Out With The Old And Go Painting

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”  – Alfred Tennyson

It’s now 2013 and I couldn’t be happier!  I’m sad to see 2012 go, just like my daughter was last night, because it was such a great year.  It had its rough moments, downright difficult moments, but they were just moments.  Overall, the year was joyous!!  I had amazing experiences, great adventures, and I was surrounded by the people I love – who could ask for anything more? The fireworks shown brightly!

Fireworks light up Sydney harbour, Australia, during New Year celebrations

And now 2013 is going to be even better.  I wish for you the same thing.  My wish for you is to try new things, push yourself, change yourself.  And at the same time you’ll be changing the world around you.  My wish for you is to do things that you have never done before.  My wish for you is to not freeze, stop, worry that you can’t do something good, that you’re not good enough.  Who cares!  Don’t let fear get the best of you.  Nothing is perfect, no one is ever good enough, just do something!  Make mistakes, because you’re human!

Give this some thought.  Think about all the things that you wanted to accomplish in 2012 and what held you back. Then think about the brand new canvas that awaits you this year.  Imagine being a painter and painting the life you want.  Go Picasso! Paint your canvas!


I’m going to share something with you, which was shared with me by a wonderful woman, and friend Claudia.  She does this every year, and I did this last year, to ring in 2012.  Now granted, I didn’t do it to its fullest, and this exercise was already powerful, but this year I will.

From Claudia:

A great way to ring in the new. I’ve shared it with a few friends who’ve loved doing it, so I want to share it with you. As the saying goes, “Well begun is half done”, so I suggest you do this either on New Year’s eve or New Year’s day to get 2013 off to a wonderful start:

Start with a 10 – 15 minute meditation in which you set your attention on releasing the old and opening to the new.

On a piece of paper, hand write a list of all the things in 2012 that you’d like to let go of. This can include old patterns that don’t serve you, grudges or resentments you’re hanging on to, fears that hold you back, or circumstances that you’d like to change. It can also include not-useful habits such as eating too much sugar or not exercising. Make sure your list is as complete as possible with everything that didn’t work for you in 2012. My list is usually a few pages. If it’s easy for you to burn the list, then you can do that. If not, you can tear the list up in many pieces. As you release this list, imagine letting go of the energies that are represented on your list.

Now, on to creation. Make a list of all that you wish to create for yourself in 2013. Include the habits you’d like to embrace, the external circumstances you’d like to create, and the internal experiences you’d like to have (joy, freedom, ease, love, peace, acceptance of all that is, etc). Be as specific as possible. Read the list out loud (whether you’re alone or with others). Speaking it out adds more energy to it. Feel each item as though it’s actually happened.

Put the list in a special place, as a symbolic offering for your coming year.

Notice how you feel after doing this ritual. I always feel cleansed, lighter, renewed, and excited about what’s ahead.


To all of you, I wish you a fabulous year ahead!!



2 thoughts on “Out With The Old And Go Painting

  1. What a wonderful positive message for 2013. Most messages are a combination of things to stop or start. This one is as it should be. A time for new beginnings!! Thank you!

  2. I do agree that this is a time of year that many decide its the right moment to start things of right with change. What I don’t understand is this, there’s another 364 days in a year to start things fresh. Why is it always a need to wait for a certain time or date to start things. I started readjusting at the beginning of December and have found out I am so much ahead of this game of ill start in the new year. Starting things and pinning a date such as the New Year is just the lazy way of saying I want to continue doing things wrong then make changes.
    If changes have to be made in a individuals life there is no better time than I’m going to make the changes now no matter what the date is.
    Talk to me in mid February which is usually the time when all new year resolutions are broken or have been left to rot by the waist side.
    Changes are made by positive thinking and moving forward from there not a certain date of the year. For the next two weeks every time I hear someone say its the new year and I have made changes. My first question will be , is there a reason why u didn’t start Dec. first or for that fact Oct. first. I’m going to sit back and listen to the logic of the answer.
    In the meantime I’ll talk to u in February.


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