New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing. Even though I love goals and goal setting, something about setting them at the start of January feels forced and uninspirational. Fall, on the other hand, is where it’s at for me. When the air turns cool and the leaves change the world feels full of potential and possibility. I feel full of potential and possibility. That’s why I’d much rather revamp my goals in the fall than set resolutions at the start of the year.
As Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby,
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
Nothing could be more true for me. I’ve been thinking on this a lot lately, and I think it’s the fact fall reminds us how beautiful and wondrous change can be. It gives us a sense of things to look forward to and all the possibilities out there. And that’s why I love setting goals and dreaming things up when the fall season comes around.
Actually, looking back on my track record, the beginning of the fall season is when I've made most of my big decisions. Transferring schools, switching majors, moving, etc.
I seem to take advantage of all this crisp magic in a different way each year, and this year I’ve chosen to harness it with a little help from The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. I’m making sure my goals are all aligned with the way I want to feel every single waking breathe and I’m homing in on those specific feelings.
After some rough emotional experiences the last two years, I've learned if something doesn't add value to my daily life I need to get rid of it ASAP (And boy have I been cutting the fat!) If a project, person, or event doesn't stir up my core desired feelings, I'm saying no to it, and I won't apologize for my newfound selectivity.
The Desire Map has helped me figure all of this out.
To say that it has been a transcendent, soul-awakening experience is an understatement.
Danielle has managed to rewire the way I think, approach, and manifest in my life. The woman is pure magic. I’ve never met her, but the words she’s put on the pages of The Desire Map and published on her website ooze that Universe mojo we all need in our lives.
I just finished the The Desire Map, and I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Daily Desire Map Planner in November (combo of soul and to do lists? You know I’m in. Words on that later this year). I have high hopes for it, and I’m willing to bet money it won’t disappoint. So my core desired feelings are still fresh to me, and I feel a little bit like a newborn deer trying to walk.
How do you want to feel?
I'm learning more everyday just what it means to keep those feelings at the center of everything (and I'm excited to write about that soon!!)
More on my journey through The Desire Map to come though -- so many words, thoughts, emotions to work my way through, but I'm really excited to write about the experience at length and in detail. I will say that the very day I got to my core desired feelings some major things went down.
Maybe I sound like a nut rambling on about souls and feelings and fall, but I’m hoping someone else out there gets it. If not, that’s okay too, but hey, let me know either way! I’d love to read your thoughts.