14 Exciting New Ways to Kickoff 2014!

Happy New Year!!!! Welcome to the year 2014. Another year that will be filled with greatness. As I was looking over my last year, I discovered how many firsts were completed. How many dreams were manifested. I can’t help but be grateful for what’s come to me and excited for all coming this next year.

Its time for us to keep Breaking The Shell and continue steping out of the comfort zone. Expand the horizons. Check things off the bucket list. Get adventurous. Manifest your dream life. Yolo right?

Here are 14 things you can do to Kickoff 2014:


1. Make A Vision Board
Get out all those magazines, glue sticks, and scissors and start scrapping your visions for the year. You can host or go to a party or put on some Super Soul Sunday and make it on your own. Go through the magazines and cut out any pictures and words that make you feel good and represent things you want to happen for you. Paste them on a poster board to hang up somewhere you can see it everyday. Vision boards are amazing ways to get a representation of what’s currently on your mind and an even more amazing way to feel and stay motivated through out the year. Why settling with just a cut out on the fridge when you can have a whole poster of things that brighten your day.

2. Plan a Retreat
Whether it’s for a month, a week, a weekend, or just one night, I want you to plan a retreat that you want to go on this year. Plan it as a family trip, a friends weekend away, or a private getaway for just you. We can all agree that vacations are relaxing and something we all need. Pick a place you’ve always wanted to go with events you’ve always wanted to try. Figure out travel arrangements, where you will stay, your itinerary for the time you will be there, everything from beginning to end. The one thing I don’t want you to do is think about the cost or how unrealistic the trip is. It doesn’t matter if you ever end up going on the trip or not but the idea is to put your dreams into the universe. Who knows, maybe you’ll realize how doable you retreat really is, or maybe someway, somehow it will manifest into your life on it’s own.

3. Start a New Class
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make cakes like a cake boss? Paint like Picasso? Act like Brad Pitt? Or simply just try Bikram Yoga? Think of something you’ve always wanted to try and sign up for a class. Take a baking class, sign up for salsa, join a meditation group, or get a month pass for an exercise class. 90% of the work to starting a new routine is just starting. Not only is this a good way to scratch a goal off the bucket list but it’s also a great way to get out of the house and meet new friends.

4. Try a New Restaurant
Drive down the street and see if there is any place that you never eaten at before. And if you haven’t had that type of food, even better. If you live in a small town and have tried every place, then drive to the next city and see what comes up there. We get so used to going to the same places over and over that we may be missing out on the little gem right in front of our noses. Another good idea is to try a new item on the menu. Start expanding your horizons.

5. Just Drive
Take a solo drive and just drive. Find the road less traveled and see where it takes you. We all have navigation on our phones or in our cars these days so don’t worry about getting lost. Just drive, listen to fun music, and use the time alone to dream.

6. Write a handwritten letter to a friend
And send it to them. Don’t you love getting mail that isn’t a bill. Especially when it’s unexpected. How long has been since you’ve actually handwritten letter? Get out some pretty stationary, write something awesome for someone you care about, even better if it’s someone you don’t get to speak to often, and send it this weekend. Put some glitter in the envelope too 🙂 Glitter always makes people smile.

7. Splurge on a new outfit.
Don’t wait until you reach your goal weight. Buy a new outfit NOW! Splurge on some new shoes that you like or a new dress/suit. Why wait? The future never comes so feel good now!!!  And if there’s something you want that is really out of your range, take a picture of it and put it on your vision board.

8. Put the Phone Down.
Isn’t it awkward these days now when you go out and all you see are people on there phones. I can easily admit that I can be that person. I have been working on becoming more aware and putting my phone down often but let’s plan to REALLY start living in the real world instead of the virtual world in our hands. When you go out to eat, everyone leave your phone in the car. When you’re at home, leave your phone in the room. When you’re in the elevator, TALK to the person in there with you. As great as technology is and the availability of information and communication, ironically it’s enabled us to communicate less face to face. Regain that connection with your fellow humans by becoming present! Maybe even choose to spend one day a week without your phone all day. No matter how much you think you need it, for work, emails, emergencies etc…..remember there used to be a time when we didn’t have cell phones. There’s always a way to figure it out!

9. Carry Your Camera Around
And no not your phone camera. Start bringing your point and shoot or your DSLR with you and take some pictures. Capture memories. Get creative. Take pictures of the places you go, the people you’re with, colors and patterns you see, and NOT the food you eat. Trust me you’ll be so happy you’ll have these memories later in life. Get them printed and hang them on your wall  or make a canvas for a friend.

10. Have a Game Night
Nothing is better then having some friends over and playing some games. You can even go back to childhood and have a Connect Four Tournament or Battle Ship wars. Just have fun, laugh, and feel like a kid again.

11. Trade Recipes
Who doesn’t like being able to make new foods. Get a small group of 7 friends and trade new easy recipes with each other. Write your favorite receipe down on 7 different note cards and pass them out to your friends while they pass theirs to you. By the end of the exchange, you’ll have a weeks worth of new ideas to try.

12. Sit in Silence
Whether in your room or on top on  a hillside somewhere, just sit in silence. Close your eyes or keep them open. Listen to the sounds around you, feel the energy in your body, smell the scent of the air. Listen to the thoughts in your head. Just breathe and appreciate the life that you live

13. Clean Up

Go through your closet, your garage, your junk drawers and get rid of anything you don’t need or don’t use. If you haven’t used it in this last year (and know you wont this next year) then get rid of it. If you know you won’t ever have a yard sale just take everything to the Good Will. Get it out your house and give it away. Not only is that clearing the clutter in your place, but it’s clearing the clutter in your brain. You will FEEL more energized because you will free up the energy you spent always “thinking” you needed to get rid of it. JUST START!

Life is too short to worry about anything else but being happy. Smile…it’s contagious. Smile at a stranger, smile at your family, smile at your friends, look in the mirror and smile at yourself. Smile at your face, your body, your soul. No matter how you were feeling before, I promise, all it takes is a smile to raise your energy level even if just a little.



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