body and soul when you adopt a regular fitness routine into the chaos that is our everyday life. Its' not just about looking or feeling a certain way - there is great power in personal determination and strength. Hold yourself accountable, stick to your word and be make stronger than you were this time last year.
And speaking of training for that half marathon.... its starting to sound like a really great idea, actually, so I'm going to leave this here.
Take pride in the fact that you fortunate enough to be able to exercise in the first place.
Treat your body increasingly well in the new year.
7. LEARN THE CONSTELLATIONS
This ones a little far out, literally, but my mother recommended this tip for the new year blog and it seemed fitting. I often think about how little I know about our solar system and how disappointed I am because of it. They say, "in the end we only regret the chances we didn't take," but what if it's really the unlearned constellations that we regret the most?
Study the stars and our creation. What we learn from the night sky may help us understand ourselves.
Our solar system was formed over 4.55 billion years ago. It was created from a huge, interstellar cloud of gas, dust, and frozen ice. Eventually it collapsed into the shape of a huge disk. And now we're here living among it. The least we can do is download a constellation app. I like this one here.
Last thing on the stars; there is nothing more gorgeous and grounding than being constellation conscious. Some of my favorite memories as a child are sitting on my dad's porch and searching for Orion's Belt or being awoken by my mom in the middle of the night to drive down to the beach with my sisters in our bathrobes and watch the meteor shower from the hood of the car.
8. LEARN HOW TO COOK
Whether it was simply the fact that there were three of us growing up, or that we usually tended to have very different food preferences from a young age, my parents involved us in dinner preparations almost every night. I knew had to cook pasta, veggie burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches by the fourth grade. So as I grew older, cooking felt easy and natural. Since going to college and living on my own or with friends, I realize thats not the case for everyone.
If you weren't taught how to cook as a child or young adult, Now is the time. Individuals who prepare their own food each week are more likely to be make cleaner eating choices. Not only are you often eating healthier than you would if you were eating your meals out of the house, you're saving a pretty penny each week when you purchase groceries rather than take out. List 5-10 of your favorite meals and make a promise to yourself that you'll learn how to cook them. Its a skill that you'll appreciate for life. Rest easy on a Sunday morning knowing that there's no need to leave the house or put on pants before the delivery man knocks on your door if you don't want to. You can stay in and eat in - with you as your own personal chef.
9. NOURISH YOUR CREATIVITY
Simple as stated. Treat yourself to a new set of water color paints, pull out your art supply bins from college, learn how to use a kiln, knit, crochet, buy an ukulele, or make a promise to write more poetry in the new year. Embodying you creativity means living life in a way that embraces your divine originality. Creativity makes unique connections between unlike ideas. Creativity allows us to appreciate and communicate the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts and ideas. Creativity is universal and also your own.
Last but certainly not least, let that sh*t go. Seriously. With full transparency, I will be the first to tell you all that I was a very, very materialistic teenager/young adult. I grew up working in high end retail and babysitting the children of Manhattan's elite, celebrities and international models. I saw many of the people around me spend undignified amounts of money on clothing, boots, watches and purses, so its what I considered normal for many years of my life. I would work all week at a clothing store to spend 90% of my pay check on new merchandise with my employee discount.
I also grew up with two older sisters, and dozens of cousins, so hand-me-downs were something I recieved on a weekly basis. I kept everything. Hoarded, actually, would probably be a better name for it. I literally remember going through my closet(s) one year and talking to myself alone in my room trying to justify why I needed to hold onto the three sequined skirts I had managed to obtain (but never once wear) over the years. I found excuses and reasons for everything. "What if I mysteriously shrink 6 inches and these expensive pants from three summers ago fit me again?" "What if the mysterious yellow stains disappear from this blouse?" "What if sweater vest come back in style?" They won't. Trust me. Don't hold your breathe.
Declutter and create space. Make room for air and light and fresh energy in your home. Simply put, the less you own, the more you appreciate what you do have. Go through closest, drawers, basements, attics and boxes and cleanse. If you haven't touched (or thought about) something in the last 6 months, don't even bother opening up the box. Go through your closets and donate clothes. Have friends over for a clothing swap and challenge yourself to not "swap" all. Tell yourself that for every garbage bag full of possessions you give away, you can buy yourself one new item of clothing/goods. And then try really hard not to buy anything at all.
Feeling anxious? Or left with a feeling of lack?
Let me assure you - the less you own. The easier it is to sell everything and move to an island.
CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR THAT SETS THE INTENTION OF GROWTH AND ABUNDANCE IN 2018
SPECIAL MAHALO TO MY MOTHER - COCO - AND MY SISTER - SHANA -FOR HELPING ME ORGANIZE THIS (LAST MINUTE) BLOG GOODNESS.
LOVE + LIGHT. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU + YOURS