Collective Lights


a month to dream, to castle-build. A time for renewal.

I settle into stillness, listening for whispers from my core being about my heart’s desires.

I’m quietly gathering 2021 aspirations. (I don’t want to call them resolutions because that sounds like work instead of dreaming about what I want my life to look like). So, a couple of aspirations this year are to be present- really present– during any opportunity to connect with loved ones, and to commit to finishing a fiction manuscript draft.

And I want to be mindful about my days so they don’t disappear into a blur of “being busy.”

There’s a lot of social media advice on setting intentions, and tools for transitioning into the new year. I’ve tried many, and a few favorite concepts that have worked for me in recent years are:

  • Choosing a Word (or theme) of the Year to guide intentions. Have you ever done this? (My word for 2021 is “Realign”).
  • Taking stock of the past year before launching into goals for the new ones. I like using a workbook to reflect and gather inspiration, like Unravel Your Year by Susannah Conway. And Mel Robbins’ video series “Incredible Year,” in which she says to chart a path forward, we must know where we are first. (Both of those linked resources are free).
  • Setting micro-goals and deadlines in my planner (and boundaries to protect my time and energy).

Knowing what I don’t want helps shape my vision, too. I don’t want 2020 baggage to drag into this new year, like an anchor holding my soul captive. I want to let go, to feel free and untethered.

What are your New Year rituals or dreams for 2021? Whatever you choose to do, don’t hold back on shining bright and taking up space in the world. The world needs our collective lights.

Wishing you Peace & Prosperity,


3 thoughts on “Collective Lights

  1. Thank you for your present , past and future essays, I don’t know what else to call them, they
    are so full of everything.
    Please make sure that I am on the list for the next installment of loving thoughts and obser-
    vations. So international and personal.

    Clason, with Shane reading over my shoulder.


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  2. That is such an interesting way of putting it that your life gets lost in the flurry of being busy. Sometimes I feel like I’m so busy that I’m not doing “life.” Do you have a way with words, girl. It was just beautiful to read.

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  3. This is so good! I loveThe idea of “our collective light”! What a beautiful image.
    Every year, when saving/putting up Christmas cards, I write a one page year end summery. It helps me to reflect on the past year, save memories and “put the year to bed”. Then i scrapbook our Christmas Card and the summary. It helps to start the New Year off fresh. It is also fun to look at years past and remember.

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