Are you feelin’ it?! Have you got that clean slate, endless possibilities feeling?!

I do. Or, rather, I did. Well, I do. Oh, it’s so hard to explain. I’m feeling really good. Positive. Balanced. Clear. Focused. Calm. So, the vibes are all good.

Yes, this is the start of something good.

However, I feel a bit different than past New Years. I feel older. Like I’m coming from a deeper, wiser place.

I don’t feel like… “This is gonna be an amazing year!” Instead, I feel like it will be what it is. There will be good times and bad times, beautiful moments and gut-wrenching moments, and everything in between. And that is exactly how it should be. And I will let it unfold.

You see, somehow I have grown up. I adulted much more this past year. But, the result of all of that is the gift of experience. Of perspective and balance. Of finding the calm in the chaos. Of celebrating in the middle of the messiness. Of discovering the power of deep acceptance and the importance staying grounded. 

Now, these are all things I’ve known + believed in + worked on for about 8 years. But 2016 pushed me to live my beliefs. It was as if last year was an internship in all I have been evolving into since 2008. 

And with all of that, I have learned a great deal about living in the present moment. That, ultimately, it is what it is. And it is up to me to choose and decide how I live. That is the power + the hope that each one of us have.

So, in the beginning of this new year, I feel my soul guiding me to live the most authentic life possible. To me, that means taking all that I have experienced and learned, as I have evolved over the past few years, and really bringing it to life. It means practicing what I preach, embracing all of who I am and bringing my contemplative, bad ass nature to the forefront of my everyday life. 

How I intend do that + what that will look like for me is something that I am working on. Something that I will be uncovering and discovering with each passing day. I’m currently creating a mind map/vision board in my journal.. defining authenticity and how I want it to reveal itself in my life. Scribbling, doodling, pondering, actively creating. 

But, basically, I don’t feel is rushed. No pressure or need to do or be anything except for what what I feel that my soul guides me to feel or do or be. The focus is not on anything except living authentically and intentionally. Trusting my intuition + the magic of the universe. No rules, no pressure, no rush. But loads of discipline, energy, and groundedness. And much more trust in myself – who I am, how I do things, and consciously aligning the two. 

Let me give you an example. Normally, I feel excitement and pressure to create some sort of super inspiring post for the first day of the new year. As you can see, though, since you are reading this post on the 3rd day of the new year, I didn’t not do that. I started writing this post on January 1, but I also let the moments of the day just flow. I spent time with my family. Went outside. Wandered downtown Portland. Watched a movie. Drove to Connecticut. And just soaked it all up.

And I didn’t care at all that I didn’t finish a first day of the year blog post. I knew that I would do it as I did it. That it would be done when it would be done. That was my intention. I trusted it. And I trusted myself. 

Now, this is only part of what I mean by living authentically. I’ve got so much more to say about it all in upcoming posts. But, for now, I’ll just leave this as it is. 

As this 2017 begins to get rolling, I feel very relaxed and at peace. When I get home to Sweden in a few days, I have tons rituals, ideas, and plans that I am very much looking forward to adding into my everyday life. Practices to incorporate into my way of being + doing… all supporting my focus this year… living authentically. 

And that, my friends, is my word of the year: AUTHENTIC

I’m slowly journaling about it all, and as my thoughts and intentions begin to gel, I will keep reporting back here. I also have a few tips on how to keep your word of the active + alive. So stay tuned! 

In the meantime… I am sending you all to a of blessings, light, and love as you embark on your own new journey in 2017. May you be grounded + free, and may you also embrace all that you are, living authentically from your soul. 

xoxo. liz