Lessons from a book i heard: #girlboss & Sigils

Since it's a new year, everybody is talking about resolutions. Make 'em, don't make 'em, learn how to keep 'em, whatever. But what are resolutions really about, and why do we care so much about them?

New year's resolutions are about visualizing the life you'd like to be living for the next year, and trying to achieve that goal by changing something about your current state. Whether it's to stop shopping so much, to be more patient, or to go to the gym regularly, by valentine's day we've all forgotten that we've even made the resolution. And remember that coming year in your life that you had visualized? What ever happened to the reason you made the resolution in the first place?

Today, we're all going to take a lesson from #GIRLBOSS. If you haven't heard of #GIRLBOSS, here's the deal- it's an autobiographical account of how Sophia Amoruso went from being a directionless & rebellious young adult, to the owner of Nasty Gal, a multi-million dollar online clothing company, all within a matter of years. I listened to the audio version, and it wasn't bad.


So, how is #GIRLBOSS going to help you achieve your goals for 2015? Sigils. That's right. What is a sigil? Wikipedia says that it's a "symbolic representation of the magician's desired outcome." We are the magicians here, and the sigils are abstract words that symbolize our goals. A quick Google search also told me that sigils "are a low-magick technique which will not fail to get you exactly what you need." Sounds good to me, and I like how they spelled it "magick."

Sophia's instructions for creating your Sigil: 

"Think of a word, then remove the duplicate letters and vowels, and do whatever you want."

For example, my goal could be: Live the Spoiled Rotten Life in 2015

The Sigil for this becomes: Lvthspdrnlf15 (but you can do whatever you want)

Sophia suggests that we use our Sigils as our Internet passwords. She writes, "Every time I go to log in anywhere, I’m subtly reminding myself of what I’m working for. This ensures that when I’m bogged down with day-to-day bureaucracy and details, I don’t lose sight of what I really want."

I just think this is really lovely! Combine a bit of magick, some heart, your e-mail, and be reminded of what you really want in life, pretty much constantly. And subtly. Next September, when you might otherwise have forgotten that your "resolution" was to run a marathon, you will never forget. Because every time you log in to Tinder (is that a thing? I don't use Tinder) you have to type "DSMTHNGWTHYRLYFERUNMORE2015." I didn't remove all the vowels so that you don't spend all day cracking that code. Maybe I'll make my facebook password something like "GETFFTHINTERNT." That could be very helpful. This is kind of like creating secret online vanity plates for our visions for the year. 2015, I'm comin' for you!

*Worst-case Ontario, this has zero impact on your life, but at least it's a good habit to change your password every so often, and this one will probably be hard to crack?

It'll probably work, though. Happy life-envisioning/goal-setting! xo