What to Do BEFORE You Reinvent Yourself in 2014

Everyone has creative goals they want to hit in 2014, and the internet is full of advice on how to make that happen. But sometimes we get tunnel vision when it comes to our future success. We’re focused so intently on what we want to achieve that we lose perspective on the present.

The end of the year—even with all its distractions and commitments—is actually the perfect time to ground back into the present. The holiday season gives us a break in which we can reflect on the past year, and the winter solstice reminds us that a new beginning has already dawned.

Take this time to be grateful for what you already have, and for what you have already achieved.

If you’re an orderly, organized personality you can make a list of everything that calls forth your gratitude, and then hang it somewhere in your workspace. If you’re more of a free-flowing, dreamy spirit you can let your gifts spontaneously occur to you throughout the day and welcome the thought of them with joy.

It doesn’t matter how you experience gratitude for all the wonderful things in your life, only that do experience it.

There are no rules about what you can be grateful for. You might have gratitude for huge, intangible changes that rippled through your life over this last year, or you may be grateful that your local café gave you a free cup of tea this morning.

The more things you can think of to be grateful for, the better you will feel about your present reality. And the better you feel about your present, the more your creative potential will be fed and nourished.

Also, there is nothing wrong with all the advice out there about how to achieve your goals. When you’re serious about improving your life and pursuing your dreams, that sort of wisdom is really invaluable. But before you set out to become “better” it can be really helpful to give yourself time to feel that you’re “enough” right now.

I’ll be taking a two-week break from this blog for the holiday season, and during that time I’m going to do my own gratitude exercise. I’m extremely grateful for all of the readers of this blog, each of the brilliant writers I’ve met through it, and every one of the creative souls who has crossed my path this year.

If you are reading this right now, THANK YOU. And I will see you again in the New Year!

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  • Reply Leslie Lynch 19 December, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Before you can become something “better” it can be helpful to give yourself time to feel that you’re “enough” right now.

    Yes. Profoundly true. Thank you, Lauren. Enjoy your time away from your wonderful blog. 🙂

  • Reply Margit Sage 19 December, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Great post! And Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • Reply Phillip McCollum 19 December, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Lauren! I’m grateful for your blog and all of the words of wisdom contained within. Looking forward to reading more next year.

  • Reply Kimberly Hill 19 December, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I try to look at the end of the year as an opportunity to finish all my unresolved things from this year, which means looking back to see on how I did with the goals I set at the beginning of the year. If I didn’t finish everything that’s okay. But I have to see where I stand to come up with new goals. And no matter how much or how little I accomplished, I have to grateful that I had the opportunity to try.

    • Reply Lauren Sapala 20 December, 2013 at 9:49 am

      I totally agree. The end of the year for me is “wrap-up” time, and you make a great point: We need to see where we stand in order to come up with new goals.

  • Reply Glynis Jolly 20 December, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Enjoy your two weeks off. I’ll see you next year. 😉

  • Reply Paul Sutton Reeves 20 December, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    A splendidly upbeat post, Lauren. Enjoy your festive break!

  • Reply hilarycustancegreen 21 December, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Thanks, a really timely reminder to stop collecting lists of all I have failed to achieve this year, because actually, it’s been a brilliant year.

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