New beginnings are filled with such hope and potential, inspiration and excitement, aren’t they?
With so many possibilities right in front of you and even more right around the bend, the mind boggles…the heart races…the spirit soars!
But let’s be honest here, shall we?
New beginnings can also be overwhelming.
They can leave us enveloped by extra long days and sleepless nights, mile-long to-do lists and unforeseen fears of failure.
These challenging aspects of starting anew can feel daunting, but does that mean we should turn back?
If we can center ourselves in our own truth, validate the process (and our feelings while in it), and trust the path we’re on not only can we survive our next new beginning, but we can thrive!
Have a Plan…While Being Flexible
Whether you are a list person or keep everything in your head, take some time to brainstorm your To-Do list.
Start with the bigger tasks first and then break down those tasks (as necessary) into smaller, achievable tasks. Be realistic about what you can accomplish in a hour/day/week/month/year and then set your mind and heart on tackling each item, one at a time.
Keep in mind also, though, that there are always unforeseen bumps in the road. While each bump may be a pain and may even set your timeline back a bit, do your best to remember that bumps are a natural part of our path. Breathe, focus on your self-care, adjust, and keep going.
Focus on the Positive
No matter how exciting or challenging each new beginning may be, it is imperative that you trust your abilities, stay grounded in each moment, and remember that, no matter what comes up through this process, being able tackle a new beginning is such a gift!
Whether you’re changing locations, changing jobs, changing your relationship status, or starting a new creative endeavor, use this opportunity to approach each decision on your own terms.
Practice Self Care
Self-care should always be on your to-do list, but when embarking on a new journey it becomes especially important to take care of yourself: Mind, Body and Soul.
While everyone’s ritual is their own, here are a few of my favorite ways to take care of myself on a regular basis:
- Drink copious amounts of hot tea
- Take really long, hot showers
- Gift myself as much quiet time in Nature as possible
- Listen to loud music and/or dance like no one’s watching
- Get as much fresh air as each day can bring
- Be mindful of setting time aside for meditation
- Practicing Me-time (time alone, away from everyone, even for a couple of hours can have a very positive effect on one’s mindset)
Seek Out & Accept Support
Self-care is imperative, but don’t stop there. Whether via friends, family, or a trusted advisor (spiritual, psychological, etc), you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) face any aspect of your new beginning alone. Reach out for support, hang out with friends, meet loved ones for coffee, make an appointment with your favorite energy worker, or massage therapist
Equally (if not more) important is to accept support from those who offer it freely! If someone says they’re happy to do X,Y, or Z for you, believe them and allow them the pleasure of following through on that promise.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Remember why you started on this new path. Acknowledge your courage, your forward thinking. Honor your place in the Universe and all that your have to offer everyone and everything you cross paths with.
You are right where you are supposed to be.
You’ve got this.