Clear Your Beliefs – An Audio Exercise
13Mar 2019
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Henry Ford said, “If you believe you can, or if you believe you can’t — you’re probably right.”

Our BELIEFS control our thoughts, decisions, behaviors — and ultimately, our destiny.

And one of the most commonly asked questions we get at Lifebook is, “How do I get rid of a bad belief?!”

If you’re ready to examine your own beliefs more deeply, break the limiting patterns that are holding you back, and start consciously creating your own reality, then we have just the exercise for you…

Clear Your Limiting Beliefs with Dr. Lion Goodman, is a 30-minute audio program that will help you examine the negative beliefs that may be impacting your health, your body, and your ability to achieve your health and fitness goals.

The fantastic news is, you’re not stuck with those old limiting beliefs — you can delete them from your operating system. You can get an upgrade!

Click here to download the audio (click “more” button below player, and then “Download File”).

In this audio program, Dr. Lion Goodman helps you to identify and reprogram the limiting beliefs that may be impacting your health, your body, and your ability to achieve your health and fitness goals.

Because in order to achieve all that we desire in life, we must first believe that it’s possible.

Here’s to consciously creating your reality and achieving your most important goals!

– Jon and Missy Butcher
Lifebook Founders
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12 Sacred Choices – A Daily Habit Tracking System
13Mar 2019
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Jon and Missy here, with another life-changing Lifebook Loves!

Today we’re here to share our favorite life-development technique EVER.

We call it our “12 Sacred Choices,” and it consists of tracking the 12 most important habits in our lives, each and every day.

Gaining control over your habits is so incredibly important when it comes to designing and living an extraordinary life.

Your habits shape your life and define you as a human being. You ARE what you continuously DO.

This tool makes it easy, automatic and almost effortless to step into your life vision each and every day. And now you can try it out for yourself!

Click here to download your copy of our simple habit chart and start tracking your habits today.

Below we’ve listed some powerful examples of daily habits to help inspire you as you come up with your own list. We recommend choosing the 12 most important habits you want to cultivate, but if you choose to do less or more, that’s perfectly fine too!

We truly believe that this one concept, applied correctly, will do more for you than any other strategy you’ll ever encounter.

We hope you enjoy! :)

-Jon and Missy Butcher

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SAMPLE DAILY HABITS

Get at least 8 hours of sleep

Wake up early

Exercise for 30 minutes

Drink green smoothie

Meditate for 20 minutes

Avoid [alcohol, sugar, gluten, etc]

Gratitude ritual

Do something thoughtful for your partner

Play with your children

Practice deep breathing

Journal

Make art

Make love

Stretch

Drink half of body weight in ounces

Spend time in nature

Limit screen time

Visualization exercises

Work on your Lifebook

Take supplements

Cook family dinner

Keep house clean

Daily financial check-in

Read a book

Invest time/energy in a passion project

Call or text a friend

Prayer / Devotion / Spiritual ritual

The Second Brain: How Your Gut Influences Your Entire Body
05Mar 2019
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Written and shared by Lifebook Member and health and nutrition expert, Jason Moore

GUT INTELLIGENCE

You know those “gut feelings” you get (the ones you ignore most of the time)?

And those “pits in your stomach” you get when you’re under stress (the ones you let stop you most of the time)?

Yeah, me too.

You may not realize it, but you actually have a second brain in your gut (also known as the enteric nervous system) which actually has a lot more to do with your feelings, performance, and experience in life than the brain located within the six inches between your ears does.

The enteric nervous system, which is sometimes considered part of the autonomic nervous system and sometimes considered totally independent, also governs the function of the gastrointestinal system (your digestion and elimination).

Here’s why that’s important…

Digestion and elimination problems are at the root cause of all symptoms of all disease. More…

16 Life-Changing Books to Read if You Want to Improve Your Health and Fitness in 2019
25Feb 2019
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Have you ever read a health and fitness book that absolutely changed your life, and revolutionized how you relate to your body?

Well, get ready! This article is full of books that will positively impact your health and fitness for years to come.

Here are a few of our all-time favorite reads in the areas of health, wellness, fitness and body awareness.

We hope you enjoy.

(And please do share your own personal favorite health and fitness books with us in the comments!)

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The Antidote to Envy
05Feb 2019
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Written by Lifebook Member Dr. Joel Wade, Ph.D.

One step in building a better quality of life is dealing with what gets in the way for us. Envy can be a huge barrier to success, and mastering this particular emotion can open doors that we’ve padlocked on ourselves with its devastating premise.

Envy is an ugly emotion with awful effects. Most religious and spiritual teachings warn of it, the dangers are well known, yet envy persists as a powerful destructive force. It isn’t about having very little, we aren’t particularly unhappy when we have very little; but we do become very unhappy, depressed, and bitter when we dwell on having less than our neighbor.

But there is an antidote to envy: empathy, and the effective redirection of our initial impulses. It can also help to more fully understand this destructive and bitter emotion.

Envy de-humanizes the person envied. When we envy another person, we are not seeing that person for who they are, we are seeing them for what they have. It breeds malevolence; when we envy, we are not happy for the success of our neighbor, we are resentful of it.

Envy serves to diminish our capacity for empathy, and this lack of empathy makes it possible for people to do horrible things to one another.

It also reinforces a self image of helplessness and impotence. Envy implies disbelief in ourselves; it presupposes that we don’t feel we can create the wealth, the relationships, the values that we see in others, and this helplessness can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, limiting our ability to work toward what we would like to create in our lives.

But, like any negative emotion, by catching ourselves and understanding what we’re feeling, we can redirect our actions in a way that works much better for us.

Envy is, initially, an impulse; a reaction to perceptions. But that’s not where the danger lies. We’ve probably all felt at least a twinge of envy as an emotion at some point in our lives. It becomes dangerous only when we hang on to it, indulge it, and feed it.

We are full of somewhat automatic emotional reactions. Malcolm Gladwell has written in Blink how people who think of themselves as free of racist sentiment – himself included – have been shown to have an involuntary emotional reaction to people who look different from themselves.

But this reaction tells us nothing about racism. It is a vestige of our long tribal past, when “different” likely meant violent conflict and mortal danger. We see “different,” and there is a reflexive moment of alert. But research has shown that in less than 4 minutes, if there is no attention drawn to such physical differences, if there is more in common through work or fun or some other activity, the emotional impact of racial differences disappears entirely.

The first reaction is biological, the second is consciously human.

Of course there are plenty of people who make it a practice to continually draw attention to racial differences, and this is what perpetuates racism as a cultural force. The same goes for envy. It’s not unusual to see something that someone else has and desire it – as an impulse.

But the important thing, the question that fuels much of the drama of life because it cuts to the core of our conscious values and convictions, is what do we do with that initial impulse?

Do we hang onto it, indulge it, and follow it? Or do we take that impulse and transform it into useful action – in the case of envy, thinking of how we might earn the money to buy what we’d like, or use it to recognize something we may value, something we may admire in another person, and seek to develop those qualities in ourselves?

When I was playing water polo as a young man, there were moments when I was stricken with a wave of envy fighting for my position on the team. There could only be one starting goalkeeper, and once in awhile if I was behind I would catch myself feeling resentment toward the fellow I was vying with for that spot – who was also a very good friend.

That friendship (along with the fact that I knew better) was a godsend, because it kept a human connection, so it always brought me back very quickly from indulging in envy and refocusing on the task at hand: To play my very best, regardless of the circumstances.

We all want things. There’s nothing wrong with wanting things, it’s part of our nature; and to the degree that this desire spurs us on to be creative and productive, it can be a great force for good.

But when we see other people with the things that we want, whether it be tangible items like a nice car or home, or less tangible accomplishments like a career or a triumph or a happy life, then another element can invite itself in to our experience: A focus on the thing desired, and a weakening of the perception of the holder of that thing as human.

We also can be oblivious to what it took them to achieve what they have, which is another part of empathy.

Is there something that you want in your life? What do you need to do to earn that? Channel your desire into active, benevolent behavior that has integrity with your conscious values, principles, and priorities.

If you find yourself coveting what somebody else has, catch yourself, and remind yourself that envy is a passive, helpless stance. Think about what they must have done to get where they are, and see if you can find a way to earn what they have that you are drawn to.

If you find yourself enjoying somebody else’s loss, catch yourself, and remind yourself that nothing good can come of following that impulse, and open yourself to doing whatever your best is, while appreciating the best that others bring.

We have lots of feelings and impulses, and part of the challenge of life is mastering those feelings and impulses, and directing the expression of them toward what we value consciously. We can’t often choose our impulses, but we can choose whether and how we express them. That choice is the foundation of self-ownership and genuine happiness.

Just because we feel angry doesn’t mean that we have to strike somebody; just because we’re afraid doesn’t mean that we have to cower; just because we hurt doesn’t mean that we have to withdraw.

…and just because we like what somebody else has doesn’t mean that we have to indulge in envy.

There’s the key… time to open those doors.

About Dr. Joel Wade

Joel F. Wade, Ph.D. is the author of The Virtue of Happiness and Mastering Happiness. He is a marriage and family therapist and Life Coach who works with people around the world via phone and Skype. You can get a FREE Learning Optimism E-Course if you sign up at his website, www.drjoelwade.com, or visit his free Mastering Happiness Podcast

11 Habits That Have Been Changing My Life Lately
22Jan 2019
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Wanna know some simple little habits that have absolutely changed my life this year?

There are 11 of them, and I recently realized that since implementing these habits, my life has blossomed in ways I honestly couldn’t have even dreamed of just one year ago.

I feel more alive, more powerful, more clear and at peace with my life than ever before — and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt what has created this newfound sense of empowerment and abundance … and it all comes down to my daily habits.

You may notice that just about every one of these habits centers around the theme of self-care.

Well, that’s because I believe that self-care is sacred. It’s a spiritual act that protects and regenerates our precious power. And it’s usually the first thing that falls by the wayside when life gets busy or tough (which is precisely when we need it the most).

So these are the small daily actions that truly feed my soul. They make my personal field of energy and way of being SO BIG, SO TRUE and SO POWERFUL that no external circumstance (no matter how overwhelming or threatening it may seem) can throw me off balance (not without my permission anyway).

THESE ARE MY KEYS TO ABUNDANT LIVING, PASSIONATE CREATIVITY, AND DAILY FULFILLMENT.

Here are 11 habits that have completely changed my life this year:

1. Taking CBD

The most impactful habit I’ve implemented in 2018 has to be taking CBD daily. CBD has changed my life (and my husband’s life) in countless ways. From the more obvious benefits of curing inflammatory issues and chronic ear infections, to the more subtle benefits of elevated mood and thinking, heightened meditative states, and just generally feeling happier and more at ease… I believe that CBD has helped us literally raise our vibrational frequencies and start attracting the energies we truly desire in our lives.

When I say that I believe CBD is a miracle medicine, I mean it — not only for its ability to miraculously heal countless physical ailments (oftentimes regardless of what has been tried in the past), but also for its ability to multiply the miracles we seem to attract into our lives on a daily basis. This is obviously a very personal opinion and I’m sure not everyone will agree… but then again, this is my own list of life-changing habits :). And I put CBD at the very top. I highly recommend CBD to anyone who has been looking for a solution to anxiety, depression, inflammation and just about any other physical ailment (obviously listen to your own body, and check with your doctor if need be). You can learn more about it here if you’re interested.

2. Meditating Every Morning and Afternoon

Meditation would have gone at the very top of my list, except that it’s not really a new habit… it’s something I’ve been practicing for a few years now. However, this is the first year that I’ve fully committed to a daily meditation practice, and it has changed my life is unimaginable ways. The wonderful thing about meditation is that, while the benefits may seem subtle at first, they are tangible and far-reaching. They effect every area of our lives, because they put us in touch with the very core of who we are.

I meditate twice a day — for 15-20 minutes in the morning, and 15-20 minutes in the afternoon (three times if you count my 10-minute savasana at the end of yoga) — usually just after taking my dose of CBD, and it is the single most powerful practice in my life. I will say, that morning meditations are so much harder for me, but when I do them, they make my afternoon meditations simply divine. Each time we sit down and commit to getting present with ourselves, it compounds the effects later on. So even if you don’t feel like anything is happening, stick with it! The whole-life benefits are tangible and profound, even if they only feel very subtle at first.

3. Drinking a Gallon of Water

One day, a few months ago, I woke up and felt incredibly dehydrated. My whole body felt brittle and achy, my skin was drier than usual, and I didn’t feel like I was operating at my optimal level physically. I decided to up my water intake, and committed to drinking around a gallon everyday for a week. For me, this looks like 4-5 full water bottles a day (each bottle is 25 ounces). After just one day I couldn’t believe how much better I felt when I woke up the next morning. After a week, my skin was more beautiful than ever before, and I had an abundance of energy. It made such a huge, tangible difference that I stuck with it and have been drinking almost a gallon of water every single day. I’ve always been pretty good about staying hydrated, and water is the only thing I ever drink anyway… but being intentional about drinking a specific amount of water each day has been truly life changing.

4. Reading at Night

My husband and I love TV. He studied film in college and has been making movies since he could hold a camera, and his love for cinema has spread through our entire family. But for me, there is a noticeable difference in the quality of my energy when I watch TV before bed at night vs when I read a book. Either way I’m lying down and relaxing, but I’m using my brain completely differently (not to mention staring at a screen that’s sending blue light signals to my brain, which has been proven to throw our body rhythms completely off balance). Watching TV generally leaves me feeling like I’m wide awake and in need of true rest, whereas reading leaves me feeling genuinely rested and delightfully sleepy (not to mention inspired!).

5. Spending Time in Nature Every Single Day

If you haven’t heard the benefits of the simple practice of Earthing, I highly recommend you check it out. After I deepened my research on the subject this summer, I made it a daily habit to get outside and walk / lay directly on the Earth with my bare skin for 5-15 minutes a couple times a day. And WOW I cannot believe the difference such a simple practice makes! Even on the most tense and draining days, there is nothing more powerful to bring me back to a palpable sense of wellbeing and homeostasis in my body than making contact with the Earth (especially if I’ve been staring at a screen for hours). Try it today, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

6. Conscious Movement

This habit isn’t new — but it’s one that I simply couldn’t imagine life without. Every single day, in one form or another, I connect with my body consciously. For me, the act of dropping out of my head and into my body space is deeply healing. Some days I need a linear approach, like yoga or running, and others I need more of an intuitive, body-led approach, so I dance freely. Sometimes I just stretch and breath consciously.

I find that how I’m moving in exercise is so similar to how I’m moving through life at any given time. The days I don’t move at all, I literally feel stuck. The days I have a beautiful, connected yoga or dance practice are filled with more magic, wonder, gratitude and abundance. And vice versa, if I feel stuck, all I have to do is move, and listen, and watch where it takes me. Conscious movement is my way of attuning myself (in body, mind and spirit) to the frequencies of the reality I truly want. And I’ll tell you… IT WORKS!

7. Doing Less

Here’s a powerful one that so many of us struggle with. Simplicity is something we all seem to yearn for, yet the act of simplifying feels arduous. Because to be simple costs what we have. You have to be willing to let go, and that’s something many of us struggle with. We hold on so tightly to our ideas about how things should be done, or the fact that they need to be done at all. I’m amazed at how seemingly effortless life becomes the moment we decide to value simplicity over complexity, and truly apply it to our daily life.

Everyday I look at my list of tasks and ask myself if there is a simpler, more joyful way that I can integrate them into the flow of my day (sometimes this means deleting them from my list completely!). There is always a better solution… we just have to be willing to loosen our grip and truly believe that it’s possible to live life more effortlessly, enjoyably, easily. This is a gift that only we can give ourselves.

8. No Phone in the Bedroom

This is such a simple thing, but for me it’s made a big difference. Somehow I had fallen into the habit of using my phone (and social media in particular) as my morning wake up tool. My alarm would go off, and my motivation for getting up would be consuming information on the internet for the first few minutes of my waking time. It was actually the health of my eyes that initially compelled me to stop looking at a bright screen in my dark room first thing upon waking, but I couldn’t believe the positive mental-emotional-energetic effects that followed.

It turns out that, when I look to my screen to consume information first thing upon waking, I am unconsciously cultivating a state-of-being that’s distracted, chaotic, and overwhelmed, before I’ve even gotten out of bed to start my day! When I wake without my phone, I can pay attention to my thoughts, my energy and the physical sensations of my body, and direct them toward the state of being I consciously want to create… one of gratitude, wellbeing, positivity, tranquility, and a sense of receptivity toward my day to come.

9. Visualizing

Along the same lines as above, this habit is all about consciously cultivating the state of being I want to exist within. I realize that every thought and feeling I have has a vibrational frequency, and is literally like casting a vote for a reality I am choosing (whether I’m choosing it consciously or unconsciously, it doesn’t matter), so it’s crucial that I choose my reality consciously. The simple act of spending a few minutes a day visualizing the outcome I will create in any specific circumstance, or a few minutes just before bed visualizing how tomorrow is going to feel emotionally to me is LIFE CHANGING in ways that simply cannot be expressed.

We are so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. We place limitations on what we believe is possible. It’s like when Alice in Wonderland says, “You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magic solution to their problems, yet everyone refuses to believe in magic.” We are MAGICAL beings who have the power to create our reality in every moment (indeed, we ARE creating our reality right this very moment, whether we’re aware of it or not). Visualization is a powerful way to harness your inherent magic with intention, and completely alter the course of your day, and your life.

10. Taking Salt Baths

Oh salt baths, how I love thee! I began this habit as a way to literally stay warm on cold winter days, and it is so healing and nourishing that I now can’t imagine my life without them. A simple 15-minute bubble bath with Epsom salts, candles, beautiful music, and (if weather allows) my windows open to create a glorious steam effect can do wonders to completely transform my state into a magical, sensual, sacred experience. It feels like such a gift to give myself, and I cherish every moment.

11. Drinking Tea Before Bed

Last but not least is our evening tea ritual. I started making my own tea blends a few years back and my nighttime tea is our absolute favorite sleepytime concoction. It’s a blend of chamomile, passionflower and lavender, and it is delightfully drowse-inducing. Every night my husband and I brew a pot and cuddle up on the couch to sip and read and talk and give each other food rubs, and it’s honestly my favorite time of the entire day. This is where I get to fully surrender the events of the day and let myself drift off into a state of deep relaxation, love and peace before falling into a sound sleep.

30 Affirmations to Manifest the Life of Your Dreams
15Jan 2019
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You have all the potential to create your dream life and manifest everything you’ve always wanted.

But the first (and perhaps most vital) step for manifesting the life of your dreams is to believe in yourself and your power with every cell in your body.

The art of manifesting is all about learning to believe something before it can be seen or proven.

It’s about knowing that what you want is already out there, and it wants you too… and that you have the power to bring it into your life.

Affirmations are like your wish list to the universe, experienced in real-time. They help reprogram and realign your subconscious mind with what you truly want to create. More…

11 Habits That Have Been Changing My Life Lately
18Dec 2018
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By: Jessi Kohlhagen

Wanna know some simple little habits that have absolutely changed my life this year?

There are 11 of them, and I recently realized that since implementing these habits, my life has blossomed in ways I honestly couldn’t have even dreamed of just one year ago.

I feel more alive, more powerful, more clear and at peace with my life than ever before — and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt what has created this newfound sense of empowerment and abundance … and it all comes down to my daily habits.

You may notice that just about every one of these habits centers around the theme of self-care.

Well, that’s because I believe that self-care is sacred. It’s a spiritual act that protects and regenerates our precious power. And it’s usually the first thing that falls by the wayside when life gets busy or tough (which is precisely when we need it the most).

So these are the small daily actions that truly feed my soul. They make my personal field of energy and way of being SO BIG, SO TRUE and SO POWERFUL that no external circumstance (no matter how overwhelming or threatening it may seem) can throw me off balance (not without my permission anyway).

THESE ARE MY KEYS TO ABUNDANT LIVING, PASSIONATE CREATIVITY, AND DAILY FULFILLMENT.

Here are 11 habits that have completely changed my life this year:

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Why Almost All New Years Resolutions Fail — And What To Do About It!
11Dec 2018
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It’s that time of year where millions of people are caught up in the same old goal setting frenzy…

They’re hoping to get their careers on track…
They’re hoping to finally lose that weight…
They’re hoping to get that raise or promotion…

Yet in a few short months from now, most of them will be no better off than when they started (one study even suggests that 80% of ALL New Year resolutions fail by February).

In this quick 2-minute video, I explain why almost all New Years resolutions are destined to fail, and offer a powerful alternative.

Watch the video below, and find out how you can take your most important goals to the next level by creating a clear and compelling vision for your entire life.

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Lifebook’s Annual Year-End Reflection Ceremony
05Dec 2018
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There’s something absolutely magical about this time of year: the twinkling lights, cozy fires, joyous cheer being spread by everyone, and perhaps most exciting of all, the anticipation of turning the page of our lives to a brand new chapter.

It’s a season of celebration, love, and self-reflection.

In honor of this magical time, we have a reflection ritual here at Lifebook that takes place every December.

Here’s how you can join us…

Light some candles, brew a cup of hot tea or pour a glass of champagne, get cozy by the fireside (perhaps with a loved one) and settle in for a few hours of deep reflection and openhearted honesty.

The ritual is done by answering simple questions, which are designed to call forth mighty truth, inspiration and growth from deep within you.

Enjoy this magical process, and make this New Year a beautiful expression of your wildest wishes and deepest dreams.

And as always, please take a moment share the love with us by commenting some of your favorite answers at the bottom of the post!

Click here to download these questions in Word Document format so you can complete the exercise and keep it in your Lifebook!

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

-Lao Tzu

Reflecting on 2018

What was your biggest triumph in 2018?

What was the smartest decision you made in 2018?

What one word or phrase best sums up and describes your 2018 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2018?

What was the most loving service you performed in 2018?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2018?

What were the three most significant events of 2018?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2018?

When did you feel most alive in 2018?

What was the biggest risk you took in 2018?

What was the biggest surprise in 2018?

What was your biggest failure in 2018?

What fears surfaced in your life in 2018?

What is one thing you can forgive yourself for in 2018?

What is one thing you can forgive another for 2018?

What was your biggest learning experience in 2018?

What will you vow to NEVER do again? Do more of?

What one area do you feel stuck in from 2018 that you would like to improve in the coming year?

Is there something from 2018 that you need to let go of?

What important relationships improved the most in 2018?

What compliment would you like to have received in 2018?

What compliment would you like to have given in 2018?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2018?

Embarking into 2019

Review your Life Vision and your Annual Goals and then answer the following questions…

What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2019?

What advice do you give yourself going into 2019?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve about your financial results in 2019?

What would you be most happy about completing in 2019?

What indulgence are you willing to experience in 2019?

How can you be more open-minded, and open-hearted in 2019?

What are you most looking forward to learning in 2019?

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you attempt in 2019?

Regarding your work, what are you most committed to changing and improving in 2019?

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2019?

What would you most like to change about yourself, personally, in 2019?

How can you fully nurture yourself first and foremost in 2019?

How can you stand up for yourself more in 2019?

How can you be kinder to yourself in 2019?

How will you move through your fears in 2019?

What currently brings you the most joy, and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2019?

Who or what (other than yourself or your family) are you most committed to loving and serving in 2019? How will you do it?

What one word / phrase will be your prayer, intention or theme in 2019?