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I made a big change yesterday, at least it was big for me. I colored my hair from a dirty blonde to a dark brown. It was the first time I had ever had my hair professionally colored and it came out great! I love it and I can feel the change. My daughter came with me and had her hair styled as well, it ended up being a fun girl's day out.
The significance of this change and the timing of it comes from yesterday being the Winter Solstice. It was the shortest day of the year and the turning point between dark and light. Now the days will gradually begin to get longer. It is a true celebration of the light.
Winter Solstice can be described as "The Tide of Rest and Rebirth." I think this is a fitting depiction because it is a time for reflection and renewal. There is power in new beginnings during a celestial transition like the Winter Solstice. Getting my hair colored and styled was a big change for me and it signified a new beginning to roll into the new year.
At this point, I am getting a running start into the new year where I want to be more productive in my writing and build this blog into something I can be proud of. Before I start these new endeavors, it is important to reflect over the past year and appreciate how far I have already come.
This year has been one of great growth for me personally. I have tried lots of new things and challenged myself to do more and finish what I start. I have a confidence this year, that I have not ever seen in myself before.
I have also had a breakthrough in my attitude. I was once very anxious and hesitant in almost everything I did. Now I am learning how to be more calm and respond to a situation instead of react to it. That small change has made a huge difference allowing me to find peace even in the every day chaos.
I am physically a lot stronger than I have ever been. I have more core strength and flexibility than I did even as a kid. I am learning endurance with my running and inner strength through yoga. It has been a beautiful combination and I can't wait to see how far I can go.
I am learning how to stay balanced and the power of intention. It is very simple to tell myself to stay in the moment and find joy in the small things, but it is not always so easy in practice. Thus, this is where the tide turns from reflection to renewal.
Now that I have contemplated on how far I have come and truly celebrated those successes, it is time to look forward. I want to finish what I have begun. I want to work hard and make a difference with my words by publishing them on my blog and in my novel.
I want to continue clearing the clutter, both physical and mental, from my life so I can focus on this moment and the things most important to me. I want to continue to cultivate an intentional flow through life where I have no expectation for the outcome and can find balance and joy in all things. I want to strengthen my body and train in a way that increases my ability, vitality and stamina.
This is where I am heading and I look forward to what happens next. I am proud of what I have accomplished and how far I have come. I am excited for the future and what happens next.
Winter Solstice provides a chance to reflect on where I have been and learn from struggles and triumphs along the way. Now it is time to renew, set new goals and move forward with intention.
Exhale the old and breathe in the new.
Do you have any Midwinter traditions that help you reflect and renew? I'd love to hear about them and how you are doing in your own journey.