I’m ready for 2016 to just end.
This year has been an ass-kicker. I’ve dealt with some personal and family drama, experienced tremendous professional growth, lived months — and a world — apart from my delightful husband as I journeyed around the globe, endured a significant flare of PTSD, felt gut-wrenching disappointment in my fellow citizens, built an amazing online community of women, and grieved for the fate of my country.
It’s January 30th and all I can think about is 2017. I’m super ready for a fresh start, a clean slate, a new year, and any other cliché you can come up with that represents my need for a change.
I want change.
What I do not want are resolutions. Not for the onset of a new year or any other time for that matter. Resolutions don’t work. Resolutions set us up for failure which leads to disappointment and shame, and I’m not down for any of that.
But, I do want change.
For the past 8 years, I’ve marked the occasion of the new year with ritual — I’ve named my year. Naming has power (and creativity!) The name speaks to me of my intention and reminds me that I’m consciously choosing a specific path or way of being. Naming heightens awareness and a noticing of symbolism and synchronicity. It also seems to anchor and direct me like a compass.
Because I want change.
Previous years have been:
- The Year of Being Brave (2016)
- The Year of Adventure (2015)
- The Year of Starting Over (2014)
- The Year of Survival (2013)
- The Year of Much Needed Light (2012)
- The Year I Just Do (2011)
- The Year of Dreaming Dangerously (2010)
- The Year of Hope (2009)
Time moves swiftly and we can quickly forget what we intended for growth and personal experience in a year’s time. A year name briefly reminds us of what we want to create as the year unfolds.
Do you want change?
Last year, Meg and I created our first Demanding Joy Naming Your Year one-day women’s circle in January. The day included time for individual reflection about the year that just ended and the one freshly arrived. A group of women gathered and retreated to create a year name and experience a ritual to signify the meaning behind that name. It is a special thing to draw upon the energy of women in community for the same purpose.
This year, we are over-the-moon excited to offer the 2nd Annual Demanding Joy Naming Your Year Retreat! We invite you to join us Sunday, January 22nd from 12:30pm-5:00pm at Omaha Whole Living.
Because you deserve change.