As 2018 draws to a close, now is the perfect time to practice gratitude for the year that has passed and look ahead to what you want to create in 2019.
Whether you’ve had a great year, a challenging year, or a little bit of both, there is always something to be thankful for. Being grateful resets our mind to focus on the good things in our lives and takes attention away from painful experiences where it’s easy to bogged down with anger, grief or sadness.
Start with a list of 10 things you are grateful for in 2018. Did you have a wonderful vacation? Are you surrounded by good friends that nourish your soul? Perhaps you created some lasting family memories or welcomed a new baby into your circle. Maybe you overcame a significant challenge or finally achieved a goal you had been working towards. Every one of us can find 10 things to appreciate in our lives.
Now that you’re written down your gratitude list, think about what 2019 would bring if you could dream up your ideal year. I like to create a vision board every January 1st that sets my intentions for the next 12 months. I pick up a poster board from the Dollar Store and gather some magazines for inspiration. Google is also a great tool - just type into the search bar what you would like to manifest, click on the Images tab, find an image that resonates with you and print.
Using the magazine and printed images, I then start placing the photos on the poster board. Feel free to be as creative as you like. If you’re artsy, grab some markers and add your own drawings. The vision board should be for your eyes only so don’t be self-conscious about what it looks like. Some of the images featured on my vision board include a map of Europe as a travel goal for 2019, a perfectly-executed Wheel pose to inspire me to keep up my yoga practice, the words “Meditate Every Day” to remind me to stay on track and a photo of a new bike I would like to save up for.
Really take some time to consider what you would like to manifest in 2019. Is it a new job? A new relationship? A health goal, like losing weight or running a marathon? The options are only limited by your imagination.
Once your vision board is complete, place it where you can see it every day. I place mine directly across from my bed so that it’s the last thing I see before I fall asleep and the first thing I see in the morning. I spend a few minutes each day really absorbing the images and thinking as though they have already come to fruition in my life. Like how it feels to be riding my new bike with the wind in my hair, or packing my suitcase for Europe. Sometimes I’ll be chatting on the telephone and simply staring at my vision board. My attention is focused on the telephone conversation but my eyes are taking in the images the whole time.
Intentional thoughts are powerful and persuasive on your subconscious so don’t miss an opportunity to shape 2019 into exactly what your heart desires. This time next year you’ll be writing down what you’re grateful for, knowing you were the creator all along.