Posted on 2/2/14

NewBeginnings Gayla 03KENTUCKY (1/18/14) - Happy New Year everybody!

2013 brought some difficult times and life lessons that I needed to learn. Some of these lessons were difficult as I was going through them. However, looking back I am glad I went through it and came away more wise. Yes, last year was challenging and at one point I took a break from my writing. Now I am back and will be posting a new article every three weeks, starting now.

This is the time of year where the festivities of the holidays are behind us and we have high hopes that this year will be better than the last one. Winter is here to stay for a while and long holiday weekends from work are months away. During these times, the “winter blues” can set in because everything is cold and dreary. However, this year I want things to be different for you. I want to introduce you to something new and exciting. This, in my opinion, is better than a New Year’s resolution. This is a New Year’s cleanse.

What is a New Year’s cleanse you ask? I will get to that in a moment, but first I want to explain the symbolic meaning of winter. If you are a person who finds winter depressing, this may help you out a bit.

According to, symbolically, winter is a time for reflection. During the wintertime, everything dies or goes within itself for growth and renewal. Winter is a time for the Earth to cleanse and purge itself of the old in preparation for the upcoming spring.

Since the Earth is renewing itself, why can’t we do the same?

Is there anything you would like to purge from your life for 2014?

Are there past wounds you’d like to let go of? Or, maybe stale relationships that are not good for you anymore?

Do you have bad habits, like procrastination, that you have been carrying with you that are not allowing you to live to your fullest potential that you would like to release?

If any of your answers were yes, try this New Year’s cleanse.

New Year’s Cleanse

1.    Write down EVERYTHING you want to remove from your life. Examples would be things like negative ways of thinking, past wounds or stale relationships.
2.    Take the papers that you wrote on and either tear them in shreds or burn them. NOTE: If you choose to burn them, do it SAFELY.
3.    As you watch the papers land in the trash or burn into ashes, know that it is over. You can repeat a phrase like, “it is finished”, for more affirmation.

This exercise is so simple, yet it is a powerful way to start your New Year off to a great start. If some of your life events/struggles are deeply rooted, seek outside help like a church group, pastor, self-help books, life coach or counselor. My anxiety was deeply rooted and I couldn’t have overcome this without the outside help I received from my life coach.

Wishing you a year full of blessings and richness!


“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”
                        G. K. Chesterton


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