Nothing about this process is supposed to be easy. If you aren’t shaking at the knees, you aren’t living yet. It’s a brand new year. Time to set goals and write resolutions. How about this for a resolution: I vow to wake up every day in 2015 and face something that scares the living crap out of me. Start with all the things you are afraid to let go of. Your money. Your status. Your comfort. Your control. Your carefully laid plans. The walls you’ve boxed yourself in with. Drop one and an undoing begins that can’t be stopped. Leave behind that worn out job and you’ll find yourself also leaving behind the belief that you have to be practical, realistic, or whatever other word you use to describe avoiding your dreams. In its place will arise a bold new vision of what your life can look like, what your purpose is, and how you can earn a living you desperately crave and richly deserve.
Pretend that now, at the start of 2015, you’ve been given “last call”. This is it, your last round. The bar will be closing in a year, the lights will go out, the music will stop playing. You have one last chance to enjoy this experience. What are you going to order? Chardonnay? I think not. Sidle up to the stool and ask for the fattest, juiciest, most outrageous concoction known to bartender-kind. You want olives. You want orange slices. You want cinnamon sticks and a celery rib for good measure. You want it all. At once.
With that crazy beverage in mind, and hand if you’re up for it, sit and rewrite your resolutions for 2015, beginning with that you won’t be dragging into the New Year with you. Here are a few inspirational suggestions.
In 2015 I will:
- Color outside the lines … on purpose
- Release inhibitions
- Lose my composure
- Live out loud
- Set up camp outside my comfort zone
- Forego complacency
- Move mountains by making them into molehills
- Find myself
- Lose my mind
- Invest in people instead of things
- Take uncalculated risks
- Not just break rules—obliterate them
- Love without condition (including all the wrong places)
- Dream big, and then dream bigger
- Follow my bliss … and my fear
- Find the courage to live authentically
I don’t know about you, but I find the hard jobs are a little bit easier with the right tools by our side. I have made it a point to gather and cultivate anything and everything that can help me look life in the face. My favorite tools, regardless of job, are crystals. I use crystals and stones to help me face just about anything. And I have long gotten over the fear that people might view me as the “weird girl with all the rocks”. I tuck them in my pockets. I strew them in my bath. I meditate with them, give massages with them, and yes … I talk to them. Occasionally, they talk back (I am a crystal reader after all). So, to help you face all your fears in 2015, here are a few crystals that will give you the exceptional courage you’ll need to have an exceptional year.
Both of these beautiful stones have the quiet strength that jasper is known for. While yellow jasper will help you get in touch with your “inner lioness” to project energy, red jasper will help you pull scattered energy back together to produce the momentum you need to make progress. Either way, you’ll feel the support of jasper under your feet as you begin to step into 2015.
Metallic and bold, these two choices will help you find the resources you need to go for it! Bronzite brings the kind of deep, empowering connection to earth energy that can put the brawn behind your brains. While pyrite’s golden glow fills you to overflowing with radiant energy. Whatever you need to move forward, either of these will help you find it.
These warming crystals will light your fire and ignite your passions in the New Year. Citrine brings a bounty of optimism and energy to the table, making it nearly impossible to hold back. And carnelian registers a little lower, challenging you at the same time that it pushes your creativity to new levels. Expect either to eradicate your fears.