2012’s mini-manifesto

The last few years, in addition to choosing a word that encapsulates my intention for the year, I’ve written a little manifesto for myself. Things I want to hold at the forefront of my mind. Words I want to look at, and live by, every day. Last year I shared what I’d written and was overwhelmed by the feedback. When I wrote 2012’s, I meant for it to stay private. Then I read it out loud to a circle of friends and strangers at the year’s first full moon and realized that as is it is my wish for myself, it’s my wish for all of us. (One of these days I’ll make it pretty and downloadable.)


Let joy flow into and through you. Celebrate everything. Pause in the midst of life and breathe in the beauty and the muck. Dig deep and find the gold. Explore celebration. Live celebration. Let your life be a dance with joy.

Full Permission

You have full permission to be your brilliant, messy, gorgeous, imperfect self. All day. Every day. Don’t ask anymore. Take it in both hands and run. Be yourself with wild abandon, even in your quietest moments. Love yourself with your whole heart.


Find your priorities and focus. Let everything else go. Follow the joy. Follow the passion. Narrower, go deeper. Fill your mind, heart and belly with what sustains you. Learn to say no, with love.


This is the year of letting your light blaze into the world. Be your own sun, moon and stars. Be the map to your inner night sky. Be the map you live by. Play big. Play with integrity. Dance by the light of your inner fire and SHINE.

Embody Love

This is your life’s work. You are love, now live it. Breathe it in, and out. Fill your cells. Fill the world. Walk, as love, into your life, so that everyone who enters your orbit knows that they too are loved, and are Love.

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8 Responses to 2012’s mini-manifesto

  1. Lindsey says:

    Oh. So much richness here, so much wisdom. So much I have to learn. Thank you, thank you. xoxo

  2. Oh, may it all be so!! This is beautiful and resonates with me deeply.

  3. pamela says:

    Alana, I am SO grateful you shared this!! This is exquisite. And everything here I need to hear. I am printing this one out for sure. Thank yoU!!

  4. illuminary says:

    ~beautifully written~
    and true
    so very very true..
    Thank you…

  5. Stereo says:

    Full Permission.

    Without even realising, once again you have told me exactly what I needed to hear. THIS is why I smile every time your name turns bold in my Reader.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this, Alana. Every ripe, wise phrase could serve as a focal point for an entire meditation practice. Like Pamela above, I’m about to press “print.”

  7. Casey says:

    Hi, Alana.

    Thank you for this post, and your many other insightful writings. In view of my reading and appreciating your blog, I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award.




  8. Celina says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Wonderful words to keep close!

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