2016 Jumps for JOY

01/05/2016

 
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Last year, when the idea of LIGHTbeamers came to me, the word LIGHT was so crystal clear. I could see it. I could hear it. I could smell it. I could taste it. I am not even kidding — it was a very intense vision unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before in my life (more about that here).

So when this year rolled around, I was just convinced I would have another Sugar Plum Fairy vision drop out of the sky and land in my lap; another gift tied up with a nice, neat, pretty little bow. Some messages from God are powerful and undeniable while others are faint whispers, you have to really listen and watch for them. As the New Year rolled around, I was still struggling to find my footing — trying to get clear direction on where did I want to go in 2016. Then I did the Reflections exercise which I wrote about yesterday.  I liken this to cleaning your house. Sometimes my bedroom looks like a bomb of jeans, sweaters, and boots exploded in there. But then, I clean the clutter — I put all those things away, back where they belong — then I can see my floor again. I can see the pathway from my bed to my bathroom. I can see the way I am supposed to go, rather than circumventing all the madness strewn across the room. 

If you want to get real clear on what your mind, heart, and soul is telling you (really, what GOD is telling you —) then you have to clear out your mind’s clutter. Clean that crap up! Put things away where they belong. Journal, write things down, voice-record your jumbled thoughts, whatever you have to do to get it out of the way. Then, you will see your path. 

I cleaned out my mind’s clutter and realized a word had been swirling around in there for some time. I’d heard it before. Heck, I had been saying the word all along: I want to seek the JOY in my life.  


2015 was a strange year. I intentionally took nearly a year off from any kind of work so I could gift myself with the time to write; to pursue this passion project called LIGHTbeamers. To have more time with my family; to be more involved with the kids; to do a few things I just had no time for otherwise. It was a great year in that regard. But in other ways, I got restless. I am a doer. I am a worker. I feel empowered when I am out there doing my thing — working and earning a living. I like to have a full plate and be productive. It’s the way I am wired.  Towards the end of the year, that restlessness caused me to really go into a tailspin. I am normally a happy, positive, "glass is half-full" kind of girl. But during this dark time, I let fear, worry and panic rule my days — 

“I’m never going to get work again” 

“I’ve let all of my contacts dry up. They aren’t calling me anymore for projects”

“I have nothing to show for my work — my portfolio is crap”

“We are going to go broke. We’ll have to sell the house”

“I am a loser.”


Anyone ever have these insane, stupid, crazy, total nonsense thoughts run through your head and you totally BELIEVE them? This, my friends, is clutter. You gotta clean this crap OUT! Take it to the garbage. It is not even worth bagging up for donation. 

I cleaned out the clutter, then JOY appeared.  She was there all along laying on my carpet underneath all the jeans, sweaters, and boots. 

Life is too short.  You don't have to look very far to find examples of time ticking away. Why waste one more minute living in fear, worry, and doubt?  
I am not going to allow myself to spend anymore time here. I want to explore the world with JOY by my side. 
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I’m linking arms with her and going to JUMP into 2016 with her. I am going to seek  & do JOYful things. I will base all of my decisions and moves by asking myself this simple question “Will it bring me JOY?” 

If you'd like to join me — here’s my plan:
Every day, I am going to journal and write down 5-6 ways JOY showed up with me that day. I’ve mapped this out — since I am starting on January 5 — by the end of the year, I will have compiled 2016 ways JOY was present in my daily life. 
Just thinking about the notebook of journal entries I will have by December 31 gets me so excited. I cannot wait to sit down on New Years Eve and reflect back on this year. There will be times that JOY will be crystal clear and obvious, while other times I am sure I will have to seek her out, find her hiding under some more clutter. But I will know she is there, and I am going to hunt her down daily. JOY is my friend and she is also yours. 

I will be sharing about this regularly in the LIGHTbeamers Community — so join me over there and let’s JUMP for JOY.  


JOYfully,
APRIL

 
 
If you’re going by the calendar, I am a little late for this post. After all, aren’t we supposed to have all of last year’s business tied up with a nice neat bow by December 31, and your road map for the New Year all laid out by January 1? Well, if that is you — then way to go! You are on the ball. That is not me. This has never been me. I rarely operate my life by what the Hallmark calendar says. For me, the New Year officially begins when my kids go back to school, the house is once again quiet, and I have a little “me time” to think. Everyone is different. Some of you are out there working a 9-5 jobs, returning to work when the kids go back to school. My point is, it doesn’t matter what the date on the calendar says — you simply start when you’re ready! No guilt. No shame. No ticking time watch telling you you’re late! 

So here it is January 4 and I am sitting down to reflect on what I learned, what I did well, where I missed the mark in 2015. And, I am looking forward and considering where it is exactly I want to go in the New Year. 

Natalia Levey of Healthy Intent inspired me to take time to consider my 2015 Reflections after posting her own on social media. It seems so simple, really, to first sit and take stock of all that transpired this past year before forging ahead into the new one. But how many times have you just sprinted into the new calendar year without first giving much consideration to all the lessons you learned over the past 12 months? If you’re like me — a bull ready to go! — you may have been too focused on the future to give much credence to the past. (This is SO me! Nostalgia is just not my thing). Inspired — I sat down to really consider what all I had accomplished this past year and, much to my surprise, realized I had checked off quiet a few amazing boxes. 
This was an amazing “energizer” for me. It really forced me to focus, seek clarity, and listen to my heart about what resonates within me — what matters to me. This is an amazing place to start when considering where you want to go from here — what goals and dreams do you want to put in place for the months ahead? Almost instantly, after completing this exercise, a flood of fresh, new ideas and visions rushed into my head — things I’d never considered before but suddenly made so much sense to me “Of course that’s what I should aim for in 2016. Duh!!” 

My challenge to you, if you have not already done something similar to this, is to sit down and really reflect back on your wins from 2015. It is not too late to give yourself a little credit, a pat on the back, for all you accomplished. It’s not so much about the recognition as it is the revelation. I can almost guarantee you it will fuel you and feed your soul for new opportunities, new paths, new directions in 2016. 

I’d love to hear your 2015 Reflections. Sharing is so powerful. It’s a release into the Universe that has undeniable affects. I wish you all nothing but positivity, opportunity, health, happiness, and LIGHT in 2016.  If you haven’t yet joined the LIGHTbeamers Community, please do so! There are such amazing souls with us over there, offering up great support, exuding electric energy, and shining lots and lots of LIGHT. I look forward to chatting with you in our group! 

Make 2016 Big & Bold. Remember, Intention is Everything! I believe in you! 

Cheers,
APRIL



 

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