Awaken The New Year 2019

Written by Dr. Perry, PhD
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“I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.” ~Theodore Roethke

I enjoy waking up before my alarm clock and laying in silence, surrounded by the familiar comfort of my home. I am an active dreamer both in sleep and in life. Often I wake in the middle of a dream and am left to wonder what was in the next scene. Within the safety of my dreams, I  soar through the clouds and climb every mountaintop, all in a single night.

There is always a second of excitement when I open my eyes and become aware that I am awake and no longer dreaming. I am always overjoyed to be alive. My dreams are fantastic, but life is just more of everything. As I take a deep breath I slowly become aware of my body as my essence fills my arms and legs. Not fully awake, my brain slowly fires up as I start to go over what I have planned for the day. In this semi-awake state, safely cocooned in my blanket, I feel I can conquer the world. I allow my mind to wander, cradled by the quiet of the room. Slowly, the veil of sleep is lifted and it’s time to face the world.

This past year has given me both pain and joy; not in equal amounts. Life is an ever-changing blend of sweet and sour. Sometimes it parallels the sweetness of honey and other times it can be as sour as a lemon. It is easy to become overwhelmed when we think of the frailty of life. Every day of our lives we have one foot stepping forward into the unknown while the other momentarily remains suspended in the past. Life is a flux of constant energy in motion. We grasp for it, only to momentarily hold onto it, as it slips away.

I wish I had the ability to suspend the forward motion of time. I would choose to live in certain moments of my life; only moving on when I was completely ready to do so. Sadly, life does not allow us to hit the pause or replay button. Every moment blooms and wilts replaced by countless others. We must treat our time with reverence and not waste it foolishly. Life should be lived consciously and not in a state of reverie.

Although it is fleeting, life with all its layers of complexity is more than any dream. I would much rather spend my life awake; facing challenges and engaging with others than asleep in the safety of a dream. This coming year I am setting the intention to engage in conscious living. I am not going to allow my life to be overshadowed by my dreams.

What intention are you setting for the new year?

Thank you for reading,
Dr. Perry


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202 responses to Awaken The New Year 2019

  1. Luckyone says:

    Beautiful post.I love it. It’s very poetic. Next year I am setting the intention tone more physically active. I want to be as healthy as I can be!

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  2. LostinLalaland says:

    I want 2019 to be the year that I establish healthy boundaries and put myself first. Thank you for all you do Dr. Perry. This is a beautifully written post❤️

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  3. George says:

    My hope for this year is to be more present. I love my life and am grateful for health. I am healthy and those I love are healthy. This is a true gift and I know that anything can change at any time. I want to continue being healthy and cherishing every day. Thank you for this thought provoking read Dr. Perry.

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  4. Philip Abang says:

    Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it is simply beautiful. Please permit me to borrow a paragraph or two, to post on my site as part of my love for great words and quote (My ‘Hello Quote’ project). And of course it will be credited to Yours, Dr Perry 😉

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  5. Sunnytimes says:

    Lovely post Dr. Perry. I wish you a fantastic New Year. May the universe reward you for your service. I hope to be more compassionate with myself in 2019. Thank you

    Liked by 8 people

  6. Freya says:

    I love your posts Dr. Perry. You are always reminding me to value my life a little more than I did before reading. Thank you for that. It’s priceless to me💗

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  7. Last year, I didn’t set any intentions, really, or make any resolutions. This was not in my best interest. I have a lot I want to accomplish this coming year, but the biggest thing of all is to stop allowing fear to curb me- it has kept me from so much, and I have allowed it. I am soooo strong. I truly believe I can have the life of my dreams with just a few minor adjustments, and the letting go of fear and insecurity. I’m excited to move forward! This is going to be a wonderful year. 🙂

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  8. Josh says:

    Beautifully written post! My intentions for next year are to be more present, meditate more and appreciate the moments. Life is fleeting, so we should it while we can.

    Liked by 9 people

  9. In 2019 I will be actively seeking out joy in my life.

    Happy New Year to you and thank you for your sharing and encouragement. Your insight has been much appreciated this past year.

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  10. This is so beautiful, very poetic and very wise. I would like to become less sedentary in 2019 and healthier – hopefully give up smoking cigarettes, which is a big challenge for me. And overall to take better care of my health on all levels, emotional, mental, and spiritual as well. If I get better at taking care of myself it follows I will be able to take better care of others. I really love this post. Thank you for sharing it.

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  11. I enjoyed this post! You help me to keep my life in perspective and to focus on the positive. Funny, but there is a lot of things to be positive about and fewer things to dwell on when you change your focus! 🙂 I recently told my son to let this past year go, don’t continue to live in it, but learn from it and move forward. As for 2019 – I intent to spend lots of time giggling and sharing hugs with my grandson (he’s just a month old), enjoy my time with my youngest before she ventures off into her own world (she’s 16) and to help my son as best I can to continue to live in sobriety and to appreciate this life we have. Happy New and Joyous Year to you!!

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful intentions! Happy New Year to you and your family✨

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  12. Beautiful post and thank you for sharing Dr. Perry. Your posts always reminds me to stay grounded and to pursue my goals to the very end. I haven’t really thought about what my intentions are for the upcoming year cause there’s a few I want to accomplish. I hope you have a good rest of the week. 😊

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      • arsenedk says:

        i found the timing of your posts amazing , because they seem to always come out at the exact moment i need them. I have been thinking about time a lot lately and i am happy to know that i am not the only daydreamer. The paragrapgh that starts with “i wish…..reverie” , describes everything i have come to realize in a way the last few moths, so that is my revolution, manage, appreciate and be more conscious of the ways i am spending time.

        thanks and i wish you happy holidays!!!

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  13. debnew2011 says:

    Awakening the New year 2019, beautifully written post, Dr Perry. Great reminder for me to stay in the present and slow down. I’m so grateful for your wisdom and counsel. Blessings to you!

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  14. jonicaggiano says:

    I love your post. Focusing on the here and now is so important because of how quickly time flies by especially when we get older and hopefully wiser. Thank you for that insightful and beautifully written advice. If we could all practice this think what a brighter world we would be living in.

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  15. Mike Hartley says:

    Thoughtful post. One of my best friends always encourages us to live more in the moment and I know I need to do that more especially as we age. I know we appreciate each day but how we utilize is very important. In the coming year I’d like to expand my love for family and friends. I’d love to create more photos, stories and carvings. And I hope to get a better work life balance. Sometimes the job wears me out, so that it affects my off time where I’m pursing these things.

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  16. Californiagirl says:

    Beautiful post! I really love it. I want to say thank you Dr. Perry. Your post are always positive and they force me to look at my life. I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and I hope you continue to write your blog. I know you don’t get paid for writing this which makes it that much more awesome🙌🏽

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  17. I.B. says:

    Hello Dr. Perry! I am a long time email subscriber and I have to say I am enjoying following you in your journey. I have to say your writing has evolved. It’s more soulful❤️ My intention for next year is to stay healthy and be positive no matter what life throws at me. I wish you a wonderful New Year and I looked forward to reading your blog. Thank you.

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  18. Runninggirl says:

    Thank you for this amazing post! My intention is to run 10 half marathons. I want to be as healthy as I can be and running keeps me strong and sane!

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  19. Nomoretoxicity says:

    Great post. I hope you keep it up so I have accountability. Sadly, my intention is to distance myself from my family. They unfortunately are super toxic to me. Whenever I am around them I feel sick. I feel it’s my body telling me something. I have experienced a lot of trauma at the hands of family members so it’s time to move on. Thank you for writing your blog. Many times when I feel down I know I can read one of your posts and it gives me hope. Thank you.

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  20. I loved this post and thank you for it. I am still working on my intention for the new year but I know it will involve being more present in the moment and being kinder to myself. Definitely taking some chances.

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  21. Joanne says:

    Beautiful post Dr Perry. Life is So short and I am not wasting anymore of it. I wish you a prosperous and healthy 2019!

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  22. I like this post very much, Dr. Perry. I was just thinking as I was driving to visit family, at the end of this year 2018…how what we call the future is always transforming into the past right before our eyes. And the brief nanoseconds that we call the present–are what we miss so often–focusing too much either on the past or the future.

    Like you, I too, desire to spend this year enjoying the moments we are in.

    May your New Year be filled with joy!

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      You are most welcome. Thank you for sharing your intention. I wish you a New Year of growth, happiness and health✨

      Liked by 1 person

  23. If I could go back in time, I would embrace contemplation followed by action with more fervor, but since I can’t go back, my intention is to use the future to do so. Happy and Productive New Year!

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  24. dbl04b says:

    Life is definitely fleeting. I intend to not focus on my personal struggles this coming year. I’ve lost years of simply enjoying my daughter, she is two now. I will not repeat the same mistake of working to the point of exhaustion. I am grateful to see this early in her life and not when she is an adult with her own family.

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  25. I have read this post several times taking in the beauty and enormity of your words. This is definitely my favorite post as magic seems to dance in it. In 2019, I will waken a better me, not let fear take control. Happy New Year!🎇

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      Thank you so much Lisa! Your
      Comment made my day. I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!✨

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  26. Sophia says:

    Such a beautifully written blog. My hope for next year is to put myself first. I am ready to leave 2018 behind!

    Liked by 6 people

  27. Inspirational. I hope 2019 will be a year of continued blessings, as I have been very blessed. I am thankful for my journey. Gratitude is the best attitude. I wake thankful every day. Happy New Year.

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      Happy New Year Toni. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Indeed gratitude is the best attitude!✨

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  28. Starrynight says:

    Magical. This post is just so beautiful. Sharing on Facebook. Thank you Dr. Perry. Happy New Year and may the universe continue you blessing you⭐️

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  29. KellyH says:

    I love it! Very Poetic post! I love the quote you used. My intention for next year is to be more present in my life before it’s too late.Happy NewYear!

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  30. My intention for 2019 is to be healthy and keep writing. I loved this post! The ups and downs of life can take a lot out of us but being thankful for all the good things around us is so worth it. Thanks again for writing this post. 😁

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  31. I love this. Thank you for sharing. My intentions are to take my health seriously. I need to do more self-care. Happy New year to you and your family. Beautifully written blog post.

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  32. dianemoments says:

    I try to sum up each year in one little phrase – 2018 was year of the goal for me. 2019 is the year of connection- im going to prioritize my friends and family and a sense of connection with others and God. I also plan on getting off Facebook entirely.

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  33. spiritualafx says:

    I love your style of writing, resonates a lot with the mind of a Pisces! You’re right, my intention too is to live more in the moment, embrace the power of now and stop being so hung up on what could of been and what may be. Thank you universe for sending this beautiful post to me ~ Thank you Dr Perry. ✨

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  34. Aah, I can so relate to that wonderful, lingering feeling of early mornings! What did come to mind is that we may be able to suspend time if we are fully present in it! Remember how it felt when we were kids? Summer vacation lasted forever! I’ve experienced that under other circumstances, too, so it’s not like time always passes in the same way. 🙂 As for dreams, it seems to me that they can be both of the waking and sleeping kind, and they can both enrich our lives. At least that’s what it feels like to me! 😉 My intention for 2019 is to be as PRESENT as possible! Thank you for all your lovely blogs!

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    • Dr. Perry says:

      Beautifully said. Thank you so much for your sharing your intention with us. Have a wonderful day and Happy New Year✨

      Liked by 2 people

  35. Happyone says:

    I have to say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! All your posts are so positive. Keep up the good work! My intention for 2019 is to be as happy as I can be and enjoy every minute of my life. Thank you❤️

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  36. Nadine says:

    “Every moment blooms and wilts replaced by countless others. We must treat our time with reverence and not waste it foolishly. Life should be lived consciously and not in a state of reverie.” Love that.

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  37. The Fox says:

    I’ve been following a tradition of focusing on One Little Word in the coming year. I choose a word I want to embrace, get to know and live with. For 2019 my word is FEARLESS.

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  38. SalGallaher says:

    Such a well written beautiful post.
    My intentions are simply
    to love fully the people that matter to me, to not let fear stop me from partipate in life, to honour my body and live healthy and to establish regular writing and photography habits.
    Happy New Year!

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  39. Wokeinfrisco says:

    I intend to get rid of all my social media accounts and to be more present in my life. I appreciate your posts and blog so much. Thank you for all you do.

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  40. I think this is the most beautiful and compelling piece I’ve ever read. It couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. I too often feel as though one foot is in the future while the other in the past. I humbly thank you for this gorgeous thoughtful reminder of what life is really all about. Merry Christmas and I wish you the Happiest of New Years with much joy and happiness that equals (hopefully) the difficult moments that come your way.

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  41. Sarah says:

    Lovely post. I dream a lot too. My dreams inspire how I live and help me to give meaning to my “unexpected” life. My intentions for 2019 is to strive towards balance. I’ve always been an all or nothing gal, so it’s always been a challenge to live a balanced life one day at a time. I know that I must focus on the journey to get to the destination of balance (or something that looks like it), as well as forgive myself when I struggle.

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  42. Sarah Lea Stories says:

    I love this: “Every day of our lives we have one foot stepping forward into the unknown while the other momentarily remains suspended in the past.” On “I would choose to live in certain moments of my life; only moving on when I was completely ready to do so,” I can relate: my child is growing up so fast, I wish I could enjoy her a little longer at each age, but that’s what makes time so precious.

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  43. Mazoli_IC says:

    My New Year’s resolution will be no more waiting, no more one day or some day….life is too fleeting. I know that might sound corny but I lost my mom this year, and it just made me really think about what I want to do with the rest of my life. Thanks for a great post.

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  44. I love how your writing is so captivating and I read with intense ears and eyes. My intention for the New Year is to be true to myself and love who I am. Believing in myself is something I had struggled with for a long time, so after setting things in motion last year… 2019 will be my year to own who I am.

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  45. Socks in my Rocks says:

    I always love reading your work and am glad to see such wonderful writing that touches many hearts. Happy new year to you and yours and here’s to an amazing one full of conscious living ahead!

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  46. AlisonWem says:

    I love the New Year as it is full of so many possibilities. This year I am choosing to be more joyful and to enjoy even the small things in life like a walk in the park.

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  47. rachaelsink says:

    Beautiful post! My intentions for 2019 are to live in the present and be more grateful for life’s opportunities, and to attract abundance in business.

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  48. ConnieM. says:

    I absolutely love this post! I actually come back and read it every few days. I guess I should print it!

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  49. “I am not going to allow my life to be overshadowed by my dreams.” Nicely worded.
    Dreams like the heart deceive us. We have to use our mind and allow our heart to keep us kind. We use dreams to plan and switch off. Maybe.
    Mind trumps.

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  50. Edward Fagan says:

    Thank you for sharing this well written and insightful post. I’ve decided that for 2019 and beyond I’m going to spend all time and effort working to achieve what I want, rather than fighting against what I do not want.

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  51. Every year I try to aim for the same things which are quite unfortunate unable to happen. Someday things gonna fall in the right place until then keep it going 🙂
    I liked reading your article 🙂

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