Nancy: If you happen to be feeling guilty about steering away from old traditions, if you are feeling guilty or hesitant about breaking away from something that at one time felt appropriate but no longer does. Here’s the deal, it’s time to honor your feelings. You can acknowledge the guilt, but ask yourself, am I living for my authentic self or for someone else’s expectations? It’s okay to honor your own journey, and in doing so, you may very well inspire others to do the same.
Nancy: Welcome to Your Permission Prescription. I’m Nancy Levin, founder of Levin Life Coach Academy, bestselling author, master life coach, and your host. I train life coaches, aspiring coaches, and anyone who wants to add coaching skills to their current career to elevate their life and their business. I’ve coached thousands of people to live life on their own terms, and now I coach, train, and certify other coaches to do the same.
If you are ready to give yourself permission to finally make yourself a priority and mobilize your vision, you are in the right place. Let’s dive in.
Nancy: Welcome back to a brand new episode, and I am really looking forward to introducing you to this idea of creating, experimenting, inventing new traditions for this holiday season. So you have permission to reshape, redefine what it means to celebrate in a way that aligns with your heart’s true calling. So we’re venturing into the world of traditions and how we can create our own that resonate with our true selves.
As you consider creating your own traditions, it’s essential to realize that traditions are like anchors, they ground us. They give us a sense of belonging. But sometimes they can also feel confining. We grow, we evolve, and the traditions that we once cherished may no longer align with who we are today. So instead of feeling obligated or trapped, why not curate traditions that reflect your own journey and growth.
This all begins with introspection. Ask yourself, what does this holiday truly mean to me? We’re talking beyond commercialization, beyond what society dictates, beyond what your family expects. What does this holiday truly mean to me? Because once we can figure that out, once we’re clear on our why, we can get creative. It might be for you about blending the old with the new. Maybe there’s a childhood tradition that you wanna keep, but you want to embellish it, or perhaps you wanna start something entirely new, drawn from your own experiences or values that you’ve acquired over the years.
So for example, let’s take the December holidays. This is a time where gifts are often exchanged. A new tradition could be that instead of gifts, each person picks a poem that’s meaningful to them and shares it with the people they would usually give a gift to. It might be that money that would have been spent on gifts in the past is pooled and donated to a charity chosen jointly. It could be that together with your family or group of friends, you donate your time to a soup kitchen, for example. There are many ways to create new traditions. What’s most important is that they’re rooted in what is meaningful for you.
And we wanna make sure we’re infusing each and every new tradition with connection, with meaning, with what feels rooted in our own authentic desires. So as we’re creating new traditions, we can try different things, we can experiment. We can try some things out and see what feels right. We can allow the traditions to evolve as we do. And if you happen to be feeling guilty about steering away from old traditions, if you are feeling guilty or hesitant about breaking away from something that at one time felt appropriate, but no longer does, here’s the deal. It’s time to honor your feelings. You can acknowledge the guilt, but ask yourself, am I living for my authentic self or for someone else’s expectations? It’s okay to honor your own journey, and in doing so, you may very well inspire others to do the same. Traditions are about connection to our past, our values, each other, and ourselves. It’s okay for them to be fluid. It’s important that they serve us instead of confine us.
So this holiday season, I invite you to design moments, curate traditions that truly reflect your own heart’s desires. So as we conclude this episode, I invite you to truly enjoy your holidays and may they be filled with joy, authenticity, and traditions that truly resonate with your own soul. I look forward to being back again with you here next time.
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