What’s your January takeaway? What’s your theme for 2012?

The energy of January

There’s been an amazing flow of teleclasses, blogposts, ebooks, trainings this January. They’re everywhere! Just yesterday I signed up for what feels like my thirteenth series of mind-expanding, powerful teleclasses of the month.

January is a month full of powerful offers of support for creating intentions, setting goals, starting out on the path of creating new habits, learning new things. Myself, I’m taking a year-long course, Awakening Joy, which offers monthly evenings of neuroscience of happiness geekery, singing, dancing and meditation. And I’m offering my own teleclass (details below) in a couple of weeks.

As the month winds down, I find myself finally slowing down and discerning what’s most important. I love the idea of creating a central theme for the year. Inspired by the Soul Spackle blog, I’m going with a single word as my theme. A word that will be the center point of all my personal and business growth efforts, that will be the mirror in which I check myself, my thoughts, my words and my actions every day.

My word for this year is Joy.

The attributes that Joy contains include:


The working hypothesis:

The more wellbeing I can connect to in myself, the more of a gift I can give to others.

I don’t do Joy naturally, I’m not very good at it. I always blamed it on nurture, that I was raised in a house where grumpiness and rage ruled. Turns out as humans, we are by nature set up to look for what’s wrong. It’s a protective survival technique. As James Baraz says in the Awakening Joy text, “…the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and like Teflon for positive ones.” It takes a lot of practice to groove new neural pathways that point to, look for the joyful.

I’m going for it! I’m going for that state we can achieve when we’re not under stress, where we can be

creative and

So. I’m committing to joy and running everything—all my habits, choices, actions—through the joy filter, checking in with myself and asking: Is this thing I’m contemplating going to lead me toward joy or away from joy? This is a deceptively simple and quite elegant idea (wish I had thought of it before!).

What’s your theme for 2012 going to be? Share in the comments!


Reminder about the February 13th teleclass:
Write a Love Letter to Yourself from Spirit

Good news! You can still sign up. It’s going to be so much fun. Here are the details:

In celebration of International Self-Love Day on February 13, we will celebrate the love you can feel for yourself so strongly when you’re connected to Spirit, to Source.

This is a love that will hold you in its soft embrace as you envision and act on all the audacious goals you’ve set for yourself in this new year. (Don’t worry if you haven’t set or completed your goals yet, on this call I will be guiding you to your own clear vision of what’s next for you, in all areas of your life.)

In the class you will write a love letter to yourself from Spirit (the Goddess, God, nature…) congratulating you on all the awesome actions you will have taken and goals you will have achieved by the time 2012 comes to a close.

Bonus! Your love letter mailed back to you. 

As a special bonus for attending this class, if you send me your love letter with a stamped and self-addressed envelope by March 20th, I’ll hold it in a sacred place in my house until December 21st, when I’ll send it back to you. You’ll get your very own love letter from Spirit in the mail! How fun—and powerful—is that?

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 1:30–2:30pm Pacific, 10:30–11:30am Eastern. Can’t make the call live? No worries, there will be a recording that I can email to you.

To get your call-in details for the Love Letter from Spirit teleclass, all you need to do is RSVP here, on my Facebook event page. If you’re not on Facebook, send me a note, or a message on Twitter, or send smoke signals. We’ll get you on the call!

Cost: Open contribution.

That’s right! I want to fully share this work with you, from my own loving heart, and if you feel full and complete and grateful, and want to give back at the end, then I will invite you to make a contribution to me and my work, so that I can continue doing what I am meant to do. Please relax into this open contribution idea. Toward the end of the call, I will help you work out the right amount for you to donate. For now, please enjoy this beautiful self-loving process we will be sharing together.

Love and blessings!


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I’m a barely tamed hippie, sage, seasoned, sarcastic (not all the time any more, but still). I’m a mom, a daughter, sister, a neighbor, and a friend. I’ve been on this meandering journey — like you, probably — seeking a better connection to and experience of peace, harmony, and fun in every bit of life. I’m single, quite good at it, and mostly love it. I’m here for the conversations I get to have with you, which these days center on exploring the mystery and beauty of life, work, health, aging, and creative expression. Want to know a little more about me and my journey? Explore the site. Read the blog. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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