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A Message from Spirit: Reflecting on 2023 and Looking Ahead in 2024

December 31, 2023 by  
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Here are some things to ponder in the new year with bells and whistles…

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The close of a year (and the start of a New Year) is a particularly potent time to reflect, reset, and establish a new vision for your life.


Sometimes, to get a message from Spirit, I’ll turn to the dictionary (of all places) and pose a question.

One year on December 31st, while holding the dictionary, I asked:

“What’s the message for today?”

I fanned through the dictionary with my eyes closed and I randomly pointed to a word on the page.



To my astonishment, the word was…


How perfect is that?!

The end of the year brings us a special opportunity to do just that… to reflect, to look back, and to contemplate.



On New Year’s Day, I picked up Webster again and was delighted to land on another surprisingly relevant word…


Again, how spot on…

Itinerary: a plan of travel or a proposed route on a journey.



The New Year is a perfect time to pause and think about what we want to create in the year ahead.

Don’t you love when synchronicity happens?!

Those two words summarized this juncture point perfectly and called out the value of reflecting on the year that is closing.

And the value of creating an itinerary for the year ahead.

“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” Deepak Chopra




Grab a notebook or journal and soak in the meaningful moments and milestones of the year by writing them down.

I’ve noticed that we often gloss over our achievements and milestones in the year. (And frankly, barely take stock at all).

Too often, we look ahead to the future without giving ourselves credit for our accomplishments, the challenges we overcame, and the love we shared.

In your reflection, I invite you to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate yourself.

Give yourself credit for the positive ways you navigated the year…

Reflect on your internal achievements:

  • adapting to the challenges of the year
  • nurturing your spirituality
  • experiencing greater peace
  • exhibiting greater love & compassion to yourself and others
    enjoying a slower pace of life, etc.

And don’t forget to reflect on your external achievements:

  • helping someone in need
  • caring for a loved one
  • volunteering
  • learning a new skill
  • decluttering or renovating your home
  • the healthy choices you made
  • stepping out of your comfort zone
  • practicing Reiki and meditation
  • stepping out of your comfort zone
  • honing your craft or something else entirely

Now, give yourself a pat on the back for taking this time to reflect.

Please don’t beat yourself up if you went off course in some areas of your life. That’s not what this exercise is about.

Now, contemplate the year ahead and write down your vision without understanding HOW it will come to fruition.

  • What would you like to shift internally?
  • How do you want to show up?
  • What do you want to create?
  • How do you want to grow?

It’s powerful to commit your reflections and vision to paper.

Once you’ve written down your vision, imagine it’s already come true without knowing HOW it is coming to fruition.

Focus on what you want without knowing just how the magic will manifest.

When in doubt, dream BIG and start small.

It’s important to take action.

Remember, you only have to focus on and take action on the next step before you. 

Bonus points:  Each day, ask yourself: “What action can I take? What improvement can I make today?”

Be open to what unfolds. Most importantly, enjoy the ride and cherish those you love. (This includes you, too!)

Cheers to you and your journey in the New Year!


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