A letter from the editor: January
I make space for persistent joy + happiness. I practice presence + gratitude as a survival tactic.
It's been a hot minute since my last letter because LIFE. The fourth quarter of 2017 presented some interesting challenges causing this season of "sitting with" + surveying. Coinciding with the start of the new year, I have been giving thought + energy to the intentions I want to set for the year ahead. Inspired by color psychology, the work of Octavia Butler, Lil Kim + the creative design for my NYE outfit visioned by Mycall Akeem Riley + handmade by Kenya Sherron. The electric green fully captured the mood of my life's current season. Refreshing a tradition of recent years, I collected words, phrases, + images that provide guiding principles for my mood, energy + intentions in 2018.
2018 energy + mood board:
🌿 fresh energy
🌿 liberating change
🌿 balance + equilibrium
🌿 reclaiming safety + space
🌿 recreating home = sanctuary
this season, energetically, I am green. the last quarter of 2017 leading into this year, has been a process of shedding + regenerating. a letting go of things, physical + metaphysical, to make space for myself. I let go. I let go. I let go. I make space for new beginnings, new growth + new life.
I am a Spring season in the midst of our winter. the energy is healing, fertile for growth, renewal + rebirth. my focus for the beginning of the year is transforming my physical space. I bring life back to my plants, recreate a sanctuary of my home + reclaim safety + space.
I tend to the gardens of my heart, engaging fully in a process and personal work of healing. I create intimacy with my wounds, calling my most authentic + courageous self forward. I bring life back to my spirit + energy. I nourish + water the things I want to grow. I spend time nurturing the relationships that are important to me + continue to edit, weed out + remove ppl, energies, connections, + things that are dead or no longer serve + feed me--and that I am no longer able to serve + feed. I practice fierce + consistent self-love. That self-love is the foundation of transformative love in all of my relationships. I cultivate, give + receive healthy, life-giving love.
I practice shedding old ways of thinking + being. I let go of insecurities, emotional trauma + hurt daily. I free myself of anger + resentment. I make space for persistent joy + happiness. I practice presence + gratitude as a survival tactic. I align with my purpose + move with intention. I am grounded, affirmed + at home in myself. I lean into my growth areas and intentionally improve in communication + presence. I stretch myself. I supportively challenge myself. I grow myself. I big myself up. I continue to step into myself, my vision + my voice. I will not shrink for the comfort of others. I stand firmly in my BIGNESS.
I share my time, space + energy with people, projects + things that cultivate forward motion/progress with + for me. I manifest mental clarity, emotional calmness + insight. I create stability + endurance. I manifest abundance in my limitlessness. I am abundant with fresh energy, opportunities + resources. I create prosperity with my gifts + talents. I engage in the process of regenerating + liberating change. I am SUPERCHARGED + create a thriving emotional, physical + mental habitat.
I create. I destroy. I learn. I discover. I become. I shape. I adapt. I invent my own reasons for being.
this is my 2018 mood + energy. and that's word to me. like word to my momma.
In this season, will you make space for setting intentions for the year? What are the energies, moods + vision that will guide you? Can you invite more green energy into your year? Can you grow more into your BIGNESS? Hit me up with love + your intentions: firstname.lastname@example.org.