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The new year has started… have YOU?!

True confessions….
OK, it is the 11th January and I have YET to start my New Year routine…. I thought if I confessed a few more of you might fess up as well. However, the really important part is what to do about it? Are those goals and plans really important to you and me?

The classic interpretation of how to change says there are two basic states, either the pain gets so great as to force a change or the desire for the end result is so strong you feel you have no option.  Do either of these fit for you? Is either the negative push or the positive pull working for you? In both cases the situation is usually quite extreme and life isn’t always that black and white.

May I suggest a third option? A curiosity and interest to explore the adventure! The ‘end result’ might be achieved; however the journey along the way to its culmination will be good in and of itself. And knowing the wonderful richness of life something better may come up along the way. Must keep those doors open!

What will I do? I will start with teeny steps, 5 minutes of exercise is better than none and knowing me, if I do 5 minutes I’ll be so enjoying myself, I’ll want to continue. Same with my music – pick up that guitar, hold it, pring the strings, find a favourite song and see if the chords are not too difficult!


Let’s check back in two weeks with each other – please tell me any nifty ways you have found that helps you help yourself to do what you want. Best of good fortune to you!

YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR CHOICES!  Will you or won’t you?

Will I or won't I?

Will I or won’t I?

New Year Reflection-Projection maps – not too late!

Reflect and project

Reflect and project

OK – we are two weeks into 2016 and for many the reality of the new year is just sinking in and the other sinking feeling is that oops! We still haven’t started do do / think / plan for it!


So if you missed the wonderful ‘lull’ between Christmas and the New Year and are just starting NOW, one idea may be to do some reflection linked with projection so that you can still start within the first month and write the year YOU want.

I started two maps at the same time. I use a hand drawn one for my reflection map and the computer one for my projection map, I like to do the projection map on the computer, so I can add to it as the year goes by and ‘life’ happens!

First go month by month through your diary / work calendar / electronic calendar and remind yourself what happened and note anything of significance on your reflection map. Decide on your main branches, this year mine were: Family/friends; my business; the home; me and specially loving things. At the same time I started my projection map, my starting branches were: home projects; things to achieve; things to explore; fun stuff; family/friends and beingness (physical & mental).  Here is a blank example for you:
Creating my 2016

I then hopped back and forth. I started with some projections as they had been inspired by conversation with some dinner guests the night before and then went into reflection as some of the things I had (or had not) achieved in the past year, influenced what I wanted to project into the coming year.

The projection map will be put where I can see it daily as I find there is great power in a map to drive your brain to focus and achieve. I wish you a wonderfully satisfying and JOY-filled 2016!

I show my maps as an example and I hope to inspire you as they are such fun to do!

Vanda’s 2016 plans

Year in reflection

Year in reflection