I don’t know about you, but I love a new year.
A clean slate, a fresh start, a chance to begin again. It’s magical, like a newborn thing. Perfect, innocent, full of a thousand dreams.
But 2020. Ooh, it’s too wonderful, isn’t it? The harmonious, squidgy plumpness of it. The onset of a flawless new decade, like a blanket of untrodden snow. I just can’t wait.
For me, 2020 will be about embracing the magic. Following my inspiration, wherever it may take me. Being a little bit woo woo – because why not? The magic is free.
And I don’t mean frogs and funny potions; I wouldn’t know where to start. But meditations and mantras, manifesting good things. Mindset, money mindset. Hygge, sprygge, (Christmas Shopaholic joke – have you read it?) whatever takes my fancy. If any of it works, I’ll be sure to let you know.
But for now I’m going to start with three simple things to get my new year off to an exciting, spellbinding pop.
So come with me on this brief, enchanting adventure where sparks of inspiration are sure to fly…
A 2020 Wish List
My magical expedition began on New Year’s Eve 2019. As inspired by a delicious lady in my Facebook group Chick Lit and Prosecco, I cosied up and wrote my wish list for the year ahead. A list of all the incredible things I want to come true, like an adult version of a letter to Santa.
I’ve got to admit, it got a little crazy. Thanks to Dick and Angel being on TV, I’m sure there’s a wish in there somewhere about a castle being bestowed upon me. Hey, a girl can dream!
The list is now in a sealed envelope, and on New Year’s Eve 2020 I will open it to see if anything has come true. I am reliably informed that things often do; sometimes in the most unexpected of ways. Be careful what you wish for, was the warning. Ooh…
Then on NYE 2020 I will of course be drafting my fresh list for the following year. I would love this to become a yearly tradition, accompanied by a bottle of Prosecco, a slightly dubious husband and a bit of festive cheer. (He ought to be dubious. He’ll soon have a castle to renovate.)
You could join in on making your wish list too, if you fancy. The year is still young.
A Vision Board
I’ve made a few secret vision boards on Pinterest before. It was fun, and I filled them with photos of amazing orangeries, and villas in Sorrento. But they were all a bit random, and I never made time to actually look at them. (Hence, still no lemon grove villa. Grr.)
So this year I’m trying a new approach.
Firstly, my vision board will be a physical thing, because there is huge power in seeing your dreams before you.
And secondly, my approach will be less scattergun.
The Vision Board Planning Bit
I will start by writing down my goals for the year – in life, my writing career, etc. The universe likes to know the details, so it can really help you. Much like Santa.
I will then get busy with the scissors, cutting out words and images which represent those things. (OK, I’ll be honest. I’ve already made a start on that bit – such fun, as that lady from Miranda would say. I already have cuttings of a swimming pool and a pretty impressive summer house. Too much?!)
The Power of a Real-Life Vision Board
My vision board will be a physical thing this year, and will take pride of place in my dressing room. (Sounds glam – it’s not. It’s now full of toddler junk.) I will then be able to look at it, focus on it and be motivated by it every day.
Because the magic is in the law of attraction.
The things we focus on in life, the things we give our energy to, begin to grow like tiny shoots.
By looking at this board daily, by smiling at the beautiful words and images I have chosen and breathing in their fairy dust, I will start to magnetise all of those good things.
Every time I look at this board, it will be like doing a small visualisation.
And wow. Visualisation is a powerful thing.
When visualisation is done effectively, for example by fully imagining a specific future goal, by seeing yourself there, by embracing all of your senses, you can alter the chemistry in your brain. Many athletes swear by visualisation to achieve success. Who wouldn’t want a bit of their magic?
Anyway, I’ll be sure to keep you posted about this vision board and all the dreams which will obviously start coming true. Pool party at mine, sometime soon…
My 2020 Power Words
Have you heard the word? Everyone seems to be talking about having one of these for 2020. Like a sort of power word, to inspire you, to drive you on.
Well yes, that’s cute. But actually, I’m a rebel – not to mention a lover of words. So I’ll have four of them please.
I’ve decided on the four below. (They came to me on Christmas morning, like a glorious gift. Actually I was in the shower, where all the best inspiration hits me. You too? Bit annoying when you haven’t got a pen. Anyway, thank you, universe. Most kind.)
So here are my four words for 2020. (Ought to put them on my vision board too. Ooh, I like it.)
Aren’t they a delight? They’re all words that feel like they belong in my world anyway, although I sense this year they deserve a special place. My four pillars, if you will. To hold up this rickety shack.
These are the words I will savour. The things I will build on, look out for, welcome in like happy companions for the new year ahead.
I Would Love to Know…
So tell me, what would your word/words for the new year be? Feel free to borrow some of mine if you wish. I don’t want to hog all the good one! Scroll down and pop yours in the comments box.
And as always, thank you so much for reading. You’re my pineapple in a world of apples.
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