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Self Care - My One-Word Theme for 2020

My One-Word Theme for 2020 by Conscious by Chloé

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I don't know about you, but I do not like the pressure of the new year: resolutions, life plans, yearly goals, etc. But I still welcome the opportunities of a fresh start, a blank page.

I read something this morning about how restricting and constricting new year's resolutions are, how one year is too short to build life skills and it inspired me to think about what I want to build, and how I could make it so that I could work towards my goals gradually.

And a word came to me.

My One-Word Theme for 2020 by Conscious by Chloé

I started chosing themes for the new year on Christmas 2016.

My theme for 2017 was ROUTINE. I had been living in Portland for a couple months and needed to find my rhythm, balancing many freelance projects and working from home.

My theme for 2018 was LEARN. I had identified a number of stumbling blocks while building a routine and wanted to make sure I was self-sufficient while also reaching out to others to learn from them in areas that were not necessarily useful but would also spark my creativity.

I don't quite know why, but I did not chose a word for 2019... Oh now that I think about it, that might be because I decided to challenge myself to accomplish 19 things in 2019! But if I had to look back on 2019, I think my theme could have been LET IT GO. It is pretty crazy how many times I've said this to myself (and to other people) and I have to say that it has really helped me embrace the ebb and flow of life.

Like I mentioned in my latest newsletter (you should totally sign up for it :) this past year has been spent between 2 continents, 2 homes, 2 families and I feel a strong need to settle down. This will not likely happen this year but a girl can dream. And there are so many ways to feel like you are supported, you belong somewhere and you are in the process of growing.

My One-Word Theme for 2020 by Conscious by Chloé

My one-word theme for 2020 will be GROUNDED.

Here are a some of the ways I could nurture this feeling that I've identified in my practice and brainstormed lately:

  • Walk - more. I've had this goal to walk a certain number of steps every day for a couple years now (which I track with my trusted Fitbit* ) and have loved how it has allowed me to explore my own neighborhood, the cities I visit, my hometown with a different perspective. I park car as soon I find a spot or chose the bus route with the least connections and walk a little more to my final destination. I'd also like to try a walk barefoot a little more when the weather and terrain allows it, to better feel the connection with the earth.

  • Meditate - even if it's only for a couple minutes. This is the first pratice I let go off when times are hard even though it might be the one that helps the most, but I still have difficulties meditating in different environments. I need time, calm and privacy and haven't had a lot of these for the past year.

  • Do yoga - because I've finally found which class works for me! While studying my human design, I read that my design needs to use its energy every day and I've really noticed that I sleep and feel better after my evening yoga session.

  • Stand - using the four corners of my feet. This is an expression I hear a lot in Adriene's sessions and it reminds me of what a reiki healer once advised me to do, though it was only about only 3 parts of my feet (haha!). I indeed have a tendency to only use the outer edges of my feet when I'm standing, so I try to mindfully count "1, 2, 3" and make sure that I use the whole surface of the soles of my feet when I brush my teeth... Now that I write it, it sounds quite weird, but I guess it's important to notice your own patterns.

My One-Word Theme for 2020 by Conscious by Chloé

There are also seeds I'd love to sow this year in order to put down roots somewhere:

  • I'd love to plant a garden

  • I'd love to build a house

As these are not really likely to happen this year, I can still dream, plan and work towards these goals by gathering information, experimenting, reading, learning and... manifesting! As the saying goes: You can't get what you don't ask for.

Also, why limit this theme to a year? As I've mentioned before, I see these one-year themes as experiments to make one's life richer in the long run, I still implement the routines I set up in 2017 and continue to deepen the knowledge I've gathered in 2018 and my wish is to feel grounded for the rest of my life.

So this is my intention for 2020. I hope you'll follow me on this journey and share your own words with me along the way.

My One-Word Theme for 2020 by Conscious by Chloé

Now, it's your turn, if you had to choose one word, or a short phrase, to sum up what you want to focus on in the new year, what would it be?

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Happy Wednesday!

What are you up to this week?

I'm planning a trip to the place I grew up in to reconnect with long lost friends (I moved from this beautiful countryside town when I was 17).

I hope you're having a productive day (whatever that means) and wanted to share with you a few things that made my week and a couple links from around the web...

Self Care - Know Yourself Better


Happy 2020!

This year I've decided to not put pressure on my shoulders for the new year.

I'm again in a limbo, sharing my time between France and the US and not really knowing where I'll be able to settle down this year.

So I'm not making big plans and I'm just taking things one week at a time.

I haven't really thought about my one-word theme for the year or made a list of 20 things I want to achieve in 2020, though now that I wrote about it, ideas are flowing in my head...

I haven't taken any resolutions, yet I've already committed to a 30-day challenge.

Right before I left the States, I started reading a little more about manifestation and human design.

I signed up for the To Be Magnetic course, and my friend Rachel gave me a book that I spent a good chunk of my stay in Paris and the train ride to my parents' reading while also working on my chart.

Whether you believe in manifesting and astrology or not, I think those are amazing tools to learn about yourself, either by reflecting on their teachings or by questioning them and putting them in perspective against your own experience.

In Karen Curry's book Understanding Human Design, I learned a little more about my Generator profile and gleaned affirmations that could just as well be new year's resolutions, such as:

I trust in the infinite abundance of the universe, and I wait for what is right for me to show up.
I am perfectly designed to do the work that is right for me.
I have to use my energy every day.
I have nothing to prove and I value myself deeply.
I pay attention to the source of my emotions and allow others to experience their feelings without making their experience my own.
I take frequent breaks when the emotional energy is too intense.
I listen to my body.
I rest and take care of myself.
I honor my sense of time.

and lastly:

I trust that I know enough to help me bend and flow with the changes in my life.

All of these affirmations are characteristic of my own chart and really resonated with me. I wrote many more in my notebook and frequently go back to them when I feel unsettled. Having tools to help me manage certain situations and knowing that "it's not just me" really opened new perspectives to me and allow me to design a life that really fits me rather than trying to fit into a mold or do things "the way it's always been done".

I'm excited to read further, do the work, ask questions, meditate, journal and manifest a lot more this year!

If you're curious to learn more about Human Design, I highly encourage you to start by generating your chart for free on Jovian Archive or on Genetic Matrix (I used both).

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Happy Saturday!

What are you up to this weekend?

I'm gonna take it slow, and maybe hop on a bus and explore a new neighborhood, sit down at a café and make a dent in my ever-growing stack of books.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few things that made my week and a couple links from around the web...

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Have you read, made, watched or listened to something worth sharing with us this past week?

Productivity - Back Up Your Computer

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

This is a little unsual post, but it's something that makes my life simpler, and definitely happier (you'll understand later) so here it goes.

There have been a couple occurrences in my life when I wished I had made better decisions, like that time I switched from Windows to Mac and -for some reason I still do not understand- I FORMATTED my external drive with all my pictures on it. I still regret this bitterly, but I was fortunately able to manage to retrieve (part of) my archives thanks to a dear friend who had kept a copy of my drive.

I vowed this would never happen again and, thanks to the very precious help and guidance of my personal IT guy, I now have a pretty solid back-up system.

Also, I've been meaning to write this down somewhere so I could share this blog post with all of my friends, some of whom have told me many horror stories about losing all of their work when their computer was stolen or their computer/hard drive/external drive died.

So here are the tools that save my life every time I make something stupid, or every time my computer decides that it's time to crash and erase my life, work and memories.

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

But first, let me tell you about my set-up.

I have a laptop that I connect to a monitor with a separate mouse and keyboard when I'm working from home. It makes traveling and working from coffee shops very (too) easy. I also use a separate external drive (the light grey one on the picture above) for my photo library, as the raw files would take too much space on my laptop. The tiny black drive is my local back-up (see details below).

And now for my 2-step back-up plan...

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

Time Machine (local-back up on an external hard drive)

If you have a Mac, you can use Time Machine, the built-in backup feature, to automatically back up all of your files, including apps, music, photos, email, documents, and system files. When you have a backup, you can restore files from your backup if the original files are ever deleted from your Mac, or the hard disk (or SSD) in your Mac is erased or replaced.

To create backups with Time Machine, all you need is an external storage device. After you connect the device and select it as your backup disk, Time Machine automatically makes hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months. The oldest backups are deleted when your backup disk is full.

This external desktop hard drive or this portable hard drive are great options.

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

Backblaze (cloud back-up)

Backblaze will automatically back up all your files including documents, photos, music and movies, including your attached external drives. Unlimited files. Unlimited file size. Unlimited speed.

It is a great way to complement your Time Machine back-up.

Get a free month here.

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

For all the details on how to set up all these tools, I highly recommend this article (regularly updated).

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

Friends, if you follow this and invest in good quality tools, I promise you'll never lose precious data again.

How to Back Up Your Computer and Never Lose Your Files Ever Again by Conscious by Chloé

Have you ever lost data or it is just me? Feel free to share your stories (and hopefully happy endings or lessons learned) below.