2015: The Year of Expansion

My friend Laurie just published a beautiful post in which she named her word for the year. Rather than make a resolution or several, she selects a word to set the tone for the year. Hers for 2015 is ‘savor’.

I think that is a wonderful word.

It got me thinking about what mine is and I have decided that 2015 will be the year of ‘expansion.’

I feel the energy of that word coursing through me right now as I write this.

I am riding a wave of positive momentum which arose from some challenging times last year, most of which were created by my limited thinking.

Expansion is always occurring, which is why we feel so crappy when we are out of alignment with it.

That crappy feeling can give way to some pretty amazing revelations though, as was my experience.

It brought me back to myself in a deeper way and made me get clear on what I really want to do.

I faced the inevitable fear which arose from changing course, but since becoming intimate with it, it no longer had the power to keep me playing small.

I planned a meditation and yoga retreat in Bali, putting my faith to the test. When I hit publish on the announcement, it felt like free-falling, much like when we left our jobs and sold our home to travel.

I have learned that the things we are meant to do feel like free-falling at first.

It means we are charting new territory and creating something new (usually ourselves).

When we follow our bliss into something, however, we have the laws of the universe at our back (and front and left and right; above and below and within).

Universe selfie

We cannot fail. We can only learn.

I have learned that I must have faith in my own worth before anyone else will. And I do. I finally do. I falter a bit, of course, but then I only need to feel my beating heart to remember my worthiness is inherent.

Perhaps another word for this year could be ‘manifestation,’ because I feel like the seeds I planted in stillness (and doubt, and confusion) last year are finding their way through fertile soil into the light.

When I look toward the year ahead, I see that our ideas, like seeds, carry the potential for manifestation within them. All we need to do is plant and water them.

Tomorrow I will begin a twelve week journey of connection and transformation with a wonderful group of people. (JOIN US!!!)

Journey header

Between sharing and connecting on the e-retreat, I’ll be learning to snowboard (again). It’s been years since I’ve done it, and back then I didn’t have the time, conditions or mental clarity to enjoy it.

We applied for a three-month house sit in Colorado due to its proximity to a ski resort with well priced season passes. It’s a new experience for us to live in below freezing temperatures at 9,000 ft but one which we are really excited about.

Leadville house

More ideas have expanded into reality and I feel like we really can do whatever we believe we can.

We are the creators of our destiny and also our limitations.

I’m sure the next three months will throw up some challenges, but I know they will only serve in expanding my ideas about myself and what I can do.

I don’t have any resolutions or goals for this year, but I have a clearer vision of what I am walking toward. And with every step, I will be expanding into fuller expression, more creativity, deeper presence and greater service.

I’ll be headed to Bali in August to meditate with 11 amazing women (and counting!) for a week. (JOIN US!!!)

I recently received an email from a woman I’ve never met who is giving herself the gift of the Bali retreat for her birthday and taking the leap to do something she has never done before. It became very clear to me that only by expanding ourselves beyond our limitations can we encourage others to do the same.

And I hope to do much more of that together in 2015. I hope your year is filled with the blessings of your choosing!

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2015: The Year of Expansion — 24 Comments

  1. That’s a good word, Sarah, in encompasses so much. 2014 was a huge transition year for us so I’m looking forward to moving onward in 2015. So, I think my word might be, onward.

    Looking forward to seeing more of the cabin, I love the light shining through to the darkness!
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  2. Awww Sarah! :) Thank you for linking to my post!
    Also, I LOVE your word. I so feel that energy for this year, also. A sense of rising out of something. I am so looking forward to your continued expansion. After having followed you for over a year now, it’s so lovely for me to see who you are becoming. Your transitions this past year have been incredible and deeply inspiring to me. I know that your meditation practice continually inspires me to return to my own.
    I love you dear friend! Hopefully we can meet up soon, now that you are only 2 hours away! Xxx
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    • Oh ditto, Laurie! I am so happy our paths crossed online and it has been an honor to watch you emerge into the bright light you are. We still have our darkness, of course, and that is okay, but this phase of growth is particularly exciting to me, when we begin to acknowledge our inner power. Yes, we will definitely meet and I am so looking forward to it xxx

  3. Expansion. I like it. I am just now drafting my word for 2015 and I am thinking of several that just may suit. Can’t wait to start your e-retreat tomorrow! XOXO
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  4. Great idea! I always write a journal entry on the 1st of every year. I write a lot of journal entries, but I love looking back on all my January 1st ones because it seems to set a theme for my year. This year I also pulled an Angel card and got Understanding. It’ll be interesting to see what that word reveals to me this year.
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    • Nice one! I love the line in the St Francis prayer which says, “that I seek to understand rather than be understood.” Wonderful word. Wishing you countless blessing in 2015 xxx

  5. I love the idea of setting a tone for the year rather than very specific resolutions. And honestly, expansion is a fantastic word. Perhaps I may borrow it from you and apply it to my life as we adjust back to the swing of things in Canada 😉
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    • My word is your word Emily!! There is more than enough expansion to go around! Wishing you a wonderful year. The challenges are part of it too because they help you to discern what you want xxx

  6. Sarah,
    Wonderful post! My word for 2015 is commitment. Underlying all other words is the commitment to love, faith and growth. I love being apart of your expansion through your writing. Your posts are joyful. Mind opening. Healing. Thanks for your inspiration. Sala

  7. Love the selfie! Hey Sez, I decided to move to LA for 6 months, but a lot of fear has come up. I’ve taken comfort in remembering how much fear you had and how your life has changed. And being honest about it and inventory is helping too. Sorry if you’ve mentioned this in your blogs, but what site do you use for housesitting gigs, esp. in north america? I’m off to re read your inital blogs. love kaz

    • Hi Kaz! Awesome! Change is GOOD. If it is something you want (and I’m guessing it is) then it is what you are meant to do. I know that sounds far to simple to be true, but that is what I have learned. Fear is often a reaction to the truth. I was scared to travel, scared to sell my home and my job, scared to start a blog, scared just about every time I hit publish on an honest post, scared to plan a yoga retreat and scared to host an e-retreat. Fear has followed me through all of my personal expansion and the best, most soul nourishing experiences of my life. It occurs when we attempt to break out of our comfort zones, and since I intend to do that for the rest of my life, fear will be there too. We use ‘trusted housesitters’ and ‘housecarers.’ Love to you! Xxx

  8. Wow, this post really resonates with me… and inspires me. I’m in the middle of an awakening, so I feel all over the place. Open and scared at the same time. It’s all so weird. Anyway, a post like this is so encouraging and I think expansion is a beautiful word… Reading this post, I realize… I chose the word “Unity” for my word of the year, but I think it’s more like… “Integrate.” That feels softer to me and less rushed. So… thanks for helping to inspire that, too, Sarah! I think you’re right — sharing our stories and being open helps to encourage others!
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    • Hello and welcome, Erika! In the middle of an awakening and all over the place. YES! I am so excited for you. It is a beautiful, messy enlightening place to be and I wish you courage and joy on your journey forward! Integrate is a wonderful word. Integrating all the ‘parts’ of me and my life has been such an important part of my journey. Blessings to you xxx

  9. I love the idea of ‘expansion’ for this year. It encapsulates the idea of limitless possibilities, and infinite hope, something the world really needs at the moment, as well as many of us.

    For me, 2015’s word is ‘be’. Simply be, in the moment. Work less, and allow the bliss to wash over me. It’s going to be a great one, Sarah – can’t wait to share more with the world!!
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