Remember those 18 Things To Focus on in 2018 I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well today my friends, on the day of the New Moon of 2018, I’m going to tell you exactly how I do all of that hippy dippy stuff I mentioned in that last post. It’s going to be weird and fun and I’m certain you’ll give me a few snorts and eye rolls but I don’t care because good vibes are in abundance today and I can feel them!
First things first, I start my morning in my kitchen with a cup of coffee and a notebook. It’s my happy place. It’s quite small and our patio overlooks a dirty old alley, but as silly as it sounds, I love our tiny kitchen with our “alley view.” It’s ours. In the winter I watch the snowfall over it and in the summer I can see the sunset over the skyline.
I set the tone for my day by practicing gratitude the second I get up. I literally thank my coffee machine for giving me coffee. And my slippers for keeping my feet warm and a whole bunch of other silly stuff that I started doing when I was in a bit of a funk, but I’ve continued doing it because it makes me feel good, so why not? Saying thank you to every little thing around you is the best way to ground yourself and keep that gratitude flowing.
And while I wait for my coffee I jump into my notebook. I try to write in it every single morning. Whether it’s one word, one sentence, or like today where I really went nuts writing down ten new intentions thanks to the new moon and the planets being in forward motion 🙂 If they’re in forward motion, my thoughts better be, as well.
The most important thing I’ve learned when writing morning thoughts, or morning intentions, is the feeling you have when writing them. It must come from a place of love and …. gratitude! You guessed it. The Instagram account @law_of_positivism has a great post about this today if you want to learn more.
When I’m writing my stuff down, I always write in the present tense. As in, “I’m so thankful for…” or “I will continue to,” or, “my business IS…” Writing “I need,” or “I want,” is coming from a place of lack and it’s best to come from a place of abundance.
And then I close my notebook, think about everything I just wrote, (I imagine it all coming true and how great that will feel) and then it’s time to start my day and get shit done.
If you’re wondering what exactly I write in the magic little Tj Maxx notebook of mine, well it all depends on the day. But I can tell you there’s a lot of one-liner mantras that appear every single day.
I live the life I want. (This is 100% my go-to, even on crappy days when the last thing I want to do is write in a notebook about how great I feel.)
I am my own boss and always will be.
The Universe is on my side.
Good things are coming my way.
What you think about you bring about.
Reach for higher thoughts.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
The energy we put out is the energy we get back.
Our thoughts create our reality. Choose wisely.
I also play a little numbers game where I choose one number that corresponds to several things in my life I’d like to improve upon. This year I call it, “The Rule of 8s,” (because of 2018.)
I use the number 8 to set goals for my business, my writing habits, my financial goals, ext ext. It’s a quick way to constantly remind myself what I’m striving for. It’s also a quick way for someone to be really freaked out if they ever opened up my notebook and saw my 88 8000 800 8 88000 88000 80 8000 number sequences written everywhere.
Speaking of freaking someone out, I carry a small slip of paper in my purse with me at all times that contains my current intentions. As you can imagine, this paper gets a bit tattered after awhile and I’ve found myself thinking, I should really get this laminated.
And finally, when you really want to have some manifesting fun, play the “my ideal day,” game. I learned this practice many years ago when I was employed by a certain yoga retailer called Lululemon. Unfortunately, in writing down my ideal day I realized that working at Lulu was not part of it, so I thanked them for their time and walked out.
The key to this game is DETAIL! Detail, detail, detail. Start with where you wake up, what the room looks like, what it smells like, what’s on the walls, the furniture, the bedding, GO. DEEP. It may sound daunting at first, but it gets pretty fun. You’re writing out your dream life, after all. So if you don’t have the time or desire to write out the details of what you really want, why would the Universe have the time to give them back to you?
After you get up what do you do? What do you eat? What do you drink? Who do you talk to?
Write an entire play-by-play of the day you’d like to live. I do this about twice a year. When I go back and read from previous years, sometimes it’s spooky how close I’ve gotten to what I’ve written in the past. One of the first things I ever wrote in this practice was, “I get to hang out with Harlow all day long.” And now I get to do this! And yes, it’s just as wonderful as I always knew it would be.
I don’t have my “house by the water” yet (just an alley still) but I trust the process and know patience is key. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be right now. Every single thought and vibration I’ve had up until this point has lead me here, so if I want to keep building on it, I’ve got to keep putting out those good vibes of abundance 🙂
And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to take Harlow to swim class.
“What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.”