Love Starters: 3 ways to start your year from LOVE vs FEAR

 In Self Love, Wisdom Blog, Year Ends and New Years

I am a big believer in the phenomenon that how you begin your year is how you will live your year. And as I recently learned from my acupuncturist Dr. Feng, there is an ancient Chinese proverb that says the exact same thing. That is powerful medicine. Think about it, how you decide to step into these first few weeks of January says a lot about the energy you will walk with the remaining 11 months.

To get into the spirit of how I want to begin a new year, I like to imagine myself wearing a new pair of shoes that fits who I want to BE that year, and then see myself walk through the days of the calendar month by month wearing those shoes.

For 2011, wearing red velvet, heeled, rounded toe, 1930s looking beauties, I had a radical thought for how to step into this coming year:  “What if I I made a conscious choice to choose LOVE instead of FEAR, in every moment of every day? Like literally input a new decision making tree into myself, so that when fear showed up, I could turn the channel and find my way to happy place vs scary place… what would happen?”

Now I’m not talking about living without fear, because I think that it’s natural to feel fear in today’s world. I am talking about amping up awareness of fear so keenly that you could see it and smell it as soon as it arrives, and then using all of your self-love and feminine super power muscles, make the choice to move through it to find the truth, to find love for yourself.

So I’ve put on my red velvets and turned this question into a 40-day self-love practice called “See past the fear into the love.” While I don’t know how this will all turn out, I do know that in the past 5 days since I started this walk, I am happier, more peaceful and feeling more loved than ever before.

Some of the benefits I’ve already experienced include:

  • The ability to ignore the voices of “You better have a plan. What are your goals for 2011? What do you mean you don’t know yet?”
  • The ability to enjoy the fact by January 31st I will have clarity on my stake for 2011… and I’m loving being in the not-knowing and discovering in the meantime. Journaling, reading, listening, meditating.
  • I am taking naps. When I feel tired, instead of pressuring myself to have it all figured out, I go to sleep. Usually I wake up with some really great insight.
  • I have turned the constant churn of my mind off, the mind that is always generating a new idea or angle about how to solve, create or find the answer to what to do. My mind is clear and I am learning to listen with my body.
  • I’ve created less work and more impact – enough said.

This is all one big experiment, and as I learn, I promise to share with you. For now, I share with you 3 of the self-love guidelines my practice of “See past the fear into the love” has given me for starting out the year. I call them Love Starters, because they support you to start your 2011 from LOVE not FEAR, and in today’s crazy world, we can all use the support!

1.  Revise Your Timeline to have 2011 “Figured out.”

FEAR: “Rush, rush, move into action! You must know what you are going to do, accomplish, where you going in 2011, now!”

LOVE: “Give yourself the month of January to REVEAL what this year desires to GIVE YOU, vs you being the one to make it all happen. You will be delighted and surprised, promise.”

If Rome wasn’t built in a day, why the heck would you try to figure out your entire year in a week? The entire month of January according to the Native American tradition is called the ‘dream time.’ Think about it. The northern hemisphere of the earth is frozen, things are still. We humans would be well served to be still too. The value of the stillness of January is that in the silence we can tune into our Inner Wisdom and see possibilities for our year that we couldn’t if we were busy moving into full action. Give yourself full permission to take the pressure off of having to figure it out all of 2011 now (or ignoring it completely). Do like the groundhog does, come out on Feb 2nd with your grand 2011 statements and desires.

2. Let Your Body Tell You What It Needs 

: “You have to fit into a bathing suit in a few months you know… all that sugar, fat and alcohol you consumed is sitting right on your hips… work out 7 days a week, diet, and refrain from eating anything and everything that you enjoy, it’s what you have to do to get back in shape.”

LOVE: “What you consumed over the holidays is the past, it’s irrelevant to today… and the truth is that while you probably did indulge, you enjoyed yourself! Now your body wants something different. Listen to what she needs, LOVE her in to the shape she wants. And give her some time to get there. Being healthy and fit sounds way better than dieting!”

The tabloids and slew of diet-focused emails you receive in January would have you believing that if you don’t drop 5lbs by Jan 31, you are doomed. Did you know that it’s a normal winter activity for your body to put on a few extra lbs to keep you warm? Give your temple a chance, she will shed what she doesn’t need, if you listen. Maybe it’s a cleanse or pulling back on sugar. Drop the militant approach and the focus on all the ‘bad’ choices you made to get here… focus on listening to where your body wants to go from here.

3. Relax, don’t do it.  Slow down.

FEAR:The party is over! Holidays are done. Time to get back to work. Look, you are already behind! Better speed it up.”

LOVE: “Slow down, there is no where to speed off too. Practice being present. Enjoy the stillness. Pay attention to clearing out clutter – in your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Slowing down now will help you go faster later.”

While your achievement junkie and doing addict may be pulling your arm and pushing you from behind to get a move on it, to propel yourself into action, your Inner Wisdom knows that January, the dreaming time, is a time of stillness, replenishment and clearing. This is the time for inner movement not outer movement. So concentrate your energy on things that bring you internal clarity, that clear your physical and emotional bodies and that replenish you. I for one have been enjoying my naps! The more you can slow down, the more you will be able to hear the wisdom, and fuel up for the work ahead.

BONUS LOVE STARTER:  Pick your pair of shoes for 2011 – what and how will you walk through 2011? And if you really want to turn up the self love, go out and buy them! Or find a picture of them and put them where you can see them.

I really encourage you to give yourself the month of January to clear out and listen for what is upcoming in your year. To give yourself the gift of self-love by taking care of the most important partner you will ever have in this lifetime – you.

I understand the pressure to have it all figured out, to move into action, to get that body back in shape today, I notice it all around me, and sometimes, more than I would like it to, it does creep in and catch hold of my emotions, my mind and my spirit. Which is why I chose this 40-day self love practice of seeing beyond the fear into the love. The moment I feel myself moving into rush mode, feeling anxiety about not having my entire calendar planned, or faced with another 15 hour day… I am committed to stopping, noticing my own fear, and seeing past it to love.

I’ve already found answers, some I have shared here with you. And I know there will be more.
I look forward to celebrating February 13, the international day of self-love, with you so that we can all celebrate the gift of love we chose to st
art our year with.

For more information on the international day of self love, visit last year’s site  New information will be posted in mid January. For now you can download last year’s Madly in Love with ME self-love guidebook… full of lots of self love dares and fun adventures!


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  • Riley Roam

    Great post, Christine. Thank you! I love to find a pair of red velvet shoes like that. They sound Yummy!

  • Amy

    I vowed to start letting my heart and desires lead me and not to chart my path with logic.

  • Linda R. Jones

    Thank you for writing this Christine. I needed this message this morning in a big way. Frankly I almost didn’t open it because I thought it might be a teaser wrapped around a marketing plan. But, to the contrary your message felt personally directed to me and you offered it as a gift with no expectation in return, just sharing yourself from the overflow. I am just realizing that it filled an important need for connection that was too often missing for me this year, as the holidays felt quite lonely in the wake of family dynamics and losses. Self love/nurturing is my core issue and one I sometimes still find hard to give to myself. That is where the need for connection might come in, I’m realizing as I write this…having someone to reflect back to me who I am when I can’t see it by myself. That, and the need for encouragement. So, sweetie, you did both this morning. I love that you are on this self love journey pretty early in your life and am grateful for your having shared a leg of that journey with me this morning. Blessings Christine for who you are, what you are doing and on your willingness to share it. I am confident that you will swim in abundance this year. If you can feel the heart to heart connection between us you will know that is true as well. oo Linda

  • maura ryan

    I like what your saying and I’m actually feeling in that slowing down place. I’m taking naps and time to be still and listen to the peace around me. It’s reassuring and affirming to hear that I can actually take a whole month to contemplate on what I want for 2011 in my life. I guess I’m already in that process so I’m off to a good start. My body naturally wants to rest. Thank you.

  • Myolene

    thanks for your insights Christine -they are really soothing to my soul today. Thanks for putting this out there..
    Myolene xo Australia

  • Angi

    I am so glad I received your email about your blog. I finally feel like I am moving to a place of learning to love and accept ME. I love your kind words and uplifting insight that helps me feel like it is easier to move forward. My heart feels lighter and my eyes feel softer. I am excited to remember what it is like to love again and to release the fear that I have been too afraid of to let go.
    Thanks Christine!
    Washington State

  • Susan, Morrisville, Pa

    Christine – I really enjoy reading your columns. This is a great reminder of what i have started this year too. I have a funky cool pair of shoes that I have only worn once…I like how I feel when I wear them, and I am going to get them out of the closet and put then where I can see them to inspire me and keep me on track! thx

  • Diane

    Thank you Christine. I’m feeling all encouraged for this year and I’m going to take your advice and put it into practice. Simple and yet powerful suggestions. Thank you so much for your sharing your wisdom with us all to help us all fall in love with ourselves.
    happylady nz

  • Tricia

    This information has been fantastic for me! I’ve been taking my New Year planning slowly and now I had someone verify what I was doing!
    2011 will be fabulous and I will make a point of spending it with wonderful influences.

  • Tall Art Girl

    I LOVE the idea of cherishing January as a month of stillness.
    A month to simmer in the juices of love, patience, peace and possibilites.
    A month to simply cherish as the beginning of a joyful, creative and productive year without pressure.
    A month to meditate and be open to what God and Life want to offer me.
    Beautiful. Thank you.

  • Doris E. Andersen

    Thank you so much for giving me a jump start on the best year yet.

  • Melanie Hill

    Christine, I love this. Unbridled and self compassionate.

  • Nicole Scott

    This is just what the doctor ordered!! Christine, thank you so much for these inspiring words. It’s the 10th of January and I currently have no plan for 2011 – nothing that I have “planned” has worked out as thought and I feel as if God and the universe is saying – whoa nelly – slow down, cause we have some good stuff in store for you. Only, we will reveal it to you when it’s time – on our time not yours!! So I’m gland to feel as if it’s OK for me to not fear, but to take this entire month, to see what good things and love is coming my way in 2011!!!
    Blessings & Much Love

  • Julie Hedlund

    I cried when I read this post. January is always so stressful for me because both of my kids have birthdays. This year I’m running a huge reading program that kicked off this week, we have company coming, I’m starting a writing mentorship, my 40th looms and blah, blah, blah.
    I’ve been slave-driving myself, living by my to-do list and making myself miserable in the process. I have, here and there, thought about what you said at Rancho this summer about the winter solstice time being about rest and rejuvenation, but I just didn’t think it possible.
    Starting right now, I am going to give myself permission to put all of my resolutions and goals off until February 1st. I will challenge myself to let go and rest (since I’m feeling so run down and weak – not a great way to begin). I’ll try to listen to myself and my body and see what comes.
    THANK YOU for the reminder. I so needed it!

  • Christine Arylo

    Julie – Remembering our conversation at Rancho La Puerta and KNOWING that you will find that place of peace inside of you even through all the movement taking place around you. And keep me posted on what the universe brings for you on feb 1st – you know its one of the 7 super power days of the year!

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