A time for Preparation creates awareness, flow, and ease. January should be the month we prepare for the coming year. Too many of us try to cram preparing for the new year in the last few weeks of December. By the end of January, we are disappointed, burnt out, shocked that things has not gone as expected. And we react or fail to act throughout the year because we were unprepared.
But the end of the year should be the time we take to be and reflect. And do nothing as we ponder the New Year and work through the post-holiday blues.
I once envied people who were always prepared. I have lost opportunities, time, and money failing to prepare. But I figured it out. Taking time for Preparation is not about control or having everything together. It goes beyond that, and here is how.
A time for Preparation
When we take time for preparation, it takes us from being reactive, assuming, lost, settling for anything, et cetera, to being ready. We place ourselves in a position of power, strength, intentions, and readiness.
Taking time for preparation does not mean everything will go our way. And does not dictate how things will turn out. And it does not mean we seek control of every situation. Instead, it means “to make ready.”
Preparation is defined as "the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration."
In 2022 I learned to take time for Preparation. It is what happens before the beginning—it is not the beginning. But it is the things we do before we attempt to begin. It gives us the awareness and confidence to control the things we can, accept the things we have no control over, and let go of everything else.
It releases us from having expectations of a thing or person. We trust, become present, embrace uncertainty, and walk into the unknown with faith, open-mindedness, and heart.
What can you expect this month on the site?
We will continue the “Places to dine this month in NYC” series and Winter activities in New York City. I will dive into the four books I choose to take on my journey through 2023, and we are working on some changes for the website. So stay tuned for this and so much more.
Happy New Year, my Dahlings. This year I send you blessings for always being ready. Of trusting and faith. The ability to move through Life with flow and ease. Understanding of things you have control over and having the awareness to let go of the things out of your control.
Blessings to embrace uncertainty even when it scares you and to be open to the unknown—it could be the most beautiful thing ever. And to put aside your ego, expectations, and all you know and have learned. Instead, embrace life with humbleness, openness, love, and being present. And a reminder to choose to be Kind.