Snow is a nuisance if you who plan to celebrate the New Year in high heels and a little black dress

… but for those of us who are staying home by the fire to make our vision boards, the snow lends a certain softness and dreaminess.

With the edges blurred, it’s a easier to envision possible futures.

You are going to need a few supplies for this project:

* a piece of poster board

* a glue stick (or two… I go through them pretty fast)

* scissors

* pens and markers (don’t use the dried out dregs.  Get some in colors that you actually like!)

* a cup of tea or a glass of wine… whatever turns this into your own private party.

For those of you who have been following along with the Joy posts, you have been sorting and sifting for the past few weeks.  You have been asking yourself what is the song of my heart?  And what makes each breath taste like fairy dust and chocolate stars? 

Or maybe you’ve stuck with less flowery prose and asked How do I want to live this one beautiful life?

Language can be elusive when our heart looks to the future.  Maybe you have just a word or two, or a color, or a feeling that you want to guide you as you move into 2013.

Maybe your secret heart knows exactly what you want, but because you can’t see how to get there, you are scared to admit to the wanting.

It is time to give your intentions, and hopes, and dreams, legs in the world.

Your head will want to lead in this.  It will want to choose a dream that is practical and achievable.  It doesn’t want yet another failed New Year’s resolution.

But we need to ask the head to hush; this is actually a job for the heart.

So get heart-centered.  If you don’t remember how, read about using rose to connect with your heart here.

Then pull out everything you have collected over the past few weeks, all words and pictures and poems and songs that have tugged on your heart strings, made you smile, made you feel settled and calm or elated and ready to fly.

Now is the time for discernment, for clearly saying: this, not that.

I find this easier if you divide your life into sections.  I usually come-up with 6.  These should be the 6 parts of your life that are most important to you.  My 6 might not be your 6, but usually somewhere in everybody’s 6 are relationships (friends, family, life partner), work, and home life.  Other things that you might include travel, exercise, leisure, creativity, and learning.

After you have your 6, spend little time thinking about where you are now.  What’s working?  What isn’t?

Then start looking through your collection of pictures and words.  Sort through and find what feels right.  This is where discernment is key.  If you are thinking about leisure activities and you have pulled out a picture of a woman ballroom dancing, ask yourself Do I want to dance? Or perhaps wear a gorgeous dress? Or maybe design the gorgeous dress? Or sleep with the woman in the gorgeous dress?  Or go watch a ballroom competition?

A picture can appeal to you for a lot of different reasons.  Dig in!  Find exactly what pulls you toward each photo or poem or word you have chosen.

Dream big!  No use in playing small.  This is not about what you think you can achieve.  This is about your heart’s greatest hope.  But be discerning:  do you really want the actual castle in Scotland or do you want it’s gorgeous formal garden or a house with worn stone walls?

Now the fun begins!  After you have worked through your 6 categories and sorted what you want for each, start collaging them onto your poster board.

Herbs to support your intentions:

* Sweetgrass is burned to call-in your intention and draw it toward you.

* Tulsi, also called, Holy Basil, sanctifies and brings in spirit. This is yummy as a tea.

* Sweet spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves warm our hearts and sooth our souls.  They are a fragrant reminder of our intention that can be left in bowls about the house (potpourri).

Hang your vision board where you will see it everyday.  Don’t over think it, just hold the images and words and colors in your heart.  You might find by next year that your board feels completed and you are ready to make another!

My final bit of New Year’s ritual: when I wake up on New Year’s Day, I make a list of everything I am grateful for from the year past.

And then I begin the year in the way in which I want it to continue:  with good food, or a walk in the woods, friends by the fire, or a good glass of wine. Use your imagination and walk forward with intention!

My friend, intuitive Gina Spriggs, also has some great advice for starting off the New Year right.  Check it out here.