The start of a new year feels so refreshing. Everything seems so doable. Our hopes are at an all-time high. This is our year and nobody can tell us any differently. Our goals, manifestations, and visions boards are ready. This is it! The year we finally get that thing - accomplish, conquer, and acquire it all. We are certain that good things will happen to us and the possibilities are endless. 2023 feels the same way!
I hope that we still feel the same about this year when February comes. That our lights and motivation won’t die out. That we will still be hopeful about seeing 2023 to the end.
As you journey through this year, keep the following in mind:
Nothing changes if you don’t change. You are the key that holds everything together in your life. The power to shift things lies within you. Time is abstract, so not much will change just because we turned a page on the calendar. You have to be willing to put in the work to get to where you want. Envision the highest version of yourself and show up as them every day.
As a man thinketh, so he is. Everything begins in your mind. I hope you start to see yourself as an amazing human being who is full of potential and can achieve everything you desire. Tap into the power of positive affirmations to change your negative self-view. Talk to yourself with kindness and compassion like someone you love.
Don’t neglect community care. Be intentional about growing your relationships and being present in people’s lives. Self-care can only go so far into sustaining your well-being - you also need community care. Make room for love in your life. Go out there and socialize or meet new people. Be a good friend, child, parent, colleague, sibling, spouse, etc.
Challenge your fears. So what if you fail after trying that thing? You can always change the course of your direction or try again. Fear is an illusion - it’s not real. Have a little more faith in your ability to overcome fear because you’re more powerful than it’ll ever be. Give yourself a chance to try the things you’re curious about but haven’t because fear holds you back.
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This doesn’t mean that you should be a pessimist. Have a mental note that things could change in an instant. It won’t always be sunshine and rainbows - the rains and storms will come too. That’s the way of life. No situation is permanent. And when it finally rains, know where to take shelter - who to lean on (that’s why community care matters).
Make your living space comfortable. Life will throw the worst at you on some days and wouldn't it be comforting to go home to a home that soothes you? Create an environment that makes you feel safe to unburden and just be yourself. A space that reflects your personality and that has items, styles, and colors that make you happy.
Keep those little promises to yourself. If you say you’ll do something that benefits you, do it. Build consistency through your actions. Start viewing procrastination and indiscipline as self-neglect. Teach yourself that you are dependable. Those small promises kept eventually yield big results.
Practice gratitude at the end of each day. Train your mind to look for things to be thankful for. Not every day will be filled with huge milestones and wins worthy of celebration. Your aliveness is cause for joy and celebration and the one constant thing you can always be grateful for if nothing else suffices.
Use the fine china in your cabinet, wear a fancy dress and live every day like you’re the main event. Stop sparing things because you’re waiting for a special day to use them. Today is a special day because you’re alive in it. You are what matters and you should give yourself the best when you still can. Tomorrow is not promised so use those expensive things today.
Expose yourself to different environments. If you can visit a different town or country, do it. If you can interact with a different set of people, do it. If you can consume alternative or different information, do it. Expand your consciousness and what your mind is so used to. Different things will teach you so much more then you already know. Keep learning.
We obviously can’t forget to remind you to go to therapy. This is the year to better your mental health and do the inner healing work. Starting therapy is the best decision you can make for yourself this year. We offer a free 15-minute, no-obligation consultation (by phone or Telehealth). We'll discuss your needs and if we're a good fit for you as well as answer any questions you might have about cost, length of treatment, and coordinating services.
We treat these common concerns:
Anxiety and Phobias
Difficulties with Self-Esteem
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
College/Graduate School Issues
Medical and Health Concerns
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Gender Identity Support
Grief, Loss, or Bereavement