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Why You Should Set Set Quarterly (Not Yearly!) Resolutions In 2023

It’s a new year, according to the Gregorian calendar, and celebrated as such by most people around the world. But energetically speaking, January doesn’t feel all that new to me. Here’s what I’m picking up.

Energy report January 2023: The month might start out a bit sluggish.

Mercury went retrograde December 29, and it brings that energy with it into the new year until January 18. The same goes for Mars, which went retrograde in October and stays there until January 12. Now, I’m not an astrologer, but I mention that because when I tune into the energy of January, I’m feeling the retrograde vibes!

What do I mean by that? I mean that the first couple of weeks feel like a mix of sluggish and confusing, often associated with planetary retrogrades. A little like when you wake up from a nap before you’re ready and you can’t quite get into the present moment–it feels cloudy with a chance of misunderstanding.

My recommendation in the first couple weeks of January is to allow yourself to slow down.

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Trust your intuition as January unfolds.

I know this is the time of New Year’s resolutions, but if you aren’t feeling clear or excited about them yet, it’s OK to wait.

For instance, I’ve been planning on putting together a group program about trusting your intuition for my community, and part of me is so excited about the ideas I have! But my body wants to rest, and I strongly feel the energy of slowing down.

Is it frustrating? Yes. But I know it would be even more frustrating to push ahead and be met with obstacles. (Also, what kind of intuition teacher would I be if I ignored this insight?)

That’s the thing about your intuition; when you listen to it, it saves you trouble in the long term. So, I recommend using this time to really feel into what you want to create over the next few months, and when you get that intuition hit to act on it, things will flow much easier than if you had pushed ahead earlier.

And on the topic of resolutions overall: I suggest quarterly versus yearly goals. Our inner child can get overwhelmed by the idea of a yearlong goal. Have you ever told a child to think about something being a year in the distance? Their eyes probably glaze over, or they feel like it will never happen. The same is true with your inner child. It’s not a concept they want to (or can) grasp.

I’m not saying you can’t want something to still be true a year from now, but if you think about the steps it takes to get it in a more short-term way, then it can feel more doable.

Things pick up toward the end of the month and then get easier.

As we enter the third week of January, the energy feels spiky until around Saturday, January 21. This could be a time when you feel quicker to anger or more sensitive in general. But you always have your power, no matter what is going on energetically. Can one time period be more challenging? For sure. But it’s also an opportunity to learn new skills or practice old ones, in order to deal with it.

The last week feels much easier to me. It would be a great time to come back to those intentions or resolutions and start to take some action toward them.

Tools to try this month.

One way to stay in your power this month is to take some deep breaths and remind yourself to pause before you act. It could be that you’re interpreting circumstances differently than they were intended, or you are merged with your inner child.

When taking mindful breaths, you align with your inner adult. Then, validate your inner child’s feelings while letting them know that you, the adult, are there to keep them safe.

Try the 4-7-8 breathing exercise, developed by Andrew Weil, M.D., when you get anxious or feel an urgency to push ahead even though your intuition is telling you to pause.

If you feel like you want to make resolutions but it’s not the time to map out how you’re going to do it, or even exactly what you want to do, jot down any ideas that come to you on your phone or a small notepad throughout the day. Then, when you feel more in the flow (maybe the last week of January!), come back to it and see if you’re ready to take action.

The takeaway.

The first third of the month feels cloudy and a bit against the flow. Use some practices that allow you to slow down and connect to your wise, inner adult. The last week is much more open energetically and a great time to start on your new intentions.

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