No. 137

Shaping A Year — and Believing

The time around my birthday and the winter solstice has always been a special time for me — an opportunity to reflect, a chance plan, a dawning. Often in the past I’ve made lists of things I wanted to do in my new year, goals I wanted to accomplish.

But there wasn’t a list in me this year. As I sat there starting at the blank sheet of paper, all I felt was a strong desire for transformation.

The resolutions and goals I had written in the past, things like “lose 15 pounds,” had no weight for me anymore. I realized I didn’t want my life to be a list any longer.

So rather than set goals for 2015, I set an intention: to believe.

I believe my cat is going to be okay, that he’s going to fight cancer and win. I believe that I can let go of old patterns and ways of being that did not serve me. I believe I can transform my business and myself. I believe that I am connected to other people, to the Universe. I believe that I’m part of a bigger picture, and that I’ll fully step into my role helping others this year.

This is the year I believe in all of my magic.

What’s your intention or word for this year?

(And check out this resource from Christine Kane if you need help figuring that out.)

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

5 thoughts on “Shaping A Year — and Believing

  1. I’ve been thinking about you and your cat a lot lately, Brandi. Optimism has helped my life so much… it truly is a key. I love your goal. My goal is to allow 2015 to be wonderful, because I just keep getting in the way of that and not allowing my days to just be.. I wish you so many wonderful things in this 2015! <3

  2. Happy 2015! I don’t have a word of the year but rather just the hope that things will be better than they were the previous one. Here’s to hoping that 2015 will be the stuff that dreams are made of

  3. Hey Brandi, it’s me again. To follow up on my previous comment — I just downloaded the Daring Greatly ebook. It”s sooooo awesome, totally lighting me up! :)

  4. Ooh! My word for this year is “push”. I wrote a post about it on my blog too. Sending positive vibes for your cat! It’s hard to have a sick family member and a business to run at the same time.

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