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Envisioning a New Year with SHE RECOVERS

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Written by Kim Westlake

In 2018 I attended a clearing ceremony in Mexico led by a shamanic healer who asked us to envision everything that has happened to us up until that moment, our childhoods, life events, traumas etc., as energy (neither good or bad) filling a large bowl.

Then she asked us to visualize allowing that energy, the old stuck thoughts, emotions and baggage we no longer wanted, flowing out of the bowl to create new space for what we wanted to invite into our lives.

This was the first time I had attended a ceremony like this and I asked one of the other women who had attended the previous year: “What was your experience?” Without hesitation, she responded: “Everything has come to fruition and even more than I asked for. The power of setting an intention and allowing the universe to deliver has been astounding!” I too experienced a similar outcome the following year.

Good news! There are lots of ways to create space in our lives to allow new energy to flow in. Reflecting, reading, journaling, walking in the woods, cleaning closets, group or individual work, meditation, ceremony, counselling and coaching are just a few ways.


7 Steps to help you Envision a New Year:

1. Reflect on what you want to let go of

Create space to reflect not just the past year, but the past decade.  More data is better. What negative thoughts, behaviours, feelings and beliefs no longer serve you?  What would you benefit from letting go of?

2. Challenge your “stories”

We’re pretty good at identifying symptoms and often neglect to deep deeper into the root cause of the behaviour.  If this is just too painful, try connecting with a counsellor, therapist, coach or another professional who can support you to uncover what you want to let go of.

3. Envision your future

What do you really want to change this year?  To envision and create action plans I suggest using the SMART criteria.

    • Specific - what exactly do you want?  What does it look like, feel like?

    • Measurable - quantify outcomes to track the success

    • Assignable or Achievable - who will accomplish the task or goal?

    • Realistic - envision a realistically achievable goal...for example, you might not become a millionaire, but you may become wealthy in many other achievable areas.

    • Time-bound - setting a timeline to achieve your intentions or goals increases motivation and accountability

4. Write it down

Writing our intentions down allows our brains to process things at a higher level.  To move beyond what we want to let go of and explore solutions and new thought processes.  8 Powerful Benefits of Writing Things Down.

5. Let go of outcomes

Outcomes are not always in our control and when we get rigid, we can experience disappointment.  When we let go, different pathways open and allow space for bigger, better and more things to appear.  To learn more about letting go of outcomes check out ZEN Habits.

6. Accountability

What has worked for you in the past when you’ve achieved a goal successfully?  What works for you to stay on track? Writing down our goals works for some of us and connecting with a trusted other, coach, or support group can help empower us to achieve our goals.

7. Celebrate and share your successes

Don’t wait for 2021 to reflect and share your stories!  Sharing your challenges, experiences and successes offers support, inspiration, empowerment and hope to others.

Join the conversation and start envisioning your new year on Saturday, January 18 at the SHE RECOVERS Sharing Circles!

Times & Location:

Saturday, January 18, 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Avalon Women's Centre North Shore

Saturday, January 18, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Avalon Women's Centre White Rock

SHE RECOVERS Coach Kim Westlake

Kim Westlake is a Certified Life & Recovery Coach and SHE RECOVERS Coach and facilitates the monthly circles. 

Each month at our SHE RECOVERS Sharing Circles Sea to Sky Group we focus on a different topic that supports building recovery capital and resilience in our lives.

For more information or to join us, please visit Sea to Sky Coaching or contact Kim at

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