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This is the last column of 2010

Thinking back over the year I see lots of accomplishments – and a few things left undone.

At this time of year I suggest to my clients that they take some time to reflect and take stock. Where did you soar and move forward in positive ways? Think about the various aspects of your life – your work, your family and social life, your finances, your volunteer commitments, travel and fun, and of course your health.

What went well for you? Where are you most satisfied? What positive habits have you created for yourself that you want to continue?

Shedding what no longer fits or suits your life brings relief – spaciousness and freedom. Then you are ready to welcome what you want and need.

Often we only look at the gaps - what didn’t happen and build our new year resolutions and intentions around those. I find I begin from a  stronger place when I look at what I achieved and where I am most happy and  start my 2011 goals from there.

The next step is to recognize what we need to let go of in order to move forward.

Our minds, our lives, and our physical spaces are full- sometimes to overflowing. There is no room for anything new.

Do you want more exercise? What can you get rid of that will open room? Old exercise clothes or equipment? Stuff on the floor where you want to stretch? An outdated idea of what works for you?

Some people want better health. Can you throw out food that doesn’t serve your body? Let go of health care providers who don’t get you? Let go of habits that block your health – like too much TV or computer time?

Shedding what no longer fits or suits your life brings relief – spaciousness and freedom. Then you are ready to welcome what you want and need.

I commend you on what you have done for your health and happiness in 2010.

I know many of you have made big changes, taken important risks, and cultivate habits that support your body and your life. You deserve to let that goodness soak in for a few minutes. Feel what you have done.

Now turn towards 2011 with an open heart and mind, knowing you can bring that goodness forward – for yourself, and for all those for whom you care.

Happy New Year!

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