Shaking Up Your New Year’s Resolutions

We’re in the first days of 2016. Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? My truth is that I don’t make resolutions.  I think of them much the same way Mark Twain did…

New Year’s Day–Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

January 1 is a prime time to be looking at all the ways you want life to be different.  The Christmas holiday, while joyful, also shines a spotlight (or maybe a harsh, bright interrogation light) over the things that aren’t the way you wish they were.   So as the calendar turns from one year to the next, we each make promises to ourselves about how we are going to be different this year.

But those New Year’s resolutions often fall apart as you move forward into the new year because you have a desire for change but not the supporting structures to make it happen.

transformationThis year, I’m inviting you to join me in a different journey. If you’re really ready this year to create change for yourself, I have a plan and I hope you’ll be a part of it.

Every week this year, I’m going to share something you can action for yourself to create change. Some of those activities will be short and sweet one-time activities.  Some will be things to build into your daily routine so that you’re building solid change slowly into your daily life. My promise to you is that a year from now you will experience your life completely differently.  You will have the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of self and of self-love. You will have the opportunity to regain a sense of balance in life.

All you have to do to participate is make sure you’re on the list to receive Notes from Rachel. If you didn’t arrive at this post by way of an email, you can get on the list here (and grab a copy of my Everyday Self-Love ecourse free while you’re there – a great way to get started in this journey).

Let’s get started today with this week’s activity.

Write a ‘Dear Rachel’ Letter

While a Dear John letter is synonymous with breaking up with someone by letter, a Dear Rachel letter is all about writing a love letter from your future self to your present day self. And writing a Dear Rachel letter is today’s activity.

Choose a nice pen and a great piece of stationary. Or open a new file on your computer. Whatever works.  Start your letter like this:

January 1, 2017

Dear Rachel,

I am so happy and excited that…

And then let your imagination soar.  What is your future self so happy and excited about? What do you want to acknowledge about the situation or outlook your past self had?  What did you do to transform from your past situation into your present happy and excited self. And don’t forget to elaborate on the details as you imagine them to be.

Writing a letter like this is a powerful experience. It helps you to create and tap into a vision of what is possible and what you most desire right now. It also gives you space to imagine what you might need to do, be open for, or experience in the coming year to make your vision possible.  This begins to build both intention and structure for transformation.

Once you’re done, I’d love to know about your experience. You can share what came up for you over on my Facebook page. You can even share your letter if you like.  I would also like to invite you to share your letter with me personally.  You can email it to me at  If you do, I promise to send your letter back to you on January 1, 2017 so you can see how much of your Dear Rachel letter has come to be.

Need a little inspiration? Check out my Dear Rachel letter here.

That’s it for this week. To continue with me on this journey of self-transformation, make sure you’re on the list. I’ll share more again next week.

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