4 Tips To Make The Rest Of 2015 The Best Year

Rituals, Routines And Reverence

My eyes open most mornings by 5:00, sometimes much earlier when insomnia stays over. Tumbling around in the covers, rubbing my feet and gliding my fingers slowly across – the sheets (I am single people) for a good five minutes, I express my gratitude to Source for another opportunity to step into all that I am.

This is my “basking” time – something I picked up from one of my spiritual teachers. Another ‘ritual’ of mine is spending a few minutes once up, while having my first mug of many coffees, is to review my vision board. That might not be the best description for it as it is not an actual board. It is not mounted on my wall and the pictures are not cut and glued to it – as I have done in the past.

My vision board is a collage created on my smart phone and I have added motion to it so it is more a movie than anything else. This past February, I celebrated my 50th birthday but my interest and use of technology is way up their with any Millennial woman. Keeping up with the times while tending to my old-school traditions of connecting with what is sacred to me is very much my approach.

Expand Your Life

The Year In Review
2015: Expansion Year

Another thing that is important to me is to truly make this my Expansion Year. In the morning post, I spoke about the laughter that my declaration evoked in some quarters. In spite of the echo in my ear, I plugged on, waking up every morning, doing my rituals, then turning on my three gadgets – two laptops and a tablet – and along with my phone set to working on this blog, posting on Facebook and on Twitter.

See, part of my Expansion Year vision was to reach at least one woman every day with a story that would help her understand that she is not alone and that she too can “expand,” beyond whatever is her current situation.

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It has been about 14 years or more now that I have done annual vision boards. My success, if you want to call it that, with them have varied and have been proportionate to my deepest beliefs. Many people are of the misguided notion that you simply paste some pictures to a piece of coloured paper, write some cute affirmations and put the word “God” all over it and all their dreams will become a reality. Frankly, I too was of that impression when I did my first one – and the second, okay, even the third.

Lessons Learned About Visioning Your Life

These past few weeks, I have reread some of my old journals from as far back as 2001. The entrances about the issues included on my early vision boards made me smile. Many of my desires materialized but an equal amount have not or came about in ways that were clearly not my first choice. For example – freedom from debt. That baby was on my board for years and years and years…and years. With each passing year, instead of being released from debt, I fell further into it. There were times that I felt my ‘prayer’ was falling on deaf ears.

vision board
Vision For Your Life

In 2013, I became debt free. Almost 13 years later. Money did not fall from the sky, I did not win the lottery nor did I marry a millionaire. Several things happened, many lessons were taught to me the hard way and some tough decisions alongside intense “knee” work were made. These are what will help you to make your own vision board come alive, if you have one or will create one once you finish reading this post.

  1. “Faith without works is dead” – That must be the most important Biblical lesson of all times for me. I am not a Christian but my faith in a Power greater than any human’s is so strong. You do not have to swear allegiance to any religious or spiritual path to get this lesson.
  2. Words are creative but not by themselves. It is the issues of the heart, your intentions that ignite your words.
  3. Focus on what you want and turn your gaze or stare away from what is not working, the negativity and the distractions has to be your daily habit.
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Defining Success For Yourself

My understanding of success has changed so much. No longer is it my belief that a fat bank account, stuff in my house, driving the fanciest of car, being on the town every night and wearing designer garb are the marks of success. Each of us can and must define success for ourselves and it will be different from your neighbours or closest friend. So, Mind Your Own Business (that is lesson #4) and run in your lane as Contributor, Clara Brown, often writes.

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Share with me where you are so far this year with your goals, intentions or vision board – however you name it – in the comments below. Also, do join me this Sunday for a conversation on “A Practical Spirituality for the Busy Woman.” It is a FREE webinar that I have created and a time when we will together chart a course to bringing the sacred into your daily grind.

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34 thoughts on “4 Tips To Make The Rest Of 2015 The Best Year

  1. […] a couple of years now. As shared before, my New Year’s Eve night is usually spent creating a vision board for the year that is opening. However, my intentions were formed in my heart long before December […]

  2. […] Create a vision for your life (I am a big proponent of vision boards), write your eulogy and live backwards from your grave. When you do that, you will find the need for endless pushing and forcing comes to an end. You will know when to let go and situations and people who would have you involved in manipulation fade from your experience. […]

  3. Great post. I too love Vision Boards!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Hurray for vision boards! πŸ™‚

  4. Were trying to focus on our last final goals to make this the best year we can πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yippeee!!! πŸ™‚

  5. This is a great post! What stood out to me was to focus on what you want and define success for yourself.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Jonathan! I am happy you liked as you are someone with some awesome tips on your blog so coming from you, that’s serious encouragement for me! Namaste πŸ™

  6. Faith without works is dead. I so agree with this. You can’t just wait for it happen. You have to work hard for it to reap the rewards.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that. Some of us either have all the faith and sit back waiting for the manna to fall, forgetting that you have to walk a distance before that happens! Then another set have no faith in Source and just keep “working for the man,” hoping the system will “reward them”? Balance – everything is about alignment and balance. Have an awesome weekend! πŸ™‚

  7. These are some very refreshing ideas. I have difficulty picking out a goal and sticking with it sometimes.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s like me an exercise!!! I just cannot keep up with a workout goal πŸ™ Maybe we can help each other? πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you so much for the motivation to enjoy the rest of 2015.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and the same and more to you! Namaste πŸ™‚

  9. victoria

    I love to reading your post, it is the best motivational in life, it is important to keep your focus

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh Victoria, thank you! Thank you so much! It is comment like yours that keeps me going! Namaste πŸ™‚

  10. Elizabeth O.

    It’s all about stepping up in the game and taking action. It’s true, if you don’t move nothing will happen. You are your success, to put it simply.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that! πŸ™‚

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    You definitely have to keep what you want in mind and focus on it. It’s important to have goals.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed it is very important to keep your focus. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  12. I used to have a vision board, and I need to get back to that so I have a clearer view what I want and how to get there.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is a great tool to help you map a path.

  13. tara pittman

    I turned 50 this year. I make small goals every day so I dont get overwhelmed

    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s a great way to approach things. We all know our limits and how best to achieve our goals. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  14. sicorra

    Good for you for becoming debt free. I know first hand how difficult it is to deal with debt. I have to admit that I tried the vision boards for a few years, but never felt like they worked for me.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I felt the same way for a while and finally I got a better appreciation how to integrate them in my “practice.” Thanks for you comment. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and thank you also for visiting! πŸ™‚

  15. What great ideas for finding a center and balance in life.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! They worked for me so I am hoping it will work for at least one other. πŸ™‚

  16. I love this post! So so great, especially the bit about defining success for you! You’re killin’ it!

    xo Bree

    1. Ms Claudette

      You made me laugh so loudly with the “you’re killing it” line Bree! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  17. These are great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome! πŸ™‚

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