themes and dreamsWelcome to a new year filled with possibility!

A few years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions and instead started thinking about my life along certain themes. I became so enamored of this idea that beginning in 2009 I did away with resolutions and focused on a theme that would carry me through the New Year. My first theme was ‘simplifying my life’ and in the years I worked with that theme (2009-2011) I moved twice, each time letting go of a lot of material goods I no longer needed or wanted.

But getting rid of furniture, clothing and knick-knacks was not the real benefit of working on my theme. It also required me to make some important changes in my work relationships and activities. So I found myself letting go of relationships that weren’t fulfilling (wasn’t easy!) and refocused my work around a few key areas instead of trying to do everything that floated into my busy brain.

As I approached 2012 I was ready for my next step and chose that year a theme of ‘finishing what I start.’ As a writer filled with the impulse to create I struggle with staying with one project at a time long enough to get something finished. So 2012 was all about completion for me and I carried that theme with me in all areas of my life finally getting books into publishing, getting my website in the hands of developers for a redo and also completing some aspects of my legal business structure that I had put off for a while.

I was so happy with my progress that I continued that theme through the next year and that decision was instrumental in helping me stay focused on getting my latest book 365 Days of Angel Prayers done and launched in December of 2014.  This project, with my Spiritual Living co-founder Elizabeth Harper, has been a true labor of love and continues to sell well which has reinforced for me the importance of aligning my actions around my themes.

I’ve noticed that each theme brings with it lots of opportunities for growth and the empowerment of choice.  And the themes stay with me even as I choose a new theme for the New Year. So I continue to simplify as I go and also keep the lessons in completing what I am working on before moving on to the next great idea.

In 2014 I chose the theme of I am enough.’  That theme brought me lots of challenges and opportunities for growth as I stepped into my life in all areas as ‘enough.’  I found I became more confident and more at peace with all aspects of my life and definitely no longer someone willing to allow other people’s expectations to define me.

That year led directly to my theme for 2015. My theme last year was ‘self-love – body, mind, spirit.’ This one has been such a major theme for me that I am continuing that theme for 2016.

So what did a theme of ‘self-love’ do for me in 2015?

So glad you asked!!!

In 2015 I released 40 excess pounds and got healthier on many levels. I also found myself really letting go of the past in way I hadn’t been able to before – I focused on self-forgiveness and that released a lot of unresolved emotion around past choices. I came into 2016 with such a sense of integration in my mind and heart that it feels like anything is possible.

So as I move through this New Year I will work to align my thoughts, emotions and actions with those of self-love.  Just like last year’s theme, my new focus will bring many challenges as I will be prompted to choose what is highest and best for myself and release long-standing patterns of over-giving or pleasing others. I’m sure my theme will continue to change my life in ways large and small.

I invite you to join me in working with Themes rather than resolutions this year and begin your process of first envisioning the life you want and then choosing a theme that will support your most cherished dreams.

To help you I have created an e-workbook called Themes and Dreams that explains the process and includes worksheets for you to use to create your own theme(s) for 2016.

You’ll realize as you work with themes that you are working with the Law of Attraction at the highest level – one of awareness, commitment and with focused energy.

Imagine what can happen!!!

Just click here to get my free e-book – it is my New Year’s Gift for you!

Wishing you a New Year filled with love, light and peace.

About Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor PhD is a metaphysical teacher, best-selling author, speaker and intuitive coach who loves helping people harness the power of the mind and heart to co-create miracles in all areas of life. She has been quoted in the Huffington Post as a dream interpretation expert and featured as a work-life balance expert in various publications. Connect with Cathleen at and grab your free e-book: The Secret to Saying ‘No.’

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