It’s time to get on a new road, making a shift in your life as 2013 approaches! The wonderful thing about a new beginning is we get a chance to let go of the past and start fresh. We usually begin by making changes, cleaning out the old (closets or desks usually involved). It’s also a wonderful time for contemplation and reflection before we move into the outward energy of a NEW YEAR!

If you find yourself having a lot of challenges, there is an old saying, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

I would like to add a line: “It makes you stronger only if you embrace your life lessons with the willingness to learn and grow with an open heart.”

Meaning, in order to take a new path, you have to do the work and shift internally, as well. It is an inside and outside job—this thing called “life.”

Let us also begin 2013 with a commitment to ourselves, and then extend it to the rest of our communities and the world.

It’s time to go from the “me” mentality, as people say, to the “we” mentality.

It has been stated that water—the vital life-blood by which we live—is being polluted thirty-six times faster than we are replacing it. In order to have a positive impact for future generations, we need to change our thinking and habits now. I’m not saying this to be preachy, but as a reality check for all of us to look at what we are creating. We have an opportunity to start shifting from “what’s in it for me” to “how can I contribute to my life and the world more positively?”

Our choices have consequences. “Act now, think later” has been much of our way of living. It’s part of the quick-fix mentality, accelerated through technology. During these rapid evolving times, things can either be changed for the better or for the worse. We all say we want peace and happiness, but how can we bring this intent into a mass manifestation, especially with such violence and unrest? Can we, at least, hold in our hearts the possibility of peace and compassion? In pursuit of our personal goals, we can say we want to achieve our dreams, but what are we doing to bring them into fruition? Is this going to be another year of empty wishes or a year of new frontiers? This time between the old and the new—“The Gateway,” as it is sometimes called—is a great time to reflect and make adjustments to the road you are about to take.

I heard Marianne Williamson (spiritual advisor and bestselling author) speak about life, faith, and finding grace in your life during these very uncertain times. “It’s time to put up or shut up,” she said about making a difference in your life and the world at large. Creating a new path gives us this opportunity for a new way, a new questioning, a new discovery, a new exploration.

The fork in the road is here.

Which road will we take? Is it the same path, or is it a new direction? If we want something, are we willing to commit to it? How can we extend our hearts to melt our hatred and anger? How can 2013 be a year that gives us more compassion and acceptance for each other’s differences? Is it time to clean out the closet of your life? You are at the doorway of 2013.

It’s a time to ask yourself, “what new things do I want to create and what choices will I make to create a better life, a better world?”

As an exercise, post your intention of what you plan to create in 2013. There is a power in stating it to others. The power of numbers, holding the space of this New Year.

Will you take the same old road—“same day, same bat channel?”—or will you embark on exciting adventure, to challenge yourself to have what you really want in life? It’s up to you. There is a knocking at the door and the new road awaits!

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Nina Boski is an entertainment and lifestyle expert and the host and Executive Producer of LifeBites LIVE on emPOWERme.TV.  Nina can also be found on Facebook,  Twitter and