You may recall, I set my intention for 2016- to simply meet it all with love. Yet I knew it was important to take the time to do soul work. But it’s been hard, so very hard to get “started” on it.
Yet- that’s not really correct… Actually, I have started.
I have been collecting soul work to do’s. I’ve been preparing.
So yesterday, I thought allotting myself a two-hour window to create a mind-map of my vision and goals would suffice. I was expecting to be able to share it quickly with my daughter, Anna, and with Patti, over a simple Skype chat. I predicted an 18″ x 24″ piece of paper. No, no, no.
This 2016 toolkit is taking a lot longer than I expected.
But I finally committed to it last night. I created a toolkit last night in an old, recycled journal (a leftover from my work with youth on the Downtown Eastside). I collected, cut, pasted, organized. It’s ready to go. And I’ll do a few at a time.
My personal toolkit contents includes a variety of empowering tools I’ve developed or gathered from my network. All too good to forget so I just kept adding to the list. A toolkit to visit in bits and pieces, as needed, throughout the year.
- Vision board: take out my vision board from 2013- review it, re-evaluate. Collage a new one.
- Read Anna’s goals and visions.
- Write a scenario of my story at age 64.
- Where do I see myself in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years: personal, career, health.
- Answer the 10 questions that matter list.
- Go through current to-do’s and review. Start a new calendar.
- Redo my 12 journal exercises project.
- Do core values worksheet.
- Mindmap– review old ones, create a new one.
- Do the Inquiry process– archetypes and shadow-work.
- What kind of bird am I? Study its symbolism.
- The Power Path– review in detail and mind-map the monthly forecast.
- Answer the Soul Prompts questions.
- Explore post-traumatic growth creativity.
- Write out the checklist: 25 things you need to let go before the new year.
- Write out a bibliography of my favorite creativity books.
- Acknowledge my history.
- Street art.
- Community– build it. Honor it. “Remember to rely heavily on your spiritual practice, your allies and your community.” The Power Path
- Redo Peter Breeze’s exercise. Write a letter to my future self. Write a letter as my future self to myself today.
- Embrace your expertise and take imperfect action.
- Re-visit my favorite websites: Rebelle Society, Paid to Exist, Heroic Trading Co, Right Brain Business Plan, Start with Why.
- Review my 2013 manifesto and business plan.
- Pull angel cards and create daily ritual.
Rethink EVERYTHING. Scratch that. Simplify. Focus on the one goal and let everything else feed that.
- And remember- let go when overwhelmed and just meet it all with love!
This morning I awoke pretty frozen by anxiety (a variety of typical right-now reasons).
Larger scale inner RESETS are often accompanied by intense experiences of some kind that threaten the ego and false personality and may even cause one to feel like you are going a little crazy or completely falling apart. The Power Path January 2016 Forecast
Instead of drowning in it though, I dragged myself through the morning then finally yanked out the toolkit I prepped last night and dragged it to a coffee shop, grabbed a coffee and sat outside and forced myself to write through tears, through fear:
After I got that out of my system, I addressed item 19: “Remember to rely heavily on your spiritual practice, your allies and your community.”
I texted my daughter and my friend/agent Peter for some much-needed good vibes. Got some fabulous get your head out of your ass (Anna) advice.
Everything is as it should be. U just need to allow (Peter).
Draw an angel card (Anna).
The sun came out as their multiple texts rolled in.
I decided to continue on the self-care focus for the rest of the day. Do the toolkit. Do the toolkit. So I am taking my time, allowing, trusting and doing it.
Item 11: what kind of bird am I?
My sister-in-law asked me that question the other day as we reflected on my street art project.
After much thought, I really feel it is the Sparrow. I always stop and observe birds. But there is something in particular that I connect with in the Sparrow.
The Sparrow reflects self-worth. If a Sparrow totem has entered your life, ask yourself if you know your own self-worth. The Sparrow will show you that even a common little bird can triumph.
The Song Sparrow reflects the chakra energy awakening from the heart and throat. It reminds us to sing out our own song of dignity and self-worth. [source]
Item 1: Review vision board from 2013:
Beauty is the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at, or someone or something that gives great pleasure, especially when looking at it
The conception for beauty is used or studied in art, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An “ideal beauty” is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.
The experience of “beauty” often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. [source]