## 3 Personal Year: A Year of Fun + Creativity

A Personal Year Cycle is a nine-year-long cycle. Depending on where you are in your cycle, your Personal Year Number could be a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or a 9. After 9, you’ll cycle back to 1 again. Each Personal Year Number has different qualities to it. Once you become familiar with the defining qualities of each of the numbers 1 – 9 you can begin to apply the core elements of the numbers everywhere they show up, including the various cycles you experience.

Also note that the Personal Year Cycle runs from January 1 – December 31—not from birthday to birthday, even though I find that the energy related to your Personal Year intensifies around your birthday.

Having knowledge of the number of the Personal Year that you’re in will help you establish a framework for your activities that responds to the basic energy of that number. Knowing your Personal Year Number will offer you shortcuts for making decisions that can make your life easier, more productive, and ultimately happier.

At the very least, knowing your Personal Year Number in a given year offers you an overarching idea about the arena you’ll be engaged with during that specific year. I like to associate it with “knowing the theme to your party!”  The great thing about knowing where you are in your Personal Year Cycle is that you can forecast and allow yourself to work with the energy of the year rather than against it. Know your theme and you’ll find that you have much more success throughout the year. Or at least you’ll be able to extract deeper meaning about why things are happening they way they’re happening.

#### Calculate the Personal Year

EXAMPLE:

Take the date of birth: July 22, 1988

Use only the MONTH and DAY:

July is 7:  7

Day is 22: 2 + 2 = 4

Then use the CURRENT YEAR.

2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10;  1 + 0 = 1

Now add the month, day, and current year together.

7 + 4 + 1 = 12 and then 1 + 2 =  3

In this example, you’re experiencing a 3 Personal Year.

#### 3 Personal Year

This is a year for anything and everything self-improvement related. It’s all about fun, creativity, and tapping into your expressive emotions. Take center stage. Enroll in a public speaking class or make over your image. This is your year to be out there, enhancing all aspects of your sense of creative self-expression.

Understand that this can also be a year where you’ll be challenged to work on expressing your emotions clearly and effectively, so you’ll be offered plenty of opportunities to practice this feat. Ultimately the lesson of the year resides in finding your joy, developing and acting upon your creativity, and speaking your truth.  Speaking your truth may sound well and good, yet this is a time where you’ll be faced with the deeper quandaries surrounding this very question.  What do you value?  What do you believe?  What is important to you?

You also might wrestle with some unexpected emotional highs and lows, so take it as it comes and know you can’t go wrong when you tap into your authentic feelings.  This is a time where you can catapult into fame if you’ve been working in that direction.  This can be with anything communication or performance related, from producing your “album,” to publishing your book, to launching your on-line course.  If you’re an actor, musician, or any other performative artist, the energy of the year supports moving forward in a positive direction when you take yourself and your talents seriously.

Focus on the nuts-and-bolts of expanding your project and you will be supported with “luck” and opportunity.  If you’re not an artist, this is the time to use any kind of creativity in your personal and work life.  Tap into your creative problem-solving.  You might be surprised at the positive results when you take a risk and bring to light some element of yourself that steps outside the lines in the creative realm.  How can you use your creativity and communication skills to transform into the next level in your life?  What kind of self-improvement do you want and need?  How can you express yourself and your emotions in a healthy and dynamic way?

Be careful not to scatter your energies and spread yourself too thin. Also watch your words. This is a time to be overly mindful of how and why you express yourself on all levels.  The 3 Personal Year is meant for fun, socializing, travel, and all lighter and joyful activities.  It’s a year where time with children is highlighted.  Lighten up!

#### Benefits of the 3 Personal Year

• You’ll feel creative, communicative, and ready to get yourself “out there.”
• You’ll feel lighter and fun loving.
• You’ll feel the impulse to shake things up.
• You’ll have the opportunity to tap into your sense of joy.
• You’ll feel expansive, as though you have a lot to give to yourself and to the world.

#### Challenges during the 3 Personal Year

• Be aware that you’ll feel scattered with all the creative energies around you. Make sure to focus on specific goals and actions or you’ll feel like a spinning top.
• Protect yourself from bouts of depression or self-doubt by being aware that those emotions are key players this year. Recognize the signs so you can move through them effectively.
• Be prepared for defaulting into sarcasm, criticism, or emotional paralysis when you are feeling overwhelmed.