12/03/2014 12:09 pm ET Updated Jan 31, 2015

The Year-End Ritual: A Calling for All Your Desires

Am I the only one sitting here with my jaw on the floor realizing that there's less than one month left until the end of the year? My full reflection mode has been switched on.

I'm also thinking about Robin Sharma's wisdom of:

"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life."

I would like to share one of the only two year-end rituals I perform each year. No New Year's resolutions here, darling.

I have performed this ritual for the last 15 years. I didn't realize it was a power ritual until about the third year when I noticed that my list of goals and desires were being accomplished each year. I believe the act of writing down intentions gives them extra power. Action was also necessary. I put the list away and don't check it until July 31, when I do a half-year review. Here is how I come up with the list these days.

I call it my Ritualistic Planning.

This is ALL about what is WANTED, the tangible. This is ALL about just writing it down.

Because we will all arrive at our goals by taking different roads.

This is meant to be instructive, not prescriptive.


I take a half a day toward the end of the year to be completely alone. I light some candles, put on my favorite mantra music for abundance and prosperity. I find a quiet place to reflect or meditate/red roses are a must for me, as they hold powerful resonance. Sometimes I walk or run as an active meditation such as a walk by the river to review the past year. My King and I also set aside a four-hour block of separate time to talk about our desires to plan out our coming year together, usually including travel -- his niche.


Part of the end year ritual for writing my list includes asking myself the following questions. {NOTE: I always find it interesting what shows up as the most memorable.}

What are my most cherished memories of 2014?
What were the most important projects. Where all the focus went?
The game changers of the past year?
Three things you forgot or decided not to do? Why?
What books and mentors had the greatest impact?
How have I created [new] or nurtured my important relationships this year?
What will be the biggest desires and goals looking forward into 2015?
What am I committed to do this coming year to create self-care and joy in my life?

This question practice helps me form my list, which consists of the following categories { you will create those that speak to you}

Personal Growth
Professional Growth
Home Sanctuary and Space
Wellness {Mind. Body. Spiritual} Growth
Wealth and Abundance

This is meant to be done with ease over as many days as it takes to extract your wants, desires and goals. There is no limit, no rules, no judgement, just desire and intention for action.

Enjoy your brand new slate in 2015.