Setting Goals For The Year Ahead When You Don't Have Any

setting goals for the year ahead
Are you on the road to somewhere?

New year, new beginnings, resolutions and intentions – setting goals for the year ahead.

For everyone making plans at this time of year, there are tons of diaries and planners available covering a variety of themes to help turn dreams into reality.

If you want to get somewhere or achieve something, those planners are designed for you to write everything down and check up on yourself every day / week / month.

Even I have created the Tarot Moon Journal workbook (in its 7th year!) for all tarot enthusiasts, who not only want to be more mindful about their aspirations, but also want to learn some new tarot skills along the way.

But perhaps you are thinking that this is not for you, because you don’t have any specific goals except survive and have some good times along the way.

For many people, 2019 turned out to be difficult and even traumatic at times, and if you are one of them, then perhaps all you want to do is pick yourself up and simply make the most of the cards you are going to be dealt with this year.

Yes, it’s perfectly okay not to have any goals.

Don’t worry about it. Just let all that hype go.

A better way is to tune into your growth mindset and set daily/weekly intentions together with small tasks that are achievable, so you can take mindful action to live your best life every day.

You can do a bit of soul work with your tarot cards to gain some perspective and direction.

Perspective is always good, especially when you feel you’re drifting and you don’t quite know what you want or where you’re heading.

Start off by calculating your year card (mine is Justice this year)

Then, work out your word for the year based on your year card (my word for this year is LEAP).

Check out Cosmic Faery’s Journal Workbook for creative tarot journaling ideas

Your personal power word will offer you a sense of purpose, direction and guidance over the next twelve months ahead.

Now you should have some idea of what you might want to focus on over the coming months, and you can continue to draw tarot cards for more specific ideas.

On the image below you can see a page from my Tarot Moon Journal, on which I have simply recorded the cards I drew for specific areas in my life:

tarot moon journal page
Tarot journaling for healing and personal growth…

These cards can give you a hint on what you may wish to aim for, but if not, then just leave them there and revisit the page from time to time to see, how the messages of the cards begin to unfold.

There’s no need for having any flashy goals in order to have a great year ahead.

If you have experienced loss, heartache, health issues or any other challenging situation, every little step towards recovery and healing will be a huge achievement.

Drawing a card and asking What can I do today to help me heal? can be an empowering way to make a positive difference without getting overwhelmed by elaborate or even out-of-reach goals.

Once you have made a start with your year card and personal power word for 2020, you may feel a little more in control of the direction you wish to take.

And having at least some control over your life is a good feeling. You can build on that with regular journaling as a personal development and healing tool.

If you would like to learn more about creative tarot journaling for healing and personal growth, then please check out my free resources.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Raise Your Vibes with A Gratitude Tarot Exploration

raise your vibes with a gratitude tarot exploration

Thanksgiving Day in the US is a gentle reminder for all of us around the world to pause and consciously appreciate all the goodness in our lives.

But perhaps you are one of those people, who cannot think of much to be grateful for right now.

You may have been experiencing a difficult time – relationship breakup, unemployment, poverty, illness, bereavement…

It’s easy to get cynical in such a situation. I know. 

A time of year so devoted to being grateful for what we have, can also painfully make us aware of what we have not, or what we have lost.

But I would like to invite you to be open to gratitude. 

Expressing your appreciation for even the simplest things that actually do go right in your life can help you create a shift in your perception to a higher vibrational level.

And why not use the Tarot to help you along? 

You can approach your Gratitude Tarot exploration in two ways:

1. Go through the whole deck and choose one thing for each card you are grateful for. 

2. Or just pick a few cards at random to explore what you can be grateful for at this moment in time.

Examples:

Wheel of Fortune – grateful for those lucky turn of events in my favour

Three of Pentacles – grateful for all the experience gained from working with fantastic people

King of Swords – grateful for having stopped all the emotional drama in my life once and for all

The Moon – grateful for the magic, mystery and imagination in my life

Two of Wands – grateful for new opportunities I’m excited about

Remember to make a note of them all in your journal (check out the Tarot Moon Journal).

Why don’t you give this gratitude tarot exploration a try and raise your vibes today.

Pick as many cards as you like, and perhaps you will even enjoy drawing a daily card to express your gratitude for something (or someone!) good in your life right now.

Special journaling prompt: 

What can I be grateful for in my life that money can’t buy?

Discover your hidden blessings with the Tarot!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane


How Curiosity Can Boost Your Happiness

how curiosity can boost your happiness
Curiosity killed the cat, and satisfaction brought it back.


“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”  

– George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Do fears, low self-esteem and other self-imposed restrictions hold you back?

Then you may be surprised to learn that developing and nurturing a curious mind can help you overcome these blocks and boost your happiness.

As children we had no inhibitions when it came to expressing our creativity or exploring unknown places.

But while growing up, we started to develop all kinds of insecurities and self-doubt, which have become so hard to shake off.

Curiosity is a surprisingly simple and useful tactic that will help you make some positive changes, and that’s why I included it in the Cosmic Journaling Oracle.

Next time you are fearful of something, be curious instead.

Explore despite your fears. Express yourself and be curious about where it leads you.

Invited to a party, where you don’t know anyone but the host?

Say yes, even if you fear awkward moments or lack confidence talking to people. Be curious about getting to know new folk.

Show off your art anyway, even if you fear criticism or rejection.

Be curious about what people have to say. Even ask them for feedback. Wouldn’t it be great to know what people think rather than making assumptions?

Be curious about different places to visit, different music, food, activities, even a different career.

Curiosity boosts your happiness as it creates excitement and the thrill of conquering fears and self-limitation.

Curiosity in the Cosmic Journaling Oracle asks you to replace any blocks you have with a sense of wonder and the open mind of an explorer.

Explore new opportunities and experiences.

Instead of No, say Yes. Why not?

When this card comes up in a reading, ask yourself:

  • When were you last curious about something? Did you ignore the feeling or embraced it to experience something new?
  • What do you need to be more curious about in your life? You could draw an additional card to find out.
  • How has curiosity affected you in childhood? How does it affect you as an adult?
  • Has curiosity at any time got you into danger? If yes, when and what’s the story? How was it resolved? What did you learn from it?

Likewise, when this card comes up in a “what not to do” position, you may want to avoid being nosey, e.g. meddle in other people’s issues that are none of your business.

And curiosity isn’t about being reckless, getting yourself into life danger or gamble all your life savings…

The Cosmic Journaling Oracle is now available as a digital edition together with a guidebook containing journaling sheets and other printable goodies. Learn more here.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane