Don’t you just love this time of the year? With Christmas passed, and the holiday season leading us into the New Year, the gratitude for 2014 is overwhelming and we can almost taste the promise of 2015. At least I hope it feels that way for you.
I encourage you to reflect on the little wins you had this year and note those not so great moments that you survived and learned from.
Here are some of my key memories of this year and the events that mattered most to me:
· I started a blog and created my own website.
· I went camping with my father.
· I created an online course in personal development.
· Went to hospital for the first time, twice in one year. Once for a shoulder operation, the next for a severe migraine that left me dehydrated and unable to stomach water.
· Found a keyboardist to work with and created demos of over 10 songs. We performed two live gigs and decided to focus on writing.
· Lived with my closest childhood friend for about a year. Oh, and her sweetheart King Charles cavalier, Milo.
· Recorded two songs with a producer.
· Recorded two music videos with a cinematographer plus 4 fun live videos with a guitarist from the UK who lived with me for a few days. Check out my clips here!
· Clocked over 70 hours of quality life coaching with clients I love with all my heart.
· Spent almost every late Monday night watching downloaded TV series and cuddling Dan.
· Reveled in my red-headed nephew turning one and growing cuter by the minute.
· Trained karate when I could, with some pain. Far less than usual, but learnt to be ok with that.
· Fell absolutely in love with my school students. Such a privilege to teach real people.
· Had my best friend ‘break up’ with me. Still heart-broken.
· Was an assistant photographer and faux-model. Got to bond with my man and be a babe!
· Bought a wedding dress.
· Had nude photos taken for a publication that condemns the censorship of nudity and the prevalence of violent images in the media.
· Ended the year with a beautiful, intimate workshop and some moving phone calls with people ready to change their experience of life.
· Got my own puppy, Oliver.
My highest moments were those floaty feelings after a coaching session, listening to a track I had written through the speakers in my car and saying I love you and hearing it back many times. And cuddling cutie pie pets!
This was the first year travel took a backseat. It is on the agenda for next year. My wanderlust, though, was satisfied by all the comfort-zone stretching that has coloured the days of this year.
There were darker times for me this year as well. Most involved convulsive crying at the news. Hating the helplessness I feel when my head is bad. Resenting people who are passive aggressive. Getting in trouble and criticized for not being ‘normal’. Seeing strong people I love get really sick.
And my big lessons that I will take with me forever:
- I am a mirror to people and can bring up their pain as well as their sense of happiness and personal power. It is important for us to be our best selves so we can attract the right people and know that those who move on, like us, may have some growing to do.
- Being who I need to be is far more important that getting goals. My most rewarding experiences were not necessarily goals, but by-products of being the kind of girl who thinks big and loves wholly.
- If I want something, I need to ask. If I don’t want something, I need to say no. Sometimes that dialogue needs to happen within.
I would love for you to share with me how you will remember 2014. What lessons are there for you to wrap up as a gift to yourself and deliver into 2015 and beyond?
And what challenges do you believe are ahead for you? What are your goals? Who do you need to be? Can I help with these? Send me a line, gorgeous. That’s why I am here.
Wishing you a beautiful 2015. I am so happy to be a part of it, however big or small.
I live a fulfilled life, and you, my dear, have made that a fact.