A Powerful Exercise To Bring In A Prosperous New Year

Happy 2012!  It’s that time of year again… where we have the opportunity to create a fresh new start for a fresh new year!

Rather than setting unrealistic goals or new years resolutions that almost never make it into February… I’m inviting you to join me today in a journaling exercise to help bring true clarity and power to your intentions for 2012.  simple smile A Powerful Exercise To Bring In A Prosperous New Year

As I was doing my own preparations for the New Year, there were 3 questions that came to mind… and instead of answering them privately in my journal, I’ve decided to share my answers here with you.  As you read this post here today, I encourage you think about your own answers… and then share them in the comment box down below.  This way, we’ll inspire each other to go deeper and think bigger! And of course, putting things in writing helps to clarify your thoughts and “make real” your intentions.  Plus, it’s gonna be a lot of fun!

Ok, so let’s get started…

Question #1:  In reflecting on this last year, what am I truly grateful for?

Expressing gratitude is so important for so many reasons… it gets you into your heart, focuses your attention on the positive, and opens the door to creating even more positive, loving, and fulfilling life experiences.  It’s so true that you get what you look for… so the more you look for the blessings in life, the more blessed your life will become!  simple smile A Powerful Exercise To Bring In A Prosperous New Year

For me, 2011 was definitely a year of major growth… Even though I experienced challenges in my relationships, in my business, and in moving through old patterns and insecurities, I’m so grateful for ALL of it.  I learned so much about myself this year, becoming even more aware of who I really am and what I truly want in life.  Each challenge was a wake up call to look deeper, become more authentically connected, and make choices that are in full alignment with my inner truth.

And of course, I’m incredibly grateful for the successes I’ve had this year, both personally and professionally.  With the launch of “CASH IN ON YOU” over the summer, I broke my record for my most successful product launch yet.

I’m also so grateful for the beautiful friends I have in my life, for my family, and for all of the people I’ve connected with over this last year.  I’ve learned so much about what being in “true relationship” means and have become more aware of the multitude of blessings that are present within each relationship, each connection… whether it’s someone I meet in a café and only talk to for 20 minutes, or a friend I’ve known for years.

I’m so grateful for YOU… and for all of the people I’ve been able to reach through the incredible power of the Internet.  Thank you for reading my posts, watching my videos, opening my emails, and staying committed to your own personal and professional development.  This next year is going to be EPIC… and I can’t wait to share more about my new plans for 2012!

In August of this year, I got the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.  That trip changed my life… and I’m in such gratitude for every moment of it.  I felt a deep, cellular connection to the Earth and to Mother Nature unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  It opened my heart, fueled my spirit, and connected me to a deeper part of my life’s purpose that I wasn’t even aware of before.  There’s definitely more to come about this!

In October, I moved out of my place in San Diego, put all of my stuff in storage, and decided to embark on a spiritual, solo journey throughout Bali, Malaysia, Australia… and now possibly New Zealand and Hawaii.  As I’m writing this, I’m currently on a plane from Perth (Western Australia) to Sydney to celebrate the New Year with some Aussie friends of mine.  This trip has been absolutely life changing as well… and I’m so incredibly grateful for having the opportunity to make a dream like this come true.

I feel like I’m in the process of transforming from a caterpillar to a butterfly… and this year has been the “cocoon”, the catalyst, for my biggest life transformation yet!  Thank you, thank you, thank you Spirit!  What a blessing 2011 has been!

Question #2:  In reflecting on this last year, what am I consciously letting go of?

This question is going to require some deep self-reflection and honesty… Most people are unhappy or unsatisfied with aspects of themselves or their lives, but will avoid taking responsibility for it… or they’ll pretend it’s not there and continue on living in old patterns and habits that they know deep down are not in alignment.

It’s so important to take a good look at ourselves and the lives we’re creating, objectively observe what’s working and what’s not without judgment or criticism, and take responsibility for all of it.  We can’t change what we aren’t willing to see.  And when we take full responsibility, without blaming or justifying, we empower ourselves to become the “change-makers” of our own lives.  In choosing to let go of what’s no longer working or serving us, we clear out the “static”, hit the re-set button, and make space for what we DO want to make it’s way through.

For me, I’ve become aware of old self-sabotaging habits that I’m now choosing to consciously let go of.  For starters, I have an old childhood habit of being quite messy and unorganized, even though I feel SO much better when my life and everything in it is in order.  So, instead of letting things pile up to the point of frustration and then judging myself for it, I’m choosing to let go of this old pattern and committing to being organized.

This past year, I’ve also become more keenly aware of those moments in life where I’m being “hard on myself”.  This comes from self judgment and comparing myself to an expectation of how I think I “should” be.  So when I notice this old habit arising, I’m committed to loving and accepting myself unconditionally… and turning self-defeating thoughts into self-affirming ones.  I truly feel that one of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves in life is “have our own back”.   Just like you would unconditionally support a child or a best friend, it’s so important to do the same thing for ourselves!

I’m also choosing to let go of the old habit of “over-thinking” decisions.  Often, I’ll think and re-think and analyze and re-analyze to the point of exhaustion.  And I know that clearly, over-thinking thoughts is NOT the way to clarity!  So I’m choosing to let go of this old habit and committing to listening to my FEELINGS instead, especially when it comes to making decisions.  When I do tune in to my body, and follow my feelings, that’s when true wisdom and clarity emerges, and I’m in a state of flow rather than struggle.  simple smile A Powerful Exercise To Bring In A Prosperous New Year

Question #3:  Who am I committed to being in 2012?

Although I do believe goal setting is important, I also know that there’s something even more important that actually determines whether or not we even meet our goals… and that’s our way of being.   It’s who we are choosing to be, and how we show up, in each and every moment, that matters.

You could have a “goal” of making a 5 figure monthly income this year… but if you shy away from challenges and don’t muster up the courage to go where it’s uncomfortable, you’re unlikely to ever make that goal a reality.  You’ve got to commit and re-commit to being courageous again and again in order to be the successful entrepreneur you want to be.

So for me, I’m definitely committed to being courageous without hesitation, especially when it comes to doing things I’ve never done before.  This next year, I’m going to be walking down a new path in many ways… so in maintaining my commitment to being courageous, I know that not only will I reach my goals much faster, but I’ll also be liberating myself from old fears along the way.

I’m also committed to being an inspired action taker.  I love to journal, I love to come up with ideas, I love to envision, to dream, to see possibilities… but unless all of that is balanced with action, it won’t come to fruition and create the impact that I know is possible.  So I’m committed to being in balance as an “inspired action taker”… taking time everyday to stay connected and inspired AND taking action steps everyday to bring my ideas and visions into manifestation.

I’m also committed to being non-judgmental and compassionate.  I know that when I judge others, it’s really just a projection of something “unresolved” within myself that I still judge.  So in choosing to be non-judgmental to myself, I’m naturally non-judgmental with others, and vice versa.  When I choose non-judgment, I’m able to see the truth more clearly… and the underlying innocence and beauty that lives at the core of every human being, no matter what they are saying or doing.  In seeing people for who they really are, compassion arises naturally… and then, not only do I feel more connected, but I’m giving the gift of true connection to others as well.

Well, there you have it!  This is my New Years journal entry for creating a prosperous and fulfilling 2012.  Now it’s your turn!  In the comment box down below, I encourage you to write at least one answer for each question.  I’d LOVE to hear from you and I know that others who are reading this post would love to as well!   Let’s make this a community-inspired exercise and share our commitments with each other for clarity, accountability, and support.  And remember, when you write things down, they solidify and become real!

When you’re done leaving a comment, please take a few seconds and share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s get them in on this!  simple smile A Powerful Exercise To Bring In A Prosperous New Year

Thanks so much for spending this time with me here today!  Happy New Year!  Let’s make this the most MAGICAL year yet!

Love and light,

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Dean December 31, 2011 at 5:36 am

Katie, you have “the way” with words. I get so much correspondence from motivated and inspiration women and men… but almost none come close to the way you “say”. The World is becoming a better place as people like you grace it with your presence.
Happy New Year Katie! Never stop what you’re doing!
Dean´s last blog post ..The World’s First Full Smartphone Movie – Cool, but it’s not the Camera, it’s the Story That Counts


Ed Rezewski December 31, 2011 at 5:38 am

Dear Katie, thanks sending me this blog. You are so right about the importance of being grateful for everything. I lost my job in August and I haven’t found a replacement one yet and lately it has been difficult to be in a state of gratitude and thankfulness. In the Bible the apostle Paul clearly states that we should “thank God for everything for this is God’s will concerning you.” Being unemployed has affected my state of thankfulness very hard and your blog post has convicted and rekindled my spirit of gratitude. Please pray for me that I might find a job or become successful in network marketing. For the Bible also says that “with God all things are possible to him/her that believes.” May God bless you bountifully Katie and thank you for sending me this blog post.


alisa January 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I am glad that you are inspired by Katie’s words and she does write beautifully. Perhaps I misunderstood your comment, and I hope you don’t mind my addition. Paul does say that we should thank God for everything because it is His will that we understand that all good comes from Him. It is never His will to see us suffer and be without! God is not about taking your job or abundance away. The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life and life abundantly. The Bible tells us over and over that it is God’s will to prosper us, indeed He looks to and fro for whom he might bless.Speaking of God, Jeremiah wrote 29:11-14 “For I know the thought that I think toward you, says the Lord, thought of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. …. I was focusing on Psalm 23 a couple of nights ago and it is such a powerful Psalm about God’s love for us and his desires for us and what He does for us. This is a Psalm for the living and it has been lost to a cliche funeral scripture. Please be encouraged by it and find comfort that God has prepared a table for you! God Bless


Anderson Goncalves December 31, 2011 at 6:13 am

Hi Katie,

Thank you for this inspiring post and for sharing your experiences with us.

It is so cool to hear about your visit to Amazon, I live in Brazil and I’ve never been there before.

2011 has been a changing and challenging year for me. It was when I started making some real important decisions about where I want to go and who I want to be. I thanks God and I am grateful for everything I accomplished this year, for every person I met, my friends and family.

In 2012 I want to let go of the habit of re-thinking about every decision I have to make instead of following my inner voice because I realized that habit has prevented me from taking action and going forward. Since the beginning of 2011 I had plans of having a product/service of my own and I spent good part of the year re-thinking and being afraid of failure. I can’t deny I learned and accomplished many things along the way but still I couldn’t muster the courage to go into something bigger. Just now in December I decided to get over it and launched my own service and for my big surprise it is going fantastic and much better than I though it would be. I am so grateful for it, for my true friends who inspired me to go ahead and for all the wonderful people like you who helped to clear my vision.

In 2012 I am committed to being focused and following the path for my dreams. I am laying out what I have to do to get there I promise to myself to take action, be courageous, positive and not let fears and self-limiting beliefs to interfere my way. I also want to do whatever I can to help others fell inspired and to get success in what they wish to accomplish.

Thank you for all!

For you and everyone reading this post I wish a Wonderful and Prosperous 2012!


Fathi Ridwan Basalamah December 31, 2011 at 6:14 am

Question #1: In reflecting on this last year, what am I truly grateful for?
I am grateful for myself for obtaining a new knowledge and skill as a Therapist and related skills, plus Modern Complementary Alternative Medicine, etc, etc….

Question #2: In reflecting on this last year, what am I consciously letting go of?
Of course my new skill give me more confidence to help myself and others, a sense of feeling important is growing.

Question #3: Who am I committed to being in 2012?
More challenges to practice, and be a professional based on my new knowledge and skills, marketing it, and many to mentions of course…

As the New year is about to blossom, I wish you great time ahead, and may u achieve all that u wish for …….. Happy New Year 2012 !!

Fathi Ridwan Basalamah


carla December 31, 2011 at 6:14 am

what am I grateful for?
I am so very grateful for my children and their love and support. Being a 49 year old widow (of four years now) I am finally learning to accept and grieve my loss. My life crumbled and my belief system along with it. For this past year I have been retraining my brain, raising my vibration, surrounding myself with positive people and loved ones who are supportive. I have gone from 150,000.00 a year income comfortably working part time to being homeless, sleeping in a car (until I lost that too). The story is long unbelievable and very sad BUT Im BACK! Ive done everything I know to do in order to heal and then to move from survival to thriving. Ive gotten back to work, found a room mate situation that I can afford and in just a few weeks I move into my own place. I lost my license through my journey to insanity and back and am about to get it back within the next month and will then work to buy another car. This year I am grateful for my kids who took in their emotionally devestated and mentally ill mother, supported her while gaining the professional help and spiritual help needed to live again. Im thankful that my brain still works and can be retrained and strengthened. Im thankful for hot water, electricity and a warm comfortable bed to climb into every night. Im thankful for the new baby our family is expecting and for my new found ability to care about life again. Im down to the CORE OF GRATITUDE and that’s great because each day I climb a little higher, move a little faster and more sure footed. And Im thankful for people like you Katie who once Im a little more on my feet I am looking forward to purchasing programs from and riding the wave of success!

what am I letting go of?
This year I commit to letting go of the fears I have created inside .. fear of lack, fear of abandon, fear of loneliness. I commit to letting go of any people who no longer serve me in positive ways and to situations/environments that are holding me back. I am letting go of blindness and avoidance and any sense of fear or irresponsibility that leads to lack in any way.

what am I committed to in 2012?
I am committed to using NLP , LOA techniques every day in order to move higher in energy, vibrate faster within my cells, lose fears, build confidence and self esteem and so much more. I am committed to eating healthy, drinking water, strengthening my Pineal Gland and working in a positive direction toward my own happy successful healthy life. Im committed to being a great mom and a fantastic grand mother to my children , my grand daughter and the new baby to come. Im committed to creating enough income to live comfortably (which is a far far way from the past four years) Im committed to my amazing job that allows me to work from home, create tons of money, help many other people and to be on top of my game financially and spiritually. I love my job and I am remembering this every single day. Im committing to making my online work once again become my livelihood and I am certainly on my way!!!
Thanks for all you do.. your blogging as encouraged and empowered me and I simply cannot wait to order program/workshops etc from you by March of this year of 2012~~~


Joe December 31, 2011 at 6:15 am

Thanks for the very timely advice, Katie!

I’ve been meaning to journal more, and to take action on all my ideas. You really nailed it with your remarks on courage. It’s time to be courageous and take action on many fronts in my life, and your message really helps me realize where I need work.

Peace and prosperity;


Anda December 31, 2011 at 6:24 am

What am I truly grateful for in 2011?
I am grateful for my life in general – for my loving husband, my children. I am grateful for my courage to follow my dream of becoming a teacher. I am grateful for me not giving up in my ethical fashion business. I am grateful for finding Katie Freiling on internet – very inspirational, Katie! :)

What am I consciously letting go of?
It has often been hard for me to say “no” to requests mad by others as a result of that I have often ended up doing something that I don’t want. This year I have consciously been teaching myself to say “no” whenever I feel that I don’t really want to do something – I haven’t still mastered this skill completely but I am determined not to let go before I am the only master of my decisions.

Who am I committed to being in 2012?
I want to devote myself more to my family, I want to bring more love into the world by helping those who need it and teaching others to do the same. The world can be happy and beautiful only then when we do something about it ourselves.
Anda´s last blog post ..Be Motivated Today


Sheila Pennington December 31, 2011 at 6:25 am

Thanks I enjoyed your message very much! I have been changing the way I view things in my life for the past year and thus I have had a wonderful 2011! I found that when I stopped trying to make everything happen the way I wanted it and started being grateful for what I had then visioned what I would like to have things got a lot better. I developed a closer walk with GOD and began to see more of the power of his blessings in my life, the more I trust in HIM the better my life has become. I am turning loose of all the old things and people that have held me back because I didnt want to hurt feelings while my feelings were ignored. I will not intentionaly hurt anyone but I will not put anyone ahead of what is best for myself and my immediate family. I too and frustrated with my lack of continual organization and am commited to changing that in my new home it is a gradual change that will last the rest of my life. As I begin yet another new year I am making a consciesous effort to put procrastination behind me I know this will be difficult but when I realize it’s hapening I am commited to stopping and doing what ever is at hand that needs to be done to make a positive change in my life, home and finances. I am looking forward to a truley more blessed and prospurose 2012. Thank you for your e-mails

Love and hapiness,
Sheila Pennington


Amanda Marie December 31, 2011 at 6:44 am

Hello beautiful!
It’s so great to hear from you and I’m glad your having such an amazing adventure. Are you sure this post isn’t a letter to me? Wow, we have more in common than I thought. I personally have been in the process of simplifying my goal-setting for 2012 as well in order to be more focused and as you mentioned not be so “hard on myself”, as I make my way through the year.

I’ve got more than plenty to be thankful for, my business has gone from practically zero to 6-figures over 2011 and my life has been blessed with COUNTLESS amazing friends, business partners, opportunities, and new life experiences.

Question #2 was where our similarities REALLY aligned. No kidding in my goals for 2012 which I already have written, I am also working on letting go of my bad habit of being unorganized throughout my day, as well as an un-serving habit of procrastination that has stayed with me since my school days. I can also be very hard on myself and am working toward creating daily habits that will keep me grounded, accepting, and loving myself.

In 2012 I am committed to becoming more courageous as you mentioned above. I literally have that EXACT word spelled out in my goals. Courage just like you said is what will allow us to become the entrepreneurs we want to be. To step up to the plate, get uncomfortable, and achieve those financial goals we’ve set for ourselves.

Thank you for this post today! It’s great to hear from you and hope to see you soon in the New Year!

~Amanda Marie
Amanda Marie´s last blog post ..Investing Into Your Business – What Does That Mean… Really?


Adelina December 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

I’m grateful for people like you who keeps us inspired inspite of the hindrances we encounter in our business. Am thankful to the good Lord for givng me good health and safety in my travels to meet with my team members in Canada the US & in the Phlippines.

I have decided to let go of indecisions. This has held me back in my business growth as I network outside the internet. Am still challenged by it while my great grandchildren whiz with it comfortably. I have to be more sociable to meet more people that I can help as my products USANA have tremendous health benefits to those that stay on it.

I intend to be more courageous in growing my business and help my team build their team because I believe that the more I help them the more we all will benefit. I also feel that the more financially able we are the more we can share our blessings to those in need.

Connecting with the universe is a great inspiration to all of us, I believe. Keep up the good work, Katie and may God continue to bless you in 2012 and on..


Mike Vondruska December 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

Just wanted to convey that I appreciate you for selflessly sharing your honest insights on how to design a productive and fulfilling life. I especially enjoy your encouraging enthusiasm and of course, your effervescent smile.
Happy Travels!


Alecia December 31, 2011 at 8:01 am

Great questions that allow you to really reflect and look into what you are grateful for and change.
Alecia´s last blog post ..Career Planning: Finding and Creating Your Dream Career


patricio December 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

Hi Katie.

What a wonderfull human being you are!!!. Not only are you beautifull on the outside but your inner beauty is refreshing.
Im gratefull for so many things. I thank god each and every day for my health,friends and family.

Im letting go of old habits that are holding my growth on several planes.

Im commited to be the best that i can be Physically,Mentally,Spiritually.
To help others find themselselves.to not fear succsess

May god bless you and everyone else on this planet and the universe

Thanks Katie




Tony Crane December 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hey Katie:

Thanks for sharing this post with me! This is a great idea!

My answer to Question# 1: I’m grateful for my family who looks out for me, for the great friends I already had and the new ones i made over the year! And for the connection with friends over the internet, via Facebook or Twitter( and yes, that includes you Katie)!

For Question #2: I have SO much to let go of! 1.)Indecisions: This held me back from making decisions that would have changed my life like joining you in the “Cash in on YOu program back in the summer among others. 2.) Over-thinking everything and not just acting on it! There are others but there’s not enough time to explain it here.(i’ll send the rest personally by email)

And for question #3: Just like you Katie, I also need to be more courageous and try new things I haven’t been able to do and to be non-judgemental and compassionate to people and to myself! And always putting my intentions to some kind of service, so I can bring more happiness to the world!

And that’s my journal! Have fun on your journey and Happy New year to my wonderful and even so Magical friend..you Katie! Love ya!



moemoney December 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

That’s for the kind words! I will look at 2012 as a starting part of making everyday better. Helping other people to live their great lives!


Betsy Allen December 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Thank you Katie for sharing your journal writing with us! It is inspiring to see someone look in the mirror and be completely honest where she feels she needs to make changes. Your successes last year have shown your unwavering determination and your ability to be an inspiring action taker. Because of you, others have been able to achieve their dreams. So thank you from your dear old friend from Vegas and your peer in the online community for being true to YOU! Happy New Year Katie! 2012 is gonna rock!
Betsy Allen´s last blog post ..“5 Diamond” Success-If you lack this one trait you can kiss success Goodbye!


Neseret December 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hi Katie,

I love keeping journal as well. It means a lot when someone is willing to share their journal and innermost thoughts. Thank you for sharing!

2011 has been a year of great change and transformation for me. I’m truly thankful for all the lessons I’ve learned about myself, and life in general. I’m grateful for my partner and his unwavering support through thick and thin. I’m thankful for my 8 year old daughter who is a great teacher in my life. I feel so blessed to have friends who accept and love me for who I am. There are many more things I’m grateful for but these are at the top of my list.

Things I need to let go in my life…

– unnecessary clutter
– being too hard on myself
– too much work and no play – I want to create more balance
– unplanned spending

Who am I comitted to being in 2012

In this coming year my first priority is “being” and not “doing”. I do not have any New Year’s resolutions, instead I want to spend my time focusing my attention on the things I feel passionate about. My hope is to be able to use my gifts and talents in the service of others. I love my work as a mental health nurse. I also enjoy blogging. I’m greteful to have the opportunity to be able to work in both of these areas.

Wishing you many blessings and Peace in the New Year!

Peace, Love & Gratitude,

Neseret´s last blog post ..The Best Goal is No Goal


Luke Shavak December 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hey Katie!

I’m grateful this year for the amount I’ve grown and for the really amazing people in my life. I climbed 3/4 of Mt. Everest which was an amazing experience and challenge.. although I don’t recommend it!! ha ha…

I’m letting go of the need to always try to please everyone.. This really doesn’t work!? I broke up with my band of 5 years which was really hard, but it had to be done. I’m also letting go of past relationships which really just don’t serve me to even think about them anymore.

This year I’m really committed to making a success with my Internet network marketing business. I’ve been committed before but it really does feel different this time. A beautiful woman would be nice as well!! 😉

Thanks for your always amazing blog posts Katie.. and for being such a star!!

Happy new year to you!!



Fiona December 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Thankyou Katie for your post both wonderful and insightful, my reflection is to be more courageous too, face my fears which is an illusion created by negative imagination and can hold me back in so many areas of my life! Love and light ! Fiona 😉


Peter Wagner January 1, 2012 at 4:23 am

Dear Katie,
In this moment I am just grateful for your presence and inspiration as I hadnt yet fully contemplated the beginning of another conceptual span in time, that is yet one more chance to create the simple yet fullfilling life filled with love, joy and happiness that I seek. All of what you look at for this coming year sound like things that we all need to take stock of, and by doing so will create a sense of purpose and direction that will eminate from our very souls. “To take full responsibility, without blaming or justifying, we empower ourselves to become the “change-makers” of our own lives. In choosing to let go of what’s no longer working or serving us, we clear out the “static”, hit the re-set button, and make space for what we DO want”.! Not always easy or comfortable, but definitely necessary to create that space.
So I myself need to be an “inspired action taker” and move into the flow of a life, guided by spirit and with total gratitude for each and every moment.
Living in Oz, just west of Byron Bay, I am blessed.
So Thanks Katie and Lets get into it, learn and step up.
Love Pete..
Ps. Here are some rules that may also help,


Renee J Mack January 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Question #1: In reflecting on this last year, what am I truly grateful for?

You, Katie encouraging others the way I like to encourage others. We are sisters in unconditional love and compassion. Also, I am grateful for all the people in my life and the new ones who come into my life. And a sister, who miraculously called me yesterday, that I haven’t had contact with for a long time due to unusual circumstances. I am grateful for all of God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and, blessings, and His Son He sent to save us (John 3:16) over 2000 years ago.

Question #2: In reflecting on this last year, what am I consciously letting go of?

Everything. Not allowing myself to think about anything that is not lining up with The Holy Word of God. What divine peace there is when I (and others too) do this? Because He says “6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7

Question #3: Who am I committed to being in 2012?

More and more like Jesus in what I say and do. In particular, forgiving quickly, loving my enemies and blessing them. Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you. And as He says, we are to do and cultivating/maintaiing more healthy relationships.

Katie, enjoy your travels. It’s a fantastic time in your life, grab and savor every moment. You will cherish these memories forever.


Murigi January 2, 2012 at 1:53 am

Hello Katie,
Happy 2012. Your post is a challenge to most of us who make new year resolutions and as you rightly say, they never see the light of February. To make matters worse they are more often than not just in the mind. Going to question #1. Personally I am grateful for 2011 for it is one year I managed to finally close shop on a business that was getting nowhere and which should have been closed much earlier but I lacked the courage. This has opened my eyes to more promising opportunities. Question #2. I am letting go of the idea of doing things for the sake of it. I am worth much more. Question #3. I am committed to utilizing my full potential in all ways and especially in things that I love doing; cementing my relations, having a productive online presence and being just me without an unhealthy pressure of being anybody else but of course emulating the drive and determination of some of my mentors like Katie Freiling.
Best wishes in your spiritual journey.


JOE VERA January 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Each day when I wake and place my bare feet on the ground, I give gratitude
for that special facet of my life that needs recognition….something I learned from
another modern-day guru.
You are doing wonderful work and inspiring a whole new generation as well as
reminding us all of the importance of having clarity and giving love.
Peace, love and joy,


Beth Reacher aka The Career Stylist January 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

This is a really useful approach on reflection + intention setting Katie- so much more thought provoking + powerful than the usual “new year resolutions” so many of us tend to make on the bases of what we think we should do/want rather than on our true desires + inner wisdom.
An approach I take with my clients that helps them get amazing clarity on how far they’ve come, what they’ve learnt + who they want to become is to assess their life as though it were a book, + they are the lead character in it. I get them to imagine 2011 as a chapter in the book- what was the theme? How did the main character (her or him!) learn? Then we look ahead to chapter 2012- what do they want the theme to be? What’s the meaning? What are the potential challenges + how can they deal with them? It’s a great way to step outside of themselves + get crystal clear clarity whilst engaging with their deep inner wisdom…
Also totally agree re. the power of gratitude. It is a wonderful, joyful practice that is so simple yet literally life changing. Personally I have a gratitude book where I write down everything I’m grateful for + keep it on me wherever I go, it’s like my bible. Just flicking through lifts my energy instantly + gets me feeling connected again + in my power zone :)
Happy New Year !

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Sergio Felix January 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hello Katie,

Being particularly new to the “Internet Marketing Game” my questioning for this time of year is the following:

If I spent the whole 2011 testing things out and identifying what works and what not and now I’m saying I’m ready to start actually working by applying the knowledge I received on 2011, What is everyone else doing who have more years than me on Internet Marketing?

Of course, instead of trying to figure out what the rest are doing I prefer to focus on my own growth.

1. In reflecting on this last year, what am I truly grateful for?

Testing, trying, failing and getting bitten as much as I could, I don’t think I have enough thick skin yet but I can instantly identify a good marketer from a bad one.

Same goes for products, businesses in boxes, etc.

2. In reflecting on this last year, what am I consciously letting go of?

Aiming for perfection, I’m just going to get things done and let go of the clutter in my life (both digital and physical).

I recommend to read The Minimalists: Live a Meaningful Life too, amazing book on that subject!

3. Who am I committed to being in 2012?

The better version that has ever existed of me. I have even signed to run the NY Marathon this year (I have never ran any more than 13.2 mi in my life before)

Really cool reading your article Katie, I wish you all the best and that you reach even higher on your goals for this 2012, take good care, speak soon! 😉

Sergio Felix´s last blog post ..2012 Goals And Perspectives


Viola Tam January 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Hi Katie,

I only came to know you recently through Tosin Adeoti’s blog (http://TosinMLMExpert.com). I am really blessed to have connected with you. Thank you for sharing so much of your BEING here.

I am looking forward to stretching even more in 2012. Blogging is one of the areas to work on for this year. My goal is to have an average of 50 people leaving comments on my blog post. I am committed to providing valuable contents and taking other actions to reach that goal.

Once more, THANK YOU for everything from you. I have yet to read and digest the 45-page Social Media Wealth Manifesto from you. Another round of thank you from the bottom of my heart, Katie :)

I believe you have had an awesome time with your Aussie friends :)

Viola Tam (from Sydney)
Viola Tam´s last blog post ..Network Marketing Success Tips from Leaders – Part 1:Brian Tracy


Brandi Sharkey January 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

In reflecting on this year, what am I truly grateful for?
What am I truly grateful for?…..the opportunity for a second chance. My husband and I divorced 5 years ago; then in ’09 we got back together and in May of this year we were remarried. Our marriage is based on different circumstances and built on a much stronger foundation this time around.
I am grateful for the growth I went through this year. On many occasions I had some dark shadows held up in front of me, things I needed to face but I was able to do so….not only ABLE to do so, but actually DID. I have also grown much spiritually as well, and my path means a great deal to me.
I have found it much easier to follow through on commitments I have made, and much easier to commit to things period. I have never trusted myself or that others to wanted me, so I always found it hard to commit to doing anything, but I have slowly grown enough to do so…and I am very grateful for that.
Lastly, I am grateful for my family….blood and non-blood. With their love and support, I feel I really can succeed.

In reflecting on this year, what am I consciously letting go of?
I am a professional at procrastination….as in, if it were a career, that would be my 5 figure income!!!! I am committed to doing things more closely to “immediately” and further from “later”.
I also have a bad habit of living in the dream world more than in the real world. It seems easier and safer to just dream about success, and to build the world/life I want in a place where everything I want I get, and I can meet success without the fear and pain of failure. I am committed to bringing my ideas here and taking action to bring them to fruition…even if I do meet with failure.
I am also notorious for being my own nay-sayer. I will no longer be so though…I have already begun work on and will continue to say less Nays and many more Ayes.

Who am I committed to being in 2012?
I am committed to be a better me overall. I have already begun so many changes that I will continue to work on throughout 2012, that I know this statement is a bit vague, but necessary for me to put this way. Too long have I lived in the world of “I wish”, “I want to”, “I should”….I am committed to stepping into the world of “I am, I will, It is DONE!!!” This one commitment will transcend into every other aspect of my life/being and radiate the light to become the Better Person I wish to BE in 2012.


Nancy January 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thank you for sharing this blog.
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Millie January 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

Hi Katie!

It’s so nice to hear from you. We know that when we don’t, it’s because you’re doing something really exciting on the other side of the world! And I see from your blog post that you are really enjoying yourself out there. I am so happy for you and everything that you are able to LIVE!

Personally, every year since I’ve encovered network marketing has been a journey closer to who I want to be and what I want to experience in life. And I know 2012 is going to bring me much closer to my true self and much faster than ever before. I have never known that many things, and acted that much as at this moment. It’s part because of meeting you and Jonathan Budd. I am definitely grateful for inspiring me to the greatest.

Thank you for adding some powerful insights into the New Year’s Greetings!
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Ryan Martin January 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hey Katie,

I can always look to you for inspiration and wisdom. You are right about setting goals… they are good to have but it is more important who you become. Goals are just a way of stretching yourself into becoming a better person. They are great, but nothing if you do not step up to the challenge at hand.
Ryan Martin´s last blog post ..What Is The Best Blogging Platform For Network Marketers?


Jack Kapala January 4, 2012 at 11:13 am


As always you provide spot on advice. Those who use the goal setting process correctly not only look at the future, but analyse what did or did not happen in relation to previous goal setting exercises. Goals are a fluid , ever changing, foundation of those who are committed to achieve more in all areas of their life.
Jack Kapala´s last blog post ..Network Marketing Success – 7 Tips For Surefire Results


Viola Tam January 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Hi Katie,

Thank you so much for your wisdom, inspiration and generosity. I absolutely love your eBook (Social Media Wealth Manifesto).

This year, I am particularly grateful for the supportive online community. I have been able to connect with many like-minded entrepreneurs.

I agree with Ryan Martin that the important thing is about stretching ourselves. I am truly letting go of my ego. This allows me to really step up and follow the leaders!
My continual hard work in 2010 and early 2011 to implement my own team system has yielded only energy drain!

I am committed to mastering the online marketing skills (blogging in particular) so that I can be a leader to others both online and offline.

Thank you for your amazing post!

Viola Tam
Viola Tam´s last blog post ..Network Marketing Success Tips: Brian Tracy (2)


Shaun January 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

These are some really good tips.

I do would also that sitting down and journalling in great detail is the same as goal setting though.

Setting goals like “i want to lose weight” is not really a goal this is just something that you’d like… what you like is nice but you’re not going to get it because you don’t know what it looks like.


Sandro Marino January 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Katie,

Good on you for taking some serious time traveling. I went on sabbatical in 2004 and 1 year turned into 2 years, 2 years turned into 3 Years before I decide to share my travel experiences and started a business taking people to some of my favorite places in Argentina and Brazil :)

Question #1: In reflecting on this last year, what am I truly grateful for?
I’m grateful for realizing that the path I started in 2004 was the right one, and to continue to share the experiences that I love and that I’m passionate about.

Question #2: In reflecting on this last year, what am I consciously letting go of?
I’m letting go of the pain and disappointment of a failed relationship. I slipped back into thinking that because something may look good on the outside it should feel good on the inside, but looks are only skin deep and certain comprises are just not worth it. So I’m letting it go and keeping the faith that in the process of doing what I’m passionate about, the right person will come along.

Question #3: Who am I committed to being in 2012?
I’m recommitting to being the fearless flyer I decided to be coming out of coma in 1992. I had an amazing recovery and have extraordinary experiences ever since. Now, I not only have the courage to keep on keeping on with my passions in life, but am driven to share them with as many people as I possibly can. I’m committing to be an inspiration and motivator for all. If you want to be unstoppable, follow me!

Yours in courage, discovery and success!

Sandro Marino


Roger Silen January 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Very insightful article…. gratitude… Renewal …then Focus.. love it…

… I am grateful for my budding business and amazing business partners…

…I’m letting go of over analysis… And letting go of the “I do not have time baby, I’m busy!!” allowing myself to enjoy the things in life that matter!

…and in 2012 I am committed to being a quick decision maker.. Better to make a decision and have it be the wrong one then not make a decision at all. Also committed to becoming a more consistent servant leader who always leads by example…

2012 will be YOUR best year ever


Dennis January 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm


Thank you for sharing this exercise, it is a great strategy to setting realistic goals for the new year, as well as being able to appreciate the past year. I think it’s easy to approach “goal setting” as something where we just write down how incredible 2012 is going to be… How I’m going to “Crush It” this year… Yes it sounds good, but without perspective does it really even matter.

I like #2 the best. Often times it’s better to focus on what we should let go of, rather than what we are going to add.

Looking at my list, the new year definitely appears a lot clearer. Looking forward to it!
Dennis´s last blog post ..The Anatomy of an Effective Sales Funnel Model


Golda Smith January 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Katie-

I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us in such a personal way. You have a way with words that make it very clear that you truly care. One of the things I’m most grateful for this past year has been the ability to connect with some powerful and caring teachers and leaders who have and are helping me develop into a stronger and better individual and business person. Thanks again for sharing your story.

Golda Smith´s last blog post ..Get More Done In Business and Life without Getting Overwhelmed, Overworked and Frustrated


Rose Goddess January 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

1. what am I truly grateful for? Soooooo much to be grateful for! Biggest thing is that we manifested my man working from home. It’s so awesome to have him around!

2. what am I consciously letting go of? I think letting go of my own “messy” patterns is good, but also letting go of my judgment as being wrong for it. http://www.rosegoddessbliss.com/un-domesticated-goddess

3. Who am I committed to being in 2012? I am committing to be fun, have fun, take care of myself. No need to accomplish so much. This year I chose to enjoy life!!
Rose Goddess´s last blog post ..Hammock Heaven ~ A Real Life Fairy Tale


Damayanthi January 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

1. What am I truly grateful for? My husband, who encourages me and inspire me no matter what. All the teachers I learn from online including you Katie.

2. What am I consciously letting go of? – My habit of procrastination

3. Who am I being committed to being in 2012 ? – Massive Action Taker!

Many thanks for posting this Katie & wish you a fantastic 2012!

Damayanthi´s last blog post ..Are Your Behaviors and Patterns Making You or Keeping You From Achieving Your Dreams?


Peter Donelan January 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hey there Katie,
what a wonderful page full of words from you, through your friends to the outside world, really amazing, to Ed, I would say KEEP reading and BELIEVING the LORD is
kind and merciful. Keep believing, help will arrive, just be ready for it.
Katie you are truly wonderful, beautiful inside and out , you know what to say when to say it and how. I have changed since first reading your writings, blogs, or what they maybe termed.
I look forward to growing through your words,
.love, blessings, and the warmth of the sun on your back



Ellen Stebbins January 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

Gratitude is key! Thanks for sharing!


Marilyn Kay February 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

Reading this post came at exactly the right time for me. Last night I took Tony Robbins questionnaire profiling my strengths and weaknesses. My profile was uncannily similar to questions 2 and 3. I do self-sabotage and over-analyze before taking decisive action. You put it so well and made it real to me. Thanks for sharing your vulnerabilities and your solutions.
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Jay Allyson March 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

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