10 Affirmations for the New Year

When the New Year approaches, I normally reflect on the past year—my lessons, changes, and goals for the next year. I wouldn’t say I have a list of resolutions, more of a clearer view of where I want my life to go and how I want to grow in the coming months, taking with me what I learned in the past.

We area a compilation of lessons, struggles, and joy that have shaped us.

I have learned (and continue to learn) that all we can do is take the lessons without judging our path and become a truer version of ourselves in the process.

10 Affirmations

So this year, I am working with a list of intentions, or affirmations, that will guide me and keep me centered in the coming year. I know changes are coming to my life. I’ve been sensing them and preparing for them for a good half of this year (probably longer, who am I kidding?). It’s inexplicable how I can sense this, but a vibration within has been knocking on my soul to awaken and finally grasp my purpose. My preparation has been something I’ve slowly become aware of. And though at times I want to speed up the process, one of my greatest lessons this year is fully accepting divine timing.

I share my affirmations with you in hopes that you resonate with some or all. If you have affirmations that you are working with, I’d love to hear them. Drop a comment with yours. Together, we grow and raise the vibration of our collective consciousness.

10 Affirmations for the New Year

• I am living my best life.
• I am open to the changes coming my way.
• I flow with an open heart as I attract a healthy and loving relationship.
• I remove fear and replace it with joy and love.
• I experience each day, living a life I am proud of.
• I receive the lessons from the universe with an open mind and heart so that I may continue to evolve.
• I attract abundance in all areas of my life.
• I break away from limitations as I turn my dreams into goals and plans.
• I include myself in all aspects of my life, and remove veils of invisibility.
• I value my existence and honor my purpose in this life.

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Manifesting Magic: How surrendering gave me power

I have been spending some time in Spain this holiday season, visiting my family and getting reacquainted with a part of me that I always had a deep connection with until the last few years.

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When we first talked about this trip, I wanted nothing to do with it. I was in my own place, digesting personal revelations and thinking about traveling to a place that might stir up more emotions was something I didn’t have time for. Or the heart for it. So I responded with, “I’ll see.” Any excuse I came up with wasn’t good enough to get me out of this trip, because I would be excluding myself further than I already had within my family nucleus. Something I know is emotional and growth suicide.

Instead, I gave myself time to work through what I was feeling, knowing that this trip would be something different for my spiritual growth, but I had to go with a clear mind, open understanding of the world around me, and a guided heart. It wasn’t easy. It was confusing.

I resisted. I fought it. I surrendered to it. 

They say we’re living new times, and I resonate with that. Despite my resistance, this inner understanding sparked, giving life to this awesome truth I needed to discover. My path in life stopped being jagged and became a straight road to something I am still uncovering. All I knew was that I needed to go. I needed to explore. I needed to allow myself to be guided by a force greater than the fear of my ego.

So I booked my flight, leaving 10 days earlier than planned, to embark on this journey of digging deeper into my roots. No. Deeper than that. To my core. My very essence. Once I go within to that place, I will know where this road I recently started walking on will lead—a clarity I’m craving.

I want to live where the fairies are. 

The magic I’ve always felt in the forest has seeped into my skin. The sacredness I’ve always known surrounds me when I’m here has manifested itself. I came 10 days earlier for the purpose of discovering what my soul is urging me to. I came for the peace this place has always offered my being. I came for the connection to earth mother, away from the congestion of the city. Pure energy in one of the purest places I’ve visited.

My search continues as I’m here. I take in every message. I admire the beauty of this land I chose to live in. I’m reminded of the majesty of our earth mother as I pause to admire her beauty.

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I seek guidance from the sun to light this sometimes foggy path, and I appreciate the night fog to give thanks for the present moment I’m living.

The changes around us are occurring. The world and our energies are shifting. Instead of resisting—like I did with this trip—if we allow the emotions to flow through us without grasping on to them or attempting to control them, we will understand the lessons in our every day life. We will be grateful for the role each person has in our life. Our views and perception of people and situations will shift with the mere opening of compassion and removal of judgment.

I’m ready for the next step. I stand, openly surrendering, so that I may live my purpose. For that is the reason I’m here, and it’s no longer time for me to prolong living out that purpose. It’s time I stand with courage, like the mountains I’ve always been fond of, withstanding the storms and offering to the world what I came here to do.

Manifesting Dreams & Surrendering Control

It’s been a trying few months. It has been the kind of months where I thought, It can’t get worse than this, and then it would. Or I’d perceive it that way. I’d perceive life as a constant fight I couldn’t win. I was getting hit from all sides, hard hits, soft hits, painful hits. All of them from the past, present, and future. The mind controlling me in the most painful way possible—I wasn’t enough.

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When I’m feeling this way, I write. I write a word or I write ten thousand words. Anything to release what is in me—pain, sadness, resentment. I’m a student of life. I learn as I go, and I experience triggers. I experience obstacles because that is how we learn. At times it’s easy to forget that we are still learning when we are in the role of guide, or coach in my case. But we are. We are all constantly learning and growing. We evolve with each morning we wake up to and rise with each night we lay our heads to rest.

With challenging months, I was forced to face so many things in my life (some I was aware of and chose to ignore, and others I’m still figuring out). I was stuck in that same pattern, stuck on repeat like a song you don’t like but can’t stop humming, when I came across a reminder. “I am” affirmations. As a life coach, I teach clients to work with positive intentions in the present moment to build belief and manifest desires. The key to intentions is the combination of belief and want. When I saw a post about “I am” intentions, I was taken back to the advice I give others.

Why is it we never take our own advice?

This post reopened my eyes. I know this. I know what to do when my vibrations are low and my beliefs are crap. I decided to start working my own intentions. In the morning, mid-day, afternoon, you name it and I was affirming. I believed them. I expressed beliefs I was confident about. I am still doing it. Every chance I get I take a few seconds to mentally say my affirmations. I take a few minutes to write them down in my journal.

I felt as my mind started to calm, my soul relax. Peace entered me as I said goodbye to the constant torment I was struggling with. All of a sudden, the things I was worrying about became minimal as I made the conscious choice to live in the present, feel each breath that filled me, and spend more time with people.

It’s amazing what we can do when we make choices to look at things from a positive perspective and be present. That post I came across was exactly what I needed. I needed that gentle reminder that I can have what I want if I release control and allow the process of life to happen. I can manifest what I desire when I surrender the mind and love freely. I continue my daily intentions and breathing. I continue to trust in the grandness of the universe and know that each experience is one for me to learn from. If I resist it, the lesson will continue to hit me until I accept it and grow. If I choose to learn the lesson the first time, I will move through my journey a little lighter and wiser.

At the end of the day, I want to lay my head to rest, grateful for the gifts I’ve received (even those unanswered prayers, are gifts as well). The universe knows what we need. Our higher self knows what we need. It will feed our souls, and it is up to us to grasp those lessons and surrender to something greater than this human experience.


Examples of “I am” affirmations. We each add what we want to set as our intention.

I am healthy.

I am abundant.

I am a successful writer (insert your career).

I am at the perfect weight/size for my body.

I am beautiful.

I am in harmony.

I am in a loving and respectful relationship.

Fear for the Unknown

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Lately I’ve been rooted, stuck in place with gripping quicksand. Not the type of grounded where confidence rules you and your root chakra is aligned. Mine is shaken, all the way up to my core, where I’ve teetered between who I remember and who I’ve become because of the fear. Despite daily affirmations and weekly intentions, I have struggled to find my footing. 

Digging deep within and exploring our darkest corners can shake us. Finding what is hidden in our souls can tempt to break us. But our courage can strengthen us. Allow us to stand up and fight the demons taunting us and challenges holding us back. 

My wings are itching to fly, take me to new grounds and newer experiences. I’m itching to break the limitations I’ve created and soar. 

Who doesn’t want that freedom? 

Yet, the unknown can be intimidating. It can hold us back from finding greatness because we prefer to stay comfortable. However, I vowed to break this new routine—a routine that goes against my being. I vowed to remind myself of the strength I have always carried, the wilderness that has always guided me, and return to the free-spirit that has longed to wander this earth with an open and wild heart.

Trusting the universe, and allowing for what’s in my heart to manifest, gives me the freedom to flap those wings and understand the balance between soaring amongst the stars and returning to my home on Earth to ground and recharge. Believe in my dreams and accomplish my goals. Most importantly, live the life I have always dreamed of. The life I deserve. The life I have ached to experience.

It is so much easier to allow the weightless wings to guide you than the weight of fear to control you.

We can have all we want if we remove the uncertainty of the unfamiliar and explore it with an open mind.

A Year of Change

Stop, Drop, and Choose

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I am an over thinker. I always have been. My heart is a free spirit that wants to wander the world aimlessly, and my brain is a Capricorn. I have learned to listen with my heart, follow it more and think less of the what if. Boy, do I dislike those what ifs. They are our brain getting in the way of a lovely plan that fills our souls. Do you ever get that kick or jump in your stomach that draws your attention? I have challenged myself to listen to that and just “Stop, Drop and Choose.” Choose what my heart wants on the first try. Ask myself a question, do I stay or go? If I stop, Drop and Choose, what is the first word that pops into my mind. Don’t over think, just do.

Ever since I was a young girl, I would get that gut feeling. I had no idea what it was, but I used to describe it like anti-butterflies. My stomach would not get that warm and fuzzy feelings, but instead it would churn. It would feel heavy and uncomfortable.

If I met a guy, I would think, “He’s cute. I’ll give him a chance.” And I would, because who wouldn’t want to give a cute guy you clicked with a chance? But I would always listen to my stomach. If I got that churning, uncomfortable feeling, I would break it off. Why be with someone who does not give you the good kind of butterflies? Listen to that.

Do you get happy butterflies or churning moths? If it churns, run and run fast, from any situation. Be brave enough to do what is right for you. But if those butterflies are full of love and care, stay and enjoy the caress. Your heart and soul know what is best for you, and they try to guide you. It is up to you, and me, to listen. From what I have learned from the lessons of not listening, I am choosing to pay attention, closely.

At first it may be difficult because our minds contradict what our intuition is telling us, but with practice you become more in tune with that part of you. Once you listen to that part of you and experience all the wonderful things that can happen, this practice will become more and more a part of your life.

I have challenged myself to choose. Choose the direction I want my life to go without thinking what could go wrong or asking what if I stay. I choose to listen to my butterflies when it comes to meeting the right man, and I choose to listen to my heart so I can move forward from a place of love and compassion.

I want chances to explore my world openly, without letting my brain get in the way, as it so often has in the past. Through my journey I have learned to trust myself a little more and ignore what the world says. I have gone with my instinct when it comes to a job, a place to live, or a relationship. It was difficult at first to separate the facts my mind created to the feeling my heart had. Even more difficult to explain this to others who were not one with their intuition, but I learned to release that and follow my gut, which is tied to my heart.

There is a freedom that comes with following our intuition, an opening within our hearts and souls and bodies that allows us to move through life with a different kind of confidence. I want to feel that always, everyday of my life. I want to be able to dance through my path so sure of each step that my soul is the captain of my body and my heart is the sail. Have the courage to live with your heart. Listen to its secrets and allow it to guide you.

So to you I say, Stop, Drop and Choose. What does your heart say?


A practice to become more in tune with your intuition is to sit in a quiet space by yourself, close your eyes and take a few deeps breaths to clear your mind from wandering thoughts. Once you are relaxed, think of a question you may have been asking yourself. Maybe it’s a choice you need to make. *{I found it easier to start with yes or no questions.}

Once you think of this, what is the first thought to enter your mind? That is your answer. That is your higher self and intuition responding over your analytical mind. This is the truth before we tear it apart and make excuses as to why it cannot be that way. Try it. Live it. See what happens in your life when you do.

*Examples of questions to begin with:

Is this the right job for me?

Is this the right car for me?