I recently opened my inbox to find an email from the fabulous Pam Grout called “21 reasons to be of good cheer”. It was a really beautiful tribute to 21 amazing things happening in the world, like charitable donations from mystery people and random acts of kindness. By the end of it I had that gooey, warm, tingly feeling you get when you remember what a beautiful place the world really can be. (I’ve put a link to it at the end of this post so you can experience the gooey-ness for yourself).
It got me thinking about my own reasons to be of good cheer and what brings joy to MY world… and I sat down and came up with the list below. While it’s doesn’t have the global impact that Pam’s list talks about, it highlights all the little things that bring me joy.
I have to say, I do a lot of ‘personal growth’ work, but I totally underestimated how much fun I’d actually have writing this.
When I was finished, I started thinking, “wouldn’t it be great if everyone shared all the beautiful things in their life with the people they love?”
You know how you often get family newsletters at this time of year but sometimes they can be a bit, well... mundane or superficial? This is a much more light-hearted, fun and personal 'newsletter' that really gets to the heart of all the things that brought joy to your own world this year. Imagine the sense of connection we'd get from sharing that with friends and family?
So I encourage you to have a crack at doing this yourself, and share it with someone over email. They'll get to know you better and also have the opportunity to create their own list and bring joy to their world.
24 things that brought Joy to My World in 2015
and as promised, here's the link to the original article that inspired it all! Thanks, Pam...
A lot of the practice of getting healthy is really a practice of getting honest.
We waste a lot of energy pretending to be someone other than ourselves. Saying what we think we 'should' say at work to gain approval. Participating in things that will make friends or loved ones happy but that we actually find physically draining. Living according to the status quo.
I love this clip from Lady Gaga talking about what she feels stifles her creativity and speaking up about what really matters to her. I saw a lot of people resonate with this video when it came out, mostly I think because honesty can be so rare that when we see a glimpse of it we feel relieved. My prediction is that honesty is going to be the new black; instead of 'reality' tv we are going to have more inspirational people just saying what they really mean and a collective sigh of relief as people start expressing their true selves.
How incredible is that going to be?! Imagine how much energy you'd have if you weren't spending it trying to fit in or paddle desperately upstream.
Awareness and clarity are always the first step towards healing, so even if you're not willing to consider changing anything yet, are you willing to get honest (even just with yourself) about what's not working in your life?
It’s almost here! That time of the year when we start to slow down, spend time with loved ones and wait for the man in red suit to bring us everything we desire.
Whether you believe in Santa or not, this time of year sheds a lot of clarity on what we do place faith in within our lives. What do you believe in? Are you putting your faith in people and things that bring you joy? and are you asking the universe for what you really want?
Christmas is such a juicy time of the year to examine our beliefs because there is an energy in the air that almost anything is possible. There’s a heightened sense that magic and miracles could happen (even if that miracle is just hooking up with the hot guy from work at the company christmas party). We’re a little bit more open at Christmas time, to believing that all the things we’re longing for could come true. Maybe its all the cheesy Christmas movies I’ve watched over the years but if Hollywood has taught me anything, it’s that wishes come true at Christmas - if you’re bold enough to ask for them.
What’s my point? simply this: Santa and the Universe = same thing. Believe. Have faith. Ask. And then watch the miracles unfold.
A few months ago I stumbled upon this clip from Jim Carrey speaking to the Maharishi University which sums up my point beautifully:
How inspirational is that?!
What would life look like if you stopped following your head and started believing in possibility?
In “Miracle on 34th Street” (one of my christmas movie faves), Dora, a divorced mother who has given up on love, tells Kris Kringle that she doesn’t think there’s any harm no believing in Santa. After all, a lot of people don’t and there is really no proof of his existence. Kris Kringle points out that Christmas isn’t just a day, and he’s not just a man, he’s a symbol of the human capacity for faith:
So my question is: where are you putting your faith? There’s no such thing as a ‘faithless’ person; you either have faith in miracles and possibility or you have faith in fear and disappointment. and let’s face it: we’re all afraid on some level. Everyone fears failing at what they truly want in life. But in my mind there isn’t really another option. After all, how is succeeding at getting a life you don’t want any better? Again, there’s an awesome clip from Jim’s speech that gets to the heart of it:
What jumped out at you when you watched this clip about ‘doing what you love’? Was it a trip you’ve always wanted to take, a business you want to start, a charity you want to volunteer with... a closet you want to step out of?
Now’s the time.
Christmas is such a delicious time to get clear on your beliefs, with plenty of downtime to reflect on this year and so much potential and possibility for the year ahead. So what are you waiting for?
Remember when you used to write a letter to Santa? Well we're going to do the grown up version and write one to the Universe. I’ve created a gift for you called “The Miracle on 34th Street Effect" which you can print out and fill out. This is an easy and fun way of getting clarity on what brought you joy and love this year and what sucked the energy out of you. It also creates focus on what you want more of in your life next year and the action steps to create it, all of which will help to highlight where you’ve been putting your faith and where you’d like to redirect it to in the future.
Step into the beautiful energy of everything that is possible for you this Christmas!
Love, joy and christmas cocktails