Capture this feeling by trying something new. Sign up for that class, join a book club, pick up a new hobby, or volunteer for a cause you feel strongly about. We need to be involved in our world

to feel happy and connected. So, get in- volved: learn, volunteer, or organize.

Be Your Own Advocate

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” ~ Parker Palmer

Take the time and energy to keep

yourself feeling healthy and looking good. Even the smallest of actions will reap large rewards. Go for a 15-minute walk after dinner before you turn on the TV. Make sure your clothes are clean and comfort- able so you feel relaxed and confident. Eat mindfully, without distraction of the TV, Facebook, or driving. Pay attention to what you eat and how much. Eating can be a very grounding exer- cise as food connects us to the planet. But you don’t reap these benefits if you eat in a distracted way or you consume artificial foods.

Sure, these acts take extra time and attention but you are worth it!

Resist Resistance

“Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality, it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Pushing against anything only sets it

in stone. If you are struggling with trying to understand something, stop and just accept it. Something not going your way? Embrace what is. You can’t fight your way to peace or struggle to success. Practice radical ac- ceptance. If you haven’t studied The Work by Byron Katie get one of her books. If you have studied it, reread it to bring it back into a fresh awareness.

** Here are Some Bonus Techniques for a Really, Really Happy New Year! **

Enter an Excuse Free Zone

“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.”

~ J. Michael Straczynski Excuses are disempowering. Take

100% responsibility for your portion and move forward from that space. Without this step you continue to drag all your past baggage with you wherever you go. No wonder you are tired all the time. Let it go and start fresh right here, right now.

Take a Long View

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” ~ Dalai Lama

It’s very easy to get swept up in the

drama of what’s happening right now. In- stead take a long view and step back and see what you want to take from this situa- tion to create your next step. When you want to scream, “I deserve better than this” instead think, “I can be better than this”. Also, ask yourself, “I wonder what good will come of this?” This question directs your attention to seek out the good that is always available to you.

Embrace Everything

“I feel like life is really short, and it’s important to enjoy yourself and

embrace whatever comes your way, whether it’s a challenging day or a great day, just welcome it with open arms. No matter who you are, you can’t escape challenges; they are part of life.” ~ Miranda Kerr

We tend to sift and sort our experi- ences as good or bad. We run toward the good and away from the bad. Well, all that running keeps us in an endless loop of emotional turmoil. To break free trust that everything that’s happening is right for right now and move forward from there. Fear is a natural part of trying some-

thing new so, accept it as part of the pro- cess and move forward. Obstacles are inevitable. They have to

occur, just like heat must occur in order to transform ingredients into cake. They are just part of the process. The trouble is the false expectation that it shouldn’t be like this. Drop your expectation and use all that extra energy to make 2021 your best year ever!

Have a Happy New Year! I’d love to hear how these techniques worked for you.

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