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…and while you’re getting ready  for a wonderful time tomorrow night, why not take a moment and think about preparing for a wonderful 2015?

People talk about new year’s resolutions and how they get broken almost as soon as they get made, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you set your mind and your heart on something and are willing to do the work to get it, you’re significantly more likely to get there than you are if you just have some vague ideas about doing something someday.

So why not make someday today, or this year? why not make 2015 the year you finally

  • clear out belongings that you no longer use
  • start a meditation practice
  • make time for activities that feed your spirit
  • create reasons to laugh more
  • nurture yourself as well as others
  • take stock of the people in our life and whether they support you or drain you
  • find a type of exercise you like and do it regularly
  • figure out what your life mission is and how you can make it an active part of your life

Or any of your other dreams that have been waiting for someday to finally get here…

Today and tomorrow, when you’re getting ready to have a fun New Year’s Eve, give some thought to what you want to do to make it a great year as well.

Happy New Year






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There’s lots of people out there who kinda drift through life.

They’d like to follow their dreams. They’d like to do something that’s exciting, or meaningful, or amazing. They really would.

But somehow, they never get around to it. And time drifts by and by and by, until at last, they get to the point where they decide that they decide that it’s too late to do anything.

And they drift through their lives with a vague feeling of failure and a bad taste in their lives.

But for those of you visiting here, let me tell you three secrets about this whole question of chasing your dreams.

  1. It’s never too late to do something amazing
  2. If you want to get somewhere, it helps to know where you’re going
  3. When you write things down, you’re significantly more likely to actually accomplish them

Simple, right? But these are three gems that can unlock the world of your dreams as opposed to just drifting through life.

We have the gift of a big bright, shiny year ahead of us, and the question now is what you’re gonna make happen with it. Will you drift or will you make your dreams happen?

The time is now- and I’m wishing the greatest of years yet ahead for you

Just remember- It’s never to late to start. Set a goal. And write it down.

Then get out there and make great things happen in your life


PS For more information on why writing goals  down is a good idea, check out my post “Making Your Dreams Come True- the Write Stuff”





For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, all from Foresight Publications, click here


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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some good books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, that you surprise yourself.”

Neil Gaiman





 For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry” or “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath” , “The Lands That Lie Between” and her new book ”Manifesting Something Better” all from Foresight Publications, click here .

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So, it’s  a New Year and we’re looking at our resolutions for it. What we want to do/learn/become in 2011.

Now, some resolutions drop by the way side because we set goals that are way too sweeping and overwhelming.


  • lose 100 lbs;
  • find amazing love and be married in the year;
  • write the Great American Novel;

Now, any of those goals are possible within the space of a year, but for many of us, they’re good intentions but so overwhelming that we take a tiny stab at them and then give up;

For folks like this, we need to set smaller goals, and move towards them in baby steps, in a technique called Kaizen, which I will talk about in the future. Once we achieve a small goal, rinse and repeat .

You acknowledge/celebrate  that you’ve achieved a goal

  • check it off on your list;
  • reinforce yourself with chocolate;
  • tell someone so you can jump up and down together;
  • do the happy “I did it!” dance;
  • or whatever floats your boat.

And then do it again.

The important thing is to acknowledge that you’re moving forwards – because that is what gives you the motivation to keep on moving towards your dreams.

More on goal setting to come






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Daniel Boone was asked by a reporter if he had ever been lost in the wilderness.  

Boone thought for a moment and replied, “No, but I was once bewildered for about three days.”

It’s the New Year and a lot of us have set New Years resolutions. Many of us have chosen the classic ones that we’re told we should want – to lose weight, to exercise more, to complete a degree or get a better job.

And many of those resolutions will fall away before the month of January is over.

How come? One possible reason is not knowing where we want to go in life. Not knowing where we want to be by the end of the year.

Being “bewildered”….

And chosing “default” goals that don’t really have anything to do with who we are or what our path is in life….

You may already have goals.

They may have perfectly good goals….

But, it still might be a good idea to see if you’re planning to move forwards on your own personal journey…

Take a moment…

Close your eyes and take a deep breath…

And visualize for a moment who you’d like to be at the end of the year….


Then open your eyes and write down what popped up.

Do any of your goals send you in that direction?

Then you may need more or different goals.

Chose the goals that speak to your life mission

And work your dreams….

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Hi folks

Getting ready to celebrate the New Year?

Last New Year, I posted a list of customs from around the world for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that are supposed to bring you prosperity and good fortune in the coming year.

For your convenience, here’s a link to that article.

So eat some grapes or hoppin John, wear your new clothes, clean house or have yourself first footed,

and have yourself a wonderful New Year






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Happy Kwanzaa, to those who celebrate it!

For the rest of us, we’ve passed beyond the excitement and excesses of the holiday season, and have only New Years before we pass into a shiny New Year, full of possibilities.

For me, this week tends to be full of finding homes for presents I have received, clearing up after Christmas crafting, and beginning to catch up on commitments that went on hold during the last down hill dash to Christmas.

As I restore some order to my little corner of the world, however, I also find it a great time to start thinking about the year to come.

What do I want to do in the coming year?

What do I want to learn?

What do I want to accomplish?

Who do I want to be and where do I want to go by this time next year?

After all, we’re about to receive the biggest, best holiday gift of all – the gift of a shiny new year, fraught with possibilities, where we can do amazing things if we so chose…..

It’s exciting….

Studies find that

  • if you want to get someplace, it’s important to know where you’re going;
  • when you write down your goals, you appreciably increase the chance of achieving them;
  • if you have a Life Mission, it helps you to choose goals that are fun, reinforcing, and meaningful to you:
  • if you give some time to thinking about what you want to give your energy/love/time/resources to, you’re far more likely to do something that you’ll feel good about afterwards;

We’ve all got a potentially wonderful year coming up, if we chose to make it astounding. So I’m inviting you, as we pick up the last scraps of wrapping paper and enjoy the final twinkle of holiday lights about the neighborhood, to join me in giving some thought about what kind of a year you want to have.

What do you want to do this year?….

(Let’s dream big!…)






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Hi folks!

Welcome to a bright shiny new year- all for you! Now, what are you going to do with it?…

Let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions…

As you may know from reading previous posts, I believe that each and every one of us has something we’re here to do, a gift special and unique to us, something we bring to the party of life that no one else can bring.

A calling, if you will…

Unfortunately, many of us don’t discover what our gift is. Many more find that gift but doubt themselves so much that they kill their dreams (“who am I to think I’m so special?..”). Still others love their gifts but somehow can never find the time to make their dreams reality.

Here’s where resolutions ( New Year, birthday or second Tuesday in March) can help….

The classic take on New Year’s resolutions is that of theoretical goals that you mean to follow-through on but will actually never complete.

For instance:

  • You resolve to lose weight.
  • You buy a gym membership.
  • You go 4 days the first week.
  • You go 3 days the second week.
  • One time the third…
  • And never again.

What I’ve found more useful is to choose projects I want to complete or areas I want to improve in the coming year.

For instance:

  • Self-publish a book on palmistry.
  • Improve my personal health and stamina.
  • Develop more classes to teach.
  • Become a better writer.
  • Strengthen my relationships with family and friends.

You get the idea.

Once I have my targets, I make a list of things that I can do to move forwards  in each area. These can be big things, like taking a series  of classes, but a lot of times, I find breaking things into baby steps, like making a phone call or painting for 10 minutes actually makes it more likely that I’ll actually complete them (this is a technique called Kaizen, that I’ll get into in more detail in the future.)

The final starting step is to figure how much time I’m prepared to commit on a regular basis to make my dreams come true:

  • One hour a day?
  • Two hours a week?
  • 15 minutes a day?

Most people believe that it takes a major time commitment and sacrifice in all other areas of their lives to make their dreams a reality. Putting a majority of your time into your dreams does move them along faster, but the interesting thing is that a regular commitment of even small amounts of time can change your life in a major way.

So, giving a half an hour twice a week to your gift instead of  t.v., extra naps, or surfing the net can make your dreams reality far sooner than you might realize.

 (Don’t get me wrong- I love t.v., naps and surfing. It’s just that the secret to happiness is often about prioritizing my dreams 🙂 )

Resolutions are only the beginning. I’m going to be doing a series of posts on psychological, metaphysical, and personal development ways to make your dreams real..

But, if you’re starting on a journey of transformation, the first thing you need to know is where you want to go.

So,what would you like to do this year?

More soon…






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