I never used to do themes for the New Year. For most of my life, I was more of a goals-kinda-gal — I would put together my goals and a plan in January … and then not look at either again until December. (Although I wouldn’t recommend this approach, oddly enough this worked better than you would think — I suspect the sheer act of writing down the goals was the secret.)
But last year I was encouraged to create a theme for the year, which I did. My theme was Abundance — Abundance in all things: money, time, creativity, projects, resources, etc.
And it worked out better than I expected. So, I decided to do it again this year.
Now, full disclosure, I wanted Abundance again. I had every intention of choosing Abundance for 2015. In fact, if I was fully honest, I think I wanted to choose abundance EVERY year (what better theme than Abundance?)
Well, my Inner Wisdom had other ideas.
And what kept coming up for me was Play/Fun.
This was super scary for me. Always, always, ALWAYS I had some sort of financial goal or plan (or, in the case of 2014, theme). How could I choose a theme that not only wasn’t financially focused but actually felt like the exact opposite of attracting money into my life?
Wouldn’t that mean the money flow would shut down?
Alas, much to my money fears chagrin, they were no match for my Inner Wisdom this time around. (Sadly, I must admit that money fears won more often than lost over my Inner Wisdom.) But in this case, my Inner Wisdom insisted. My money fears clucked their tongue and shook their heads and informed me I was making a big mistake.
And Play/Fun became 2015 theme.
So what does Play/Fun mean to me? It means putting a high value on playing and having fun, taking time to do activities I really enjoy and have somehow fallen out of my life (like dog training), creating time and space to be creative…
(This is the really big one)…
NOT making the decision I’m going to “work really hard for X time period until I accomplished Y.”
I think every year I made a decision I was going to “work really hard — nights, weekends, etc. — until I accomplished Y and then I would take oodles of time off to play and have fun.”
(As you’ve probably figured out by now, the “taking time off” part never happened.)
And my Inner Child decided she was done. She’d had enough of these broken promises. She got my Inner Wisdom on her side, and together they informed me they were no longer going to wait for some unspecified period of time and murky goal until they could have fun and play.
They were doing it NOW.
(Needless to say, the “grown up money worriers” didn’t have a chance.)
I have a lot more to say on this Play/Fun theme as the year goes on, so stay tuned.
Until next time.