1 Personal Year
4 Personal Month
I’m sure you’ve caught the holiday spirit and would rather take a few extra days off this month to enjoy all the festivities. And yet the energy of the month brings a bit of concerted effort and some tension into play. You might have to pry a little lightness out of your December this year given that it’s a month guided by the hard-working and structure-seeking number 4.
The energy of the month brings a bit of concerted effort and some tension into play.
You’re winding down from the beginning of a whole new cycle—a whole new nine-year cycle—and I daresay it’s had some strenuous moments, eh? This has been a year of new beginnings, embracing and identifying your independence and individuality while simultaneously blazing a new trail in your life. If you haven’t been actively involved in something new, chances are you’re feeling downright depressed or displaced right about now. Yet I’m hoping you’ve felt the calling and have moved forward with verve and self-confidence, leaving old and outworn “stuff” from your life in the compost pile. This is a great time to look in the rear view mirror and see how far you’ve come from the first of the year until now.
December presents opportunities for closing out the year with a solid and systematic plan for the New Year. The focus is on consistency—including some hard work and locking in some foundations that will take you to the next level of your life—whether in your professional or personal realms (or both). Even though there may be office parties, kids’ activities, and all kinds of social demands, you might find that you opt out of a few of these in order to finish a project, finalize that file or complete the application for your new small business license. You’ll feel compelled to do what it takes to get the work done because you know that the positive results will outweigh the temporary drudgery. You’ll benefit from making a final push to get some important things set up properly before the start of the New Year. This is the last month of your year of new beginnings and I daresay there will be a need for a final push to the finish line. You can wait until 2018 to get a slight amount of downtime. Yet you have to keep actively making things happen right now.
This is a great time to look in the rear view mirror and see how far you’ve come from the first of the year until now.
Also know that you might come face-to-face with a few emotional A-bombs during the holidays, whether they show up internally or if they demand an external response. And although this is the truth regardless of what Personal Year one might currently be experiencing, this might have some added intensity for you this time around. December offers opportunities to deal with some family issues and what a “better” time than during the holidays to chew on that old story, right? Time to do what you can to clear some of that outgrown family flotsam and jetsam and move into next year with a renewed sense of yourself.
Sometimes these “eureka!” moments present themselves as coming to terms with people or situations that have been the source of pain, anger or whatever other emotional weight they have brought to you over the years. And you might find that you finally can simply detach from the emotional reaction and decide to continue within the same dynamic. Or you can decide that you want to detach or distance in a more visceral and tangible way by perhaps not participating in the same way or limiting the way in which you engage. Whatever form it takes, December will present a few of these opportunities for you to make some decisions about how to engage or how to disengage.
Remember what you’ve “planted” this year is what you are tending to within this next eight years of your nine year Personal Year Cycle.
This is a great month to write down a punch-list of goals you want to achieve as you move forward. It’s prime time to contemplate what you’ve put into place this year and what you want to see come to fruition in the coming year and beyond. Remember what you’ve “planted” this year is what you are tending to within this next eight years of your nine year Personal Year Cycle. Make sure that the files are complete, the contracts are in place, and the details have been dealt with thoroughly.
Next year is a slower moving year. Don’t be surprised when you feel as though you’re walking through a vat of tar starting January 1. It’s a time to step back, slow down, and extend some loving energy toward other people in your life. It’s a year to develop patience. The rewards can be wonderfully satisfying when you take the time to focus on your relationships with others and also with developing healthy emotional boundaries. It’s also going to serve you well when you get out and network, socialize, and involve yourself in activities that you enjoy either personally or professionally. You may find that some of the contacts you make are the conduit for your ongoing success in the coming years. You may also find that you recalibrate your intimate relationship or meet up with “the one.” And that won’t happen when you’re overly focused on work and always on the go, go, go. Slow down. Take your time. Next year is going to be all about listening to your intuition and embracing the idea of “divine timing.”