The Birthday Ritual+10 Things

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“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
-Abraham Lincoln

Happy Birthday fellow Scorpios! This week I’m in the process of setting intentions -things I would like to have happen in my life between now and my next birthday. Self-care pro
Cheryl Richardson has a great little self-honoring ritual she does every year on her birthday as a powerful way to create a life with intention, and I’ve decided to give it a try. Here’s the ritual:

  1. Schedule at least an hour of uninterrupted alone time.

  2. Think carefully about the year ahead and the intentions you have for your family and self.
  3. Review the prior year’s intentions, and write about whether or not they came to pass and how they’ve affected your life.
  4. Set new intentions for the upcoming year, taking into account all areas of life. Your intentions might relate to your finances, your health, your career, spiritual growth, the dreams you keep putting off, or the areas of your life that need your attention for a while. Whatever type you set, keep them simple. What matters most is that they feel right to you. You’ll know this is the case when you look back over the list and think, “Yes! This is exactly what I need to focus on or what I’d like to have happen!” Make sure to choose intentions that you’re ready to put your time and energy behind. Setting intentions in and of itself is only one part of the process. Taking action to fulfill them is what inspires doors to open and pathways to clear.
  5. Finish the ritual by writing a letter to yourself, acknowledging how you’ve made a difference in your life and in the lives of others.

As Cheryl notes, it’s sad but true: Most people spend more time planning their vacations than their lives. If we don’t take the time to stop and consider where we’d like to be in a year, we may not like where we end up.

The beautiful, Micaela of Dolce Vita, was sweet to include me in her list of fabulous Sugar Doll bloggers and asked me to share 10 things about myself. I thought it’d be fun to make the 10 things about me, 10 things from my list of intentions. In no particular order…

1. Live in the now and appreciate where I am in life.

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2. Finally take that trip to the wine country.

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3. Take more photographs to document my life.

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4. Make those albums and scrapbooks I’ve kept pushing back to do later.

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5. Read one book per month from my reading wish list.

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6. Meditate everyday.

7. Take the time to practice yoga 3 times a week.

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8. Alkalize my diet.

9. Give.

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10. Remember that everything happens for a reason.

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  • Jessica

    This is a sweet reminder to look at the bigger picture in life. :-) Hope you have/had a wonderful birthday!

  • Cyma

    Great post, wish you a very Happy Birthday!

  • Jaime

    Nice post and happy birthday! Totally agree w/ #4- I have a scrapbook to make from my time abroad in 2006- I need to just do it already! Also #10 :)

  • Brandi

    I think your list is absolutely perfect. We should all remember such things. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful birthday week (they always do seem to go on for about a week, don't they?).

  • Brunch at Saks

    Love this post! Happy Bday! XOXO

  • Cassandra Marie

    Hey girl! Just wanted to let you know that I'm having a pretty little giveaway on my blog… just in case you wanted to enter!


  • Micaela

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY pretty friend!!!

    i am so glad little foot is home to be with you and help celebrate :)

    i loveee your list! thank-you for indulging me cos i loved reading these facts & the lovely images to go with them. #1, yes!!! my mantra.


  • ::levina::

    lovely post…makes me think about things ^_^.