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I ask who do you want to be not what do you want to accomplish in the new year because I just listened to inspirational speaker and bestselling author Danielle LaPorte talk to Tami Simon from Sounds True.

In the recording she discussed a novel idea. Instead of writing a to-do list (a.k.a. New Year’s Resolutions), why not dream up how we want to feel?

This resonates with me because I’ve already done what’s typical on one of those lists-I’ve been to Paris, lost 10 pounds, and bought a house.

While those things feel great and have had an impact on my life, they are not from my core list of wishes. In other words, if I only had a few weeks to live, I wouldn’t miss them.

What I think most of us want, however, goes deeper.

We want to feel loved.

We want to feel valued.

We want to feel inspired.

We want to feel alive.

We want a meaningful life.

The key LaPorte says is to dream up what we can do this week or better yet, this moment to make these things a reality in the new year.

This year, I just want 4 things:

1) I want to be more spiritual.

2) I want to create.

3) I want to inspire others and be inspired.

4) I want to give and receive love to feel a greater sense of connection and belonging to my family, friends, community and other like-minded peeps.

What do you want to be and feel in 2014?

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