Stop! Wait! Before you start visioning and writing goals, do the completion and release work first

This post was originally published in December of 2012. It’s been completely updated and brought up-to-date.

This is the time of year when your thoughts start to turn to your visions, goals, and intentions for the year ahead

It’s December, a natural time to start thinking about plans, and set intentions, to get clear about your visions for the coming year. You may even be thinking about those things right now.

2014 Year-End Completion and Release WorkbookBut before you start writing those goals for the coming year…Stop and breathe. There’s work to do first!

Honor yourself in the most sacred way and allow for closure for all the beautiful actions you took in 2014. Take the time to look back, and acknowledge your magnificent accomplishments of this past year. Give yourself the gift of completing and releasing the year that’s coming to an end before you begin looking ahead — when you do, you’ll be creating a firmer loving foundation for your intentions and visions.

Introducing the Magnolias West 2014 Completion and Release Workbook.

Here’s how to create a strong, workable, sustainable foundation for your vision, goals and intentions for an amazing 2014! In this workbook you can make note of what challenged you, and what may still be incomplete. Celebrate yourself for all the new, audacious, brave, risky things you’ve taken on, tried, and manifested. The actions that worked out as planned (or better!) and the ones that didn’t. Everything that was wonderful, everything that was challenging, and everything in between. When you get to gratitude for all of it, you are lovingly cutting the ties to what may hold you back from your magnificence in the New Year.

Read what a client, Christine Scudder, has to say about the Completion & Release Workbook

CSheadshot“When I started the workbook, I was feeling pretty down on my year that was ending, but in the process of reviewing the questions, I found that I actually took more risks — and some significant ones at that — in the past year, and that each risk, each action, was deserving of my mindful attention and gratitude. I found the overall “taking stock” to be helpful. The language was at once direct and empowering, serving as an invitation to reflect upon this year in a way that was forthright, yet kind to myself. This is new for me — previously I’ve found “year in review” type activities to bring out a serious amount of harsh, critical self-judgment. I left this activity with a sense of clear renewal.” —Christine Scudder, MSW.

Even when your efforts fail, gorgeous, as long as you’re trying, you’re making progress.

They call it failing forward. I promise you, taking the time to do this completion work will remove the weeds and undergrowth from your path, so that your new start  —the goals, visions, blessings, and miracles you will bring to 2015 — will germinate, root, and flower beautifully for you.

How to buy the 2014 Year-End Completion and Release Workbook

It’s easy! All the information you need is right here.

Pricing, purchase links, more information, more testimonials, the whole megillah (yup, that’s Yiddish again — means the whole story). Check it out. Put yourself high on your gift list.

How to use the workbook

There are five pages of questions with four questions on each page. Print out the workbook, if you like, or use your journal, to do this working. Four of the pages pose questions that relate to the four elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth) and the fifth page has questions that reflect your most sacred and regal Spirit. Don’t be afraid. Bring your light and open heart to this process. Answering the questions will be enlightening, and it may even be exhilarating and fun! You are where you are for a reason. You get just the lessons and challenges you need to bring your most loving self to everything you do. I celebrate you!

Here’s what another client has to say about the Completion & Release Workbook

“Now that I have completed the Completion and Release workbook I feel ready to move forward, to examine why I felt locked and the areas where I became clogged. I am positioning myself for new solutions and growth, as I am in a new area of my life that is uncharted territory. Sue has an amazing ability to lead me to the truths of my heart and make the sparkle of possibility a reality.” — Kim Partin

resolutionsLet’s take a moment to talk about the R word.

You may notice, precious one, that I don’t use the word resolution when I talk about year-end completion, release, and planning. That’s because I have seen in my own life and in the life of the women I work with that resolutions by themselves just don’t work. Need proof? Take a look at the attendance at your gym in January, and then in February and then in March… Dwindle much? Here’s what I know. Resolution without a strong, sustainable base of vision and intention are as effective as houses built without firm foundations. But more about this in January, when we’ve breathed life into our firm beautiful foundation, and we’re ready to build upon it.

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Join the conversation!

  1. Wow! This looks like a fantastic workbook! So glad you’re not mentioning the R word either lol 😉 Will be sharing this link on FB and Twitter. Enjoy the New Moon in Sag! 😉 Christiane x

  2. Thank you, Sue, for the reminder! 2012 has been a HUGE year for me, I made so many changes and set the signals for even greater success in 2013. It’s a year that deserves to be honoured, and closed properly, before I move on.
    Much love and blessings!

  3. I appreciate your emphasis on acknowledgment and letting go. Those are so important to being able to fully embrace what is new. You verbalized this in a way I found quite delightful, Sue!

  4. I love that what you have put together helps us to create sacred space and celebrate the year first and foremost before getting into new goals. Stopping, breathing, and taking time to reflect and evaluate are worthy of our time and attention and can make a world of difference in our vision and goals for the future (and ultimately, the future we create). I am interested to hear what you have to share with helping us set a strong, sustainable base of vision and intention for the year ahead. I will be looking into buying your workbook. Thank you!

    • Brandy, hi.

      I love that you’re looking at giving yourself the gift of the Completion and Release Workbook. And yes, I do have more to say about the process. Check out this week’s coming blogpost (which will arrive in your inbox if you’ve subscribed to my newsletter) for a deeper dive into the perfect timing of doing this work any time between now and the Solstice/New Moon on the 21st. New Moon. New Sun. New you!

      Love and gratitude,

  5. Sue, this looks amazing, what a great idea. I have been turning my thoughts forward, but you are right, I need to do the completion and especially the celebration work of what I have accomplished this year. Thanks for this reminder. Off to buy your book 🙂

  6. This is wonderful advice! My Virgo tendencies often have me racing forward with the new to-do list in hand, paying little or no attention to what’s been accomplished previously.

    • Kimba, I totally get that! May you feel your feet on the ground, and fully inhabit this now moment. And the next.

      Love and magic,

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