The 2013 Feel Good Guide

The 2013 Feel Good Guide

This is not your typical New Year’s Intention message.

First, a big, tight hug goes out to you, dear human. There is kind, positive, change-the-world energy in this maligned e-space…and I have been lifted up and motivated beyond words this year, whether you’ve commented or not. Thank you. xo

Perhaps you, too, have had enough pummeling about GOALS. PLANS. RESTART. SUCCESS!

Messages from emails, the media, even your own habitual New Year’s sense of judgement. And new calendars and planning tools all designed to make it easier. But it doesn’t get easier somehow. Add to it a little self-loathing for taking a tumble off the wagon of healthy eating over the holidays and/or travel (I’ve been with my amazing Mom). Or comparing, which is so easy to do.

Wherever you are on the spectrum, I’ll bet there are some feelings of judgement (shoulds), negativity, and self-doubt looming. And not enough clarity, optimism, compassion, and self-love (or even like).

Today I write about a holistic and heart-driven approach to life planning that I love. It’s easy, natural, and all about feeling good.

Forget the old ways of goal-setting. Set goals based on how you want to feel. Liberated energy is where I want to be. Following my heart, my soul, my inner light. I know that when we get clear on how we want to feel, decisions get a lot simpler. So does planning.

A fan of Danielle LaPorte’s already (remember The Fire Starter Sessions?), after hearing her speak in person this fall and buying my copy of The Desire Map — well, I know she’s a beautiful, everyday genius. I love her, and you will, too (if you don’t already).

I’ve always been a proponent of feeling good and doing good, but her approach gives me a filter for goal-setting, planning, and LIVING that is natural and happy.

So I started jotting down what makes me feel good and traced those things/experiences to feelings. Here are some of mine: Connected. Content. Motivated. Strong. Turned on, free, creative, inspiring, powerful and affluent for good, relaxed (not worried), and clear. Loved and in love.

Now I’m working on narrowing these down to my core desired feelings, using my very own multimedia Desire Map portal.

What do you desire in 2013? How do you want to feel? Love your comments always.

The Desire Map is a holistic approach to planning your life. It guides you to identify your core desired feelings, and to use those feelings as the drivers of what you want to do, have and experience in your life.

It turns goal-setting inside out.

The Desire Map is a multimedia program. It comes with a PRINTED book (it’s embossed, even!) a downloadable book, audio book, a series of audio contemplations; a private, online Desire Map space; an app, and 12 weeks of weekly inspiration to help people make desire-mapping a true practice.

Learn more or invest in this life-changer by clicking below:


“Collaborate with the cosmos instead of dictating to the world. You’re stronger when you stand in your own power and dance with what’s around you.”

— Danielle LaPorte


You could also start with the Eloise approach:

Being Lighter in 2012, by yours truly one year ago today.

Love, abundance, good health, happiness, and lightness to you, my e-wondrous friends.





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  1. Love it! I’ve got the same idea about ‘goal-setting’ this year, and it FEELS good!

    • Yahoo, Emily! Happy to be on your page, centered one.

      You might appreciate Kris Carr’s My Crazy Sexy Team Reveals Their Deepest Desires — so interesting, especially the end where she and her team reveal their core desired feelings worksheets.

      Cheers to you and 2013!

  2. Thanks for the reminder about Danielle, Lisa! I had intended to gift myself “The Firestarter Sessions”, but lost that intention in the whirlwind of the holidays. Now I will add this book to my order.

    Wishing you all you desire this year!

    • I’m with you on losing intentions in the whirlwind…happy to be getting back into a routine tomorrow. And, oh how I love Firestarter Sessions…and my circle of fire that meets after yoga on Thursdays at this fabulous place called The Iron Roost (sweet and savory waffles–even vegan, GF!–in a great space). Thanks for reminding me of all that loveliness.

      Warmest wishes for a glorious 2013, Kim!

      • hi Lisa,
        I think that will be my gift to myself this year! I hope to see you in BS , I don’t work on Thursdays but maybe I will make a special trip. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

        • Yay Jaime! I’ve been watching the unveiling of Front Street Home with pleasure…so beautiful. Would love to yoga and waffle…and especially connect with you. I’ll message you so you have my contact info if you ever want to ride up with me. :)

  3. Ahh, I wish I could join you on Thursdays! That sounds lovely.

    • So often I’ve read your posts and wished we could have a nutrition/yoga day together, too. So a yearly Lifeyum Summit — wellness warrior training and retreat time — how does that sound to you?

      • I would really love that, and honestly it would not be difficult to arrange. I don’t know if I mentioned that my daughter lives in NYC, so I am in your general area at least a couple of times a year. I just have a feeling we would both gain something important.

        • I know I would love it, and I’m not sure I remember the wonderful fact of your daughter being in nearby NYC — but that’s my lack of sleep memory these days. A yearly event is top of my list for Lifeyum, and I’ve been thinking about Saratoga Springs as a locale. Would summer or fall 2013 appeal to you?

          In the shorter term, I’m planning on offering a group cleanse through Dr. Lipman’s Be Well Cleanse. I’ll have a private Facebook group and will provide pre-cleanse tips and daily messages. It’s wonderful, and I can’t wait to do it again. Just working out the details with his team.

          Fondly, Lisa

          • Summer/fall 2013 would be great! Let’s keep talking about that and make it happen.

            In the meantime, I am intrigued by the cleanse. It looks sensible, unlike many others. I’m in! It will be good for me to do without my daily glass (albeit small) of wine and coffee for 2 weeks.

  4. Thanks for the uplift. I see a fabulous 2013 in your future :-)

    • Ah, beautiful and amazing Bella…one of the first writers who opened my heart and lifted me. Right back to you, e-friend. :)


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