“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
As the new year unfolds today, I am thinking of so many things that I want to try, to accomplish, that I am dreaming of. There are great possibilities in the beginning days of the New Year, but I can get caught up in making quick decisions of what I want to do or change.
I have long given up on using “resolutions”, and instead embrace a theme for the year around one word. This idea of one word is more of a focus or attention I want for the year. It helps to energize me and helps me expand the possibilities. Along with the attention or focus, this word also helps give me a clear vision of my intention or desired outcome(s) for the year…supporting and inspiring my path.
This year, when I discovered my word, it felt right immediately. It actually brought butterflies to my stomach, tears of joy and an inner knowing that this was my soul speaking. It is an action word that I know will be transformative to my growth and path.
The word I chose as my guiding mantra for 2015 is:
This word immediately uplifts me to seeing all the possibilities there could be. To fly high, unrestricted…to rise above the fears…to rocket ahead, to aspire, pursue, strive and yearn with all my heart and soul. Soar to me means freedom, especially freedom from doubt and fear. Fear is still there, but no longer in the forefront. With this word, I feel those fears fall away and my creative spirit expanding.
So what does all this mean for the new year? I can say I am no longer letting fear pull me back from the dreams and desires that still smolder. Soaring into the sun, these ideas I have had can now burn brighter.
And I am beginning again this year…always a fresh start. Time to try out new ideas. Of course with beginning, there is always fear, but I refuse to let that limit me from the new experiences and ideas waiting for me. After all if you are a beginner then you are not expected to know everything or be perfect really. Think about that….you are learning through new experiences so you should expect that you will make mistakes. How wonderfully liberating.
In the spirit of trying new things, I want to expand my blog a bit this year with some new ideas:
- I am moving my wildlife stories from my garden blog to this blog on the first Thursday of the month. I love to garden for wildlife and observe the critters who come to live with us in our garden. Their stories are inspirational to me, and I want to share them here.
- I will be connecting my Sunday Poetry with particular themes each month which I think is a great way to emphasize lessons and experiences.
- The second Thursday of the month, I am trying a new feature called Conversations In The Garden. I am going back to my lessons learned through my garden posts that I used to write on my garden blog. When I started my garden blog, that was the main feature with some gardening thrown in. Now my garden blog has expanded to being more about gardening and specifically gardening for wildlife, vegetable gardening and gardening with native plants. I miss doing these ‘lessons learned’ features and will bring many back and continue them here.
- The last Thursday of the month will be what I call, End Of Month Potpourri. It will feature inspirational books I am reading, a photography project I plan to begin this year and other updates on the beginnings happening in this year of SOARing.
So I hope you will follow along and continue to inspire me as I SOAR this year. Wishing you a most wonderful and happy New Year filled with lots of laughter and love!
If you like what you find on this blog, I hope you will share it with friends. We can all use a little sharing of life’s inspirations.
Note: The pink rose buds pictured here represents new love. A perfect sentiment for a new year of SOARing and exploring new ideas.
I leave you with another thought about new beginnings. Feel free to download this photo and share.
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