The end of 2016 is here, and what better time to reflect on the past year. Today during yoga class, our teacher told us to take inventory of our year without judgment, without labeling as good or bad. I encourage my readers to do the same. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and reflect. Don’t label; just acknowledge and feel. When you stumble on something that is weighing you down, commit to leaving it behind in 2016, and let it go. Don’t bring what doesn’t serve your higher purpose into the new year. You have the power to choose your thoughts and to choose your perception of the events in your life. Find the silver lining throughout the difficult times of 2016 and focus on what you learned, your growth. If you are experiencing a setback, then search for the meaning in it and create your plan to move forward.

Our teacher today also had us make an intention for the year of 2017. One word, although, I chose two being the overachiever that I am. I couldn’t decide between the two, so I stayed with both. Repeat that intention to yourself every day. I intend to _________. Or, I am ___________. Write it down and carry it with you. Put it on your calendar. Set is as a daily alert on your phone to remind you to live your intention. Truly commit to cultivating that intention throughout 2017. Write it on a post-it and stick it to your bathroom mirror. Use a magnet to hang it on your refrigerator. If you spend a lot of time in your car, stick your intention inside your car. Hang it up at work.

I challenge you to reflect on 2016, without judgment, find the silver lining and opportunities for growth, and leave behind what doesn’t serve you. If you need to forgive, then forgive. If you need to tell someone you love them, tell them. If you want a clean slate, clean it. I challenge you to set an intention and live and cultivate your intention in 2017.

As 2016 ends and I bid it farewell, I do it fondly, with gratitude. I welcome 2017 as I commit to living my yoga practice, creating my life with joy and abundance, respecting my journey, and living with intention.

Happy New Year!