What’s Next in 2016

October is when I start to explore my sacred journey. It’s when I start thinking of what has come together for me this year? What do I want to let go of, what do I want more of. What am I doing to make changes, to open and allow in the new.


At the beginning of this year I decided that I want more community, spiritual partnerships, mystical experiences, peace, harmony…

I wanted what Mary Oliver wrote –

Pay attention

Be astonished

Tell about it

I think I did some of this.

I have moved myself out of fear and into the unknown with trust and faith in the Universe. And glorious miracles have happened.

I have paid more attention to compassion, surrender, love; I have opened to the mystery in a greater, richer way than ever before. I have welcomed new astonishments into my life; I have embraced my oracle cards in a new way, and am now feeling a pull to the Tarot.

I have stepped into my power and am lighting the way.

I have been letting the outrageous out.

With all of this my word for this year was ‘courage’ and courage has certainly been my companion. And so has our heavenly Mother Mary supporting me on my journey.

So now is the time to think about what I want to bring into my life in this next year?

Up to now I thought that ‘courage’ was still such a strong energy that it will continue to be one of my words for next year, but today I got the feeling that It may not be so. Maybe courage is kind of done with me. A couple of weeks ago when I asked the Universe for a word that will carry me for next year, immediately before I could even finish that thought the word ‘health’ popped into my mind. And it’s still with me as a strong energy. So ‘health’ is my word. And I’ll see how honoring health in mind, body and spirit will unfold and reveal itself to me in 2016.


Silence – that is being in silence with myself is something that I crave more of, so this will most definitely carry over to next year. I am now on day 10 of a promise I made to myself of not turning on my computer before I spend time in silence every morning. I spend time journal writing every day and I just sit quietly with myself immersed in my own thoughts. There is always plenty of time to be involved with the outside.

Showing up for me – for what I want, for what honors me, for what nourishes me, is a goal I have set for myself for this next year. Being in my power means all of this.

Some of the words that I will carry with me














Of course I’m not complete yet and have more to think of and prepare for my luscious next year, but this is a beginning.

I am open and I allow the Universe to unfold its treasures through me.

And so it is.

How are you honoring yourself? What have you accomplished this year? What do you want for yourself for next year, for 2016?


Copyright Masha G. Ellman 2015

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My big joy is to inspire, encourage and empower you to live the sweetest life for you. I love to share inspiration, how to, and my own journey towards wholeness and union with our Divine Mother. Oh and I love photography and cooking. I am thrilled that you are here and sharing in this wonderful magical mystery.

14 thoughts on “What’s Next in 2016

  1. Good advice about sitting in silence first before you turn on the computer. I find when I do that, when I connect to spirit and ground myself, the stuff that might bother me online or as I compare myself to others just doesn’t happen.


    1. Thanks Diana for mentioning this, that’s exactly what happens to me, and I find the that the rest of the day I’m disconnected. xoxo


  2. Masha, blessings on your new blog! I adore this post. I’ve learned to do the same thing – to not connect with the internet until after I’ve had soft time with myself for reflection and communion with Spirit. On those days I don’t honor this practice, I can feel it at every level in my energy and reactions to what is happening around me.


    1. Victoria, yes it really makes a difference on every level. For me honoring myself, my time alone, gives me great joy and fills me with a feeling of being connected to the energy that supports me. Thank you for your blessings xoxo


  3. I am meeting with a group once a week. We are “working on” sitting in silence and are all finding it a challenge. Suggestions?


    1. Cathy, thanks for the question, I think I’ll write a post about this. I found it very challenging in the beginning, but with every time that I practiced ‘silence’ it became easier, that feeling of OMG there might be an emergency, the world is coming to an end, etc. LOL it got easier. The one suggestion that I may offer you, is let your family know that you will not be available for during the time you’re taking for silence, that will eliminate some of your worry about that and you’ll be surprised how supportive family and friends can be. Please let me know if this helps and look out for a blog about this. Thank you, blessings.


  4. I love how you shared both your process and how the words have come to you. It sounds like this is having an amazing effect on your life. I love choosing focus words- I have been doing the Desire Map at the end of the year for several years now and I love it. To your health in 2016!


  5. What a wonderful post!! Yes, do read The Desire Map – it helped me commit to the Sage Priestess programme, and it’s been SUCH a blessing!
    I usually choose my Word for the year in December (this year’s is Delve), although I realize that Samhain is the pagan New Year… You’d made me ponder whether I should change the timing of my Word choosing 🙂
    Rich blessings on your healthful 2016 xx


    1. Claire, I did download the Desire Map and started reading it this morning, thank you. Your word is already with you, just waiting for you to come to it. Blessings ❤


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