Firstly, Happy New Year! I know we may be a week into it now, but this year the New Moon falls so close it felt like the perfect time to release my New Moon Intention Setting workbook for you all – why?
Well, I don’t know about you but the first week of my New Year has been a hectic mix of trying to get organised after Christmas, clean house and juggle the children restarting school. I’ve still been grazing on the leftover Christmas chocolates, (I know…) and planning my strategies for the year ahead.
But it makes this New Moon feel all the more important…
Now that the dust has settled it’s a perfect time to create some space for yourself and reconnect with who you are, who you want to be and where you want to be heading.
You haven’t missed the boat.
It’s not too late.
The New Moon is a time when the lunar cycle both completes and renews, giving you the perfect opportunity to create a fresh start and create the change you want to see in your life. Better yet, it happens more than once a year giving you so many more opportunities to redefine what the next month will bring.
Seriously, it’s not too late!
Whatever day you find this post, I hope you’ll download the workbook which I have created to help you in this process, and the notes below can work as a guide to how you can get the most out of it. If you don’t receive your download or you have any questions, feel free to send me a message here.
Celebrate your success
Firstly, you need to take a look back at the past month or year and what has been most successful. Where have you wowed yourself or just felt really proud of your actions and achievements?
It could be a huge win, a new job or a habit you started or broke, but it can also be something as real as getting out of bed in the morning or not losing your shit when something went wrong. Seriously, be real with yourself and celebrate your wins. Write them down, fill in an extra page if you have to, but acknowledge how hard you have worked and where you are right now.
Grow from where you are
It’s never easy to admit where you have failed. Even that word, right there, can cause so much shame and negative emotion that we withdraw from this part of our reflective process entirely, but when we can work through it, we can grow into something far greater on the other side.
I am so grateful for my past failures and their lessons, so much so that I dedicated a medium post to it which you can read here – and even that is only skimming the surface.
To give you an example and thinking about the chocolate I mentioned earlier – I’m not one for fad diets or self-restriction, especially not with chocolate – but I do know that dairy and sugar make me feel terrible, they give me inflammatory issues and that makes life more difficult, so perhaps instead of restricting eating any form of chocolate and making myself resentful, I could buy a small amount of good quality chocolate that I know isn’t going to make me feel like shit? Keep it real.
The idea of being honest with yourself about what’s working and what isn’t, is so that you can move forwards without recreating the same mistakes. It bypasses the cycle, but try not to beat yourself up here. It’s all about where you are heading, and that has to come from a place of self-love.
Open your heart and THINK BIG!
This is the exciting part, you get to dream big and set your goals for the month or year ahead.
What do you want to focus on, what do you want to create? It could be a
This is your space to define whatever you want to achieve, feel or experience and it is purely personal to you. Connect with your heart, your passion and your joy, and take some time to really feel
You could meditate, take a walk to clear your mind or take a really long salt bath **side note – this is totally a New Moon thing and a post for another day** just give yourself the opportunity to be whimsical for a while, and you may be surprised about where your heart is guiding you.
Try to listen to your inner wisdom, and work with how that relates to where you are right now. You can build on anything.
What will help you on your way?
You know, it’s okay not to have all the answers.
In fact it’s perfectly normal, and the tipping point between success and struggle can be reaching out for help or seeking expert advice.
This could be as simple as reading a book or having a conversation, but whatever you need, write it down.
As equally important to focus on the habits we want to create, we have to release the habits or actions which harm us and hold us back. We all have vices, we all have different needs, but when they actively stand in the way of our progress, it can be time to let go.
Sometimes we need to step away from a situation for a while or acknowledge how it makes us feel
Be gentle with yourself in your reflection here, no matter how long it takes, the only true failure is when we stop trying.
Write your manifesto
Writing yourself a plan of action is a really effective way to visualise the path to achieve your
This is your ‘note to self’, your motivational speech or the words of wisdom you want to remind yourself of when things are tough. Stoke your creative fires and empower yourself.
I also love to chose an affirmation or power word for the month – think of something that is relevant to your goals or that can act as a reminder for all you outlined in the previous pages. Repeat it to yourself daily, and whenever you need a boost. You can start with something like “I can” or “I am”, or something unique that works for you – if your goal was to find more humour or light-heartedness in each day, you could make it remembering a memory or moment that makes you laugh.
Make this whatever works for you, and keep it personal (try avoiding famous slogans or catchphrases unless they have a strong connection for you) – your words will empower you here.
It’s all about allowing that connection
I know it’s hard when you’re busy, but you have to try and find time for yourself if you want to connect with where you are and where you’re going.
This is probably the main reason that I love to work with the lunar cycle, as I can reflect back at steady, predictable intervals and track what I have worked towards and what I have conquered, and for all the discomfort of introspection, knowing that I have made progress feels great.
When you’re not used to prioritising yourself it can bring up all kinds of emotion – guilt, unworthiness,
Enjoy the workbook, I hope it helps you on your
Much love and gratitude,