Here we are! I am so happy to be here with you. I spent a good amount of time in reflection as 2016 came to an end. What did I achieve and what do I still want to achieve and how will I get there? What were my lows, and what did I learn? What were my highs and what did I learn? What am I most grateful for from both the highs and the lows? I know I worked hard at fulfilling personal dreams and aspirations. Leaning, growing, working, trying. Trying and doing and more trying and more doing.
I feel like the end of 2015 was just here and I was doing the familiar reflection then and the year before and then in a blink of an eye, I will be reflecting on 2017 as I step in to 2018. It is a little scary how fast time moves and how many things I accomplished and yet how many things I haven’t achieved yet. Obviously, I have more control over some of my intentions and desires and some are still a work in progress as my perceived desires are still in conflict with my underlying commitments and shadows. For sure I know; If I desire something but still have not achieved it, then there is still something I am more committed to than what I say I want.
I know fear is telling me to protect my heart. To that end, I never let someone in to the most scared interior regions of my heart and until I can completely let go; I will never find the love I say I want. I do believe the Universe is sending me gifts as I move towards this end and I am enjoying everything I am receiving and learning. I know that I can’t live in should haves because everything is exactly as it should be. The Universe in all its magnificent abundance, sends me everything I need and more.
This last year ended with the ending of a love relationship. What I love is how we encouraged each other to live our dreams. I know we were meant to be together for all the gifts we received and we will always be there to encourage each other to be our best versions. And as I step confidently in to 2017, I am given the chance to stand alone and rejoice in my own love and strength. I can change what I can and I trust the rest to the benevolent wisdom of the universe. So, I am putting any worries about my future away and calmly heading in to 2017, confident that as I continue to plod along: everything I need is right here and if it isn’t here, it’s on the way to me now.
I have learned to stay calm and trust. To put my coaching practices in place. To look for what is right, have faith in the Universe, make every choice matter and ask myself repeatedly if I am moving towards my goals and vision. Will this bring me closer to my goal or push me backwards to stay stuck and small?
I look back for one last glance and know that 2016 was a spectacular year for me. I achieved so much that I am proud of. I know there is so much more I still want to achieve personally and professionally but I feel content with where I am, even as I know there is so much still left undone. That is my humanity. One step at a time until I get there.
There were many firsts for me in 2016 and I want to take a moment to thank myself and thank the Universe for all the guidance and protection.
2017, I am here. Use me, teach me, gift me, protect me. Follow me step by step as I climb Kilimanjaro. The climb is my metaphor for life. One solid, intentional foot in front of the other: “pole, pole”. The one thing I will hear a thousand times on my climb: slowly, slowly.
If there is anything for me to learn, I think slowly, slowly says it all. I am listening Universe and I leave my growth in your hands for this wonderful and exciting new year of 2017.
I leave you with two quotes that have been standing out for me as I close out 2016.
WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS,
FOR THEY BECOME YOUR WORDS.
WATCH YOUR WORDS,
FOR THEY BECOME ACTIONS.
WATCH YOUR ACTIONS,
FOR THEY BECOME HABITS,
WATCH YOUR HABITS,
FOR THEY BECOME CHARACTER.
WATCH YOUR CHARACTER,
FOR IT BECOMES YOUR DESTINY.
I’VE BEEN ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED EVERY MOMENT OF MY LIFE-AND I’VE NEVER LET IT KEEP ME FROM DOING A SINGLE THING I WANTED TO DO.”—
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Bloom, Live Well, Live Long, Love Fully…