Starting the New Year Now

I know, I know…2013 begins on January 1. I’m not talking about time and years measured out into quantities, calendar units, dates. What I’m talking about is the New Year as a state of mind: possibility, wide horizons to fill with intentions and movement, a fresh start, big glorious plans to take over the world. You know: resolutions. Which historically I’m not fond of, though I make them every year.

Despite this, I’ve started my whole year-end reflection/2013 planning process now. I did Reverb awhile back, and while that was fun and I love reading other people doing it, I thought I’d go it alone this go-round. I’m hunkering down every so often with a big mug of gingerbread spice tea (or a glass of wine if I’m feeling frisky and libertine-y) and scribbling in my journal and hippie productivity tool. It’s been nice and chill and thoughtful; let me tell you about it in this video blog post, in which I talk about why I start this thinking/planning process earlier than usual these days, and give state evidence on how nerdy I am:

(Note: there’s a high awkward factor here! Eeeek! But I promised myself I’d do one of these in 2012, so there you go, squeaking in at the last minute!)

Anyway, the link to Leonie Dawson’s fabulous workbook is here. (This is an affiliate link: I really truly use this, and I vouch for its awesomeness, especially if you like hippie sparkle.) And Susannah Conway’s free year-end planning tool is here. I’m really enjoying filling mine out this year and have started looking forward to 2013; I’ll likely share the some of the fruits of my mental labors in a few blog posts later this month. Are you thinking about 2013 already? How are you going about it? Please share below, and no matter what you do or don’t do, I hope the year-end is a soulful, beautiful time for you.

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7 thoughts on “Starting the New Year Now

  1. A vlog post ! Awesome !
    (And a great excuse to see your adorable face. And kitchen)

    Leonie’s workbook is awesome. Actually, I’ve been filling it way more carefully than the last years, and it shows: my tarot reading was really insightful. 2013 will be a great year!

    1. Awww, Melanie, thanks! Yes, I’ve been filling out my book now, too, taking time and care with it. I really took the time last year and I think it made a huge difference, esp. when I’d look at it every month or so. It was so nice to have a reference for what I was thinking! I agree: 2013 is going to be a great year!

      xo kat

  2. Reading your goodbye on No Good For Me made me realize how much I’d missed your (virtual) voice, and I’m kicking myself for not realizing you had this here blog. Anyway I’m glad I found it now, and as someone who always uses this time of year for introspection I am highly attracted to the tools you recommend. This last year has been incredible, but I definitely have some dreams for the next one that could use a little oomph behind them to get them realized.

    And yes more vlogging please!

    1. Hi Heidi! So glad you found me over here! Thanks for reading (and watching!) I’ve had this for awhile, but this year was when I began blogging more regularly, so keep your eye on this space 🙂 Yep, both those tools are really excellent — Susannah’s has some great questions for reflection and Leonie’s digs pretty deep into goal-setting as well. I highly recommend both!

      xo k.

  3. Lovely to see a video blog from you Kat! You’re not nerdy at all, you’re awesome 🙂 Leonie’s workbook looks great, I’m off to check it out after this comment. I used Susannah Conways’s one last year and found it an excellent way to prepare for the year ahead. Like you, I’ve been thinking a lot about 2013 already. I think 2012 has been a very challenging year for a lot of people, and we’re all looking forward to a brighter better year in 2013!

    1. awww, eadaoin, thanks!! 🙂 leonie’s workbook is great, it’s a nice set of tools for both setting intentions and creating plans to make things happen. this year has been both wonderful and challenging, and i’m completely looking forward to 2013 as well!

      xo k.

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