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Rich. Incredibly rich.

Sound good for 2016?

Wait – it’s not what you think.

“Intention” sounds idyllic, but being intentional or working with intention is much more than casual, wishful thinking. The definition is “a thing intended; an aim or plan”, even “the healing process of a wound.” We’ll talk about creating powerful intentions in this month’s series, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride.

The idea of being incredibly rich popped up on a Pinterest board one day. The post actually read, “My goal is to be filthy rich. Rich in adventure, in health, in knowledge, in laughter, in family and in love.”

Take a minute to read it again. As you take another look, what lifts your spirit? Do you want a ticket to more laughter? Love? Adventure? Wisdom? If your endpoint is a meaningful life rather than a pile of possessions, would you change how you start?

Instantly leaping into a guilt-ridden, fix-it mentality is so last year. Buddhist nun Pema Chodron encourages, “We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves – the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds – never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are a blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”

It took Vela quite a while to be fully awake. A talented designer, she joined a small shop in Austin. For years, it was the perfect fit. They had a casual atmosphere, happy hour on Friday afternoons, and plenty of corporate marketing work to keep them busy.

Vela began creating pictures for her daughter to go along with the Mexican stories she told. By the time her daughter entered kindergarten, Vela had a bin full of drawings. Somehow, she couldn’t throw them away. A crazy idea hit her – is this just for kicks? Vela admitted to her husband, “I think illustrating children’s books might be the next step for me. I like my job, but I can’t spend the next 20 years of my life only investing in someone else’s dreams.”

This week, let your imagination run free as you get a new vision. Postpone taking action on the thousand resolutions already clogging your social media feed.

Maybe you’ll decide to switch up your office hours. You’ll book an outdoor adventure and stop thinking of the vacation time piling up as “someday”. You’ll no longer sleepwalk through the grocery store. Instead, you’ll choose only the freshest, healthiest foods you can find. And perhaps you’ll release a single-mindedness that just isn’t working. Like Vela, opening yourself to Divine wisdom might give you the one big idea that could change your life.

This is the time to shift so you can be incredibly rich and fully awake. Are you ready to take a big ride in 2016? Buckle up.