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I’m entering 2017 in a very weird place.
It is hard to put into words because I am struggling to understand it myself. Transitioning from one year to the next with Mercury firmly planted in retrograde is definitely adding to strange energy. The only way I can think to describe it is… Dorothy Down the Rabbit Hole.
The F5 tornado of 2016 blew in, chewed me up, and spit me out into a magnificent new year. it’s beautiful… bright, shiny, and looks better than the last year… but it’s still kind of scary. I feel like Dorothy… lost, terrified, and trying to make sense of how I got here (and why). I also feel like Alice… extremely curious and a bit anxious to test the unused portion of courage I found in Costa Rica.
So now is the part of this post where I am supposed to launch into all of the ways I’m going to kick ass in 2017 and other sweeping declarations. And here’s there part where I disappoint you by not doing it. Why? To be honest… I’m just not ready.
I am ready for a brand new year full of possibilities and opportunities. However, like Dorothy and Alice, there are some things I need to take care of first.
I nearly let a collection of personal and professional set-backs plunge me into a deep pool of depression since late September. It’s taken every ounce of what little energy I have to keep my head above water… to keep swimming… and to keep up appearances. I am exhausted.
So… Instead of spending that coveted time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve reflecting and resolving and choosing a word (or words) for the year like everyone else, I just simply pressed pause. Pause the blog. Pause the gig search. Pause the hustle. Pause the stress. Pause the overthinking. Let my brain breathe… Relax. Relate. Release. Reset. Apparently, Mercury is not the only thing in retrograde.
We are four days into the new year and four days left in retrograde. I can feel myself slowly emerging from my voluntary pause and my energy realigning.
Just give me a little more time… I’ll grab the White Rabbit’s hand and go skipping down the yellow brick road soon enough!