Happy New Year, my Friends!
I hope you enjoyed the holiday season.
2017 was a challenging year for me. This past weekend I caught myself actually saying I was happy the year was over because it was so hard. But after a bit of reflection, I’d like to amend my review of the year (I think that's allowed, right?). So…
2017 was a transformative year. I don’t say that lightly. Transformative is a pretty lofty word. But as I have reflected over the last 12 months, I definitely think it is fitting. I dealt with some pretty dark days. I left a stable, great-paying career with benefits to start my own business (yikes!). I learned (and am continuing to learn) how to actually take care of myself. I bought a house. I made a long-distance move. My relationships changed, grew and evolved. Some relationships ended. I cried…A LOT. I dug deep into what I really wanted my health and my life to look like.
So, if you don’t mind, I’d love to share with you just a few of the things that I learned during 2017.
- If it’s not scary, or if you don’t get butterflies or feel a little sick it’s probably not pushing you out of your comfort zone - and likely won’t lead to transformation.
In order for things to be different, we have to be different and do different things. But that’s scary! We like to stay in our comfort zones for a reason...they’re comfy! When I decided to invest in the next level of coach training and certification (after I left my stable, good-paying career), I felt SICK. Really sick. But simply making the decision to invest in myself took me WAY outside my comfort zone and reaffirmed my belief and trust in myself. There’s something magical about trusting yourself to do something totally and utterly scary. And let me tell you, not only has the investment helped transform my business, but it has also transformed me personally.
- Sometimes you have to take steps backwards before moving forwards.
Think of a sling-shot. If you don’t pull back first, nothing will happen. The object to be catapulted will simply fall straight to the ground. So, even when it feels like nothing is happening (or even if it feels like things are moving backwards), if you are showing up and staying consistent, rest assured…something’s happening. Prepare for take-off!
- Sometimes it takes having $0 in your bank account to realize how rich you really are.
If I told you I wasn’t a little worried (actually terrified) about resigning from policing, I would be lying. Money is a HUGE for us when it comes to security and safety. I felt like I was removing the safety net right from under me. However, it has been one of the most liberating experiences of my life. I have had the opportunity to REALLY see the depth of my wealth. Sure, money is awesome. We absolutely need money and it can allow us to do some amazing things in and for the world. But - it might seem cliche - but I now realize how rich my life is and it has nothing to do with a number on the screen or what’s in my wallet. That stuff doesn't matter if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it!
- You - and ONLY you - know what you desire. You - and ONLY you - know what you need to feel your healthiest and live your most fulfilled, purpose-driven life. There may be nay-sayers, there might even be people who think you’re crazy. But don’t doubt your gut. You have those desires for a reason. The person who knows you best, is you.
Yes, 2017 was a challenging year. But our challenges can be our greatest gifts. So, 2017 was a transformative year for me and I wouldn't change it for anything.
What desires are you ready to say “yes” to? What is the transformation you want for yourself, your health and your life? Trust your intuition and go after it.
Even if it’s scary.
Even if it feels like you’re moving backwards.
Even if it means $0 in your bank account for a bit.
Your transformation is worth it!
This is your time,