Every year I choose to go "internal", recharge, reflect and then get my visions for the next year on paper, I normally begin the process on the Winter Solstice. And this year was no exception, I cleared the calendar from the 20th-27th, I did not succumb to requests for meetings, classes, even working with clients, because this is something I absolutely NEED to do for my own sanctity and sanity, and so I can begin the New Year bringing all the creations that have been swirling in my head to light, if it makes sense to do so, and that what I have been visioning is ready to be birthed, or saved for later. I cannot do that without taking this time every year. And I hope you all make time to do this every year as well. As the cycles of natures tell us, this is the time to "go dark" and fallow, in anticipation of the coming of the light after the solstice. There is no better time to recharge and reflect. I invite you to reflect on what your theme, vision and maybe a word or two on how you want to be in the world in 2018.
But this year was a little different; my body and my Inner Muse kept telling me last week that she needed to rest. I resisted, I fought with her telling her I had much to do, in business, and to get ready for Christmas, and that if she just waited until the 20th, she would get her time. But my Muse persisted. She said no, now. Meanwhile, my Inner Critic was fighting her, a battle ensuing, the voice that said if you don't work, none of your classes or offerings will have anyone showing up. And then finally after pulling the Our Lady of Sweet Rest (from the Mother Mary oracle deck, and then this from the Wisdom of the Oracle Deck.
I finally got the message!
It could not have been more clear, and so I napped I think just about every day last week. And it was exactly what I needed! Each day I woke up from my nap with more information on what I want to bring forth in 2018 and some things that are being marinated on for later or re-engineered. I also received information on what things I could finally let go of because it was time. When we listen to our inner wisdom, what the lady inside says, miracles happen, creativity opens, and in my opinion, we are able to manipulate time when we take the time to recharge. That is because the more we listen to our inner wisdom, the more time we spend working on the things that matter, and say no to the rest. I invite you, to really listen to yourself and ask for what you need, and TAKE THE TIME! I know it can be difficult during the holidays, to not say yes to everything, every invitation, every last minute gift, taking care of everyone but you, but it is so important to say no to some things and take care of yourself. What are you saying no to?
As I said, I am saying no to working with the exception of visioning between the 20th and 27th. But here is a sneak peek of what will be coming into form for 2018. I have Intentional Creativity classes on the calendar for January and completing February. To see the current calendar go here. I am developing curriculum for my February classes around Coming Home to Your Heart and Embracing the Mess. I am excited about those, as they will be light and playful. Art Journaling classes will also be forthcoming. And there will be Year Beginning Women's Circle in January (date TBD) to come together to declare what we want to bring into our lives and to others lives in 2018, and come up with a personal theme and some words for the year.
Starting the last Monday in January, and every last Monday of the month going forward Amused Woman Studios will have an open studio time called Creative Cafe where we come together to create in community, just for fun, no teaching, just coming to work on whatever you want to create.
February 3rd I am co-creating a Vision Board class with Imisa Sanchez, which is a day of teaching and goal setting that will go way beyond the normal Vision Board process, and is much more than collaging photos on poster board. Invitations and details to come.
The big, big thing for 2018 that I am creating is a 9-month in-person circle program with the working title She Trusts, and will have an optional invitation to also create a painting over 9 months (same large painting, worked on as we go through the teachings). This will be my big work for the year, and I am excitedly developing all the curriculum and teachings, to be ready for launch most likely in the spring, that will teach women to trust in themselves, their wisdom, their intuition, their unique gifts, and each other, so that women transform how they walk in the world, coming from a place of total trust in themselves, and their power and wisdom.
For my friends who are not here in Denver, I am working on what virtual offerings I will make available next year, and there will be several video classes created.
This is why I need to recharge, reflect, and do my own inner work before I can bring this magic to all of you.
I invite you to take these next weeks and do the same. You will be amazed at what comes out of the time you take to recharge.