With the end of 2016 almost upon us, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts and reflections on the year that's been. I'm not here to share my achievement or 'failures' because even though as shit and heart wrenching parts of this year have been I know that everything has happened EXACTLY as it was meant to. So instead I wanted to share and highlight some universal truths that have been BIG reminders and lessons for me this year. And through all the heartbreak, pain, suffering , joy, peace and emotional healing I can hand on heart say I am ready to step up, show up and be of service to the world in 2017.
I think the reason why so many people have had a difficult 2016 is because we are completing the end of a 9 year universal cycle. And with that have come many endings in both my life and those around me. With endings come new beginnings and an opportunity for us to rise and create lives which are in true alignment with our most authentic self. While I've spent some time playing with the concept of alignment my intention for 2017 is to go deeper and delve even further into true ALIGNMENT. My intention for 2016 was to find and live in FLOW, something that I feel I have now found, felt and embodied. I'll be sharing more of my experiences with flow in the coming months, and can't wait to share my journey of coming into true alignment.
So here are my thoughts and reflections on some universal truths which have been my biggest lessons for 2016.
Self empowerment comes from making choices and taking inspired action.
As much as I've believed life happens to us, this year again has been a huge reminder that we MUST make choices and take inspired action if we want to progress, create flow and live in alignment with who we have come here to be. You might relate to a time where everything in your life felt right, or maybe not so but then all of a sudden EVERYTHING felt so wrong! When things are no longer serving your highest good, those situations, people, things or experiences will fall away. The more we hold on, fight and resist, the more pain and suffering we experience. I shared more about my experiences in letting go and trusting the universe in a recent post which you can read here. This year has been a huge time of change and a constant process of letting go. I quit my part time job of six years, removed toxic people from my life, got a new car, new phone and in the process of it all found a greater and deeper connection to myself. The more I surrendered to letting go, the easier life felt, and the easier I was able to let go of the attachment I felt I had for all the things I had to let go of.
Life FLOWS when you are in alignment.
Life is meant to be easy, and it's totally possible! We can release expectations, follow our heart, make choices that are in alignment with who we are and live in a state of ease and grace. Life can truly flow when we are connected to who are are, what we believe in and what we truly desire. Having spent years resisting, pushing, striving and getting almost nowhere, life feels 100% different now. Find your flow and your life will FEEL lighter, fuller and in true alignment with your values and beliefs.
Spiritual growth and healing is painful.
There's no doubt that 2016 smacked me in the face with some really shitty situations and experiences, but I embraced them, felt them and released them. Spiritual growth and healing is painful, challenging and at times fucking uncomfortable, but so so worth it! I've gained so much more clarity, trust and healing. Spiritual growth cracks us open and when you allow yourself to FEEL you have the ability heal your pain. This truth I have to say has been one of the most powerful lessons and timely reminders for me this year. It has become the basis of my new group coaching program I am launching in January 2017 and is the vision I now have for my business and the work I will be doing in my 1:1 coaching. I honestly can't wait to help women move through their emotions and support them to heal in order to live a life that is in even greater alignment with who they are here to be.
Moving through and feeling emotions is the path to greater love, deeper connection and live a life in true alignment.
I believe we are here to experience every emotion, it's what makes us human. When we feel deep pain and sorrow we are given the opportunity to grow, learn and experience greater love, happiness and peace in our lives. We can't experience pure happiness without feeling pain and sadness, peace without anger, joy without sorrow. The more we allow ourselves to be cracked open the more we uncover layers upon layers of emotions which are waiting to be healed. In every moment we have the opportunity to stay stuck in our stuff or break free from our old patterns and conditioning and become a better version of ourselves.
Focus on doing the inner work the external will naturally manifest.
I recently listened to a podcast by Elizabeth Dialto, this fearless and wild woman truly has been an inspiration to me and my journey over the past year. In this podcast she was speaking about business coaching and what she wished someone had told her years ago before she spent thousands on business coaches, programs and workshops to build a successful business. She said that no amount of money or knowledge made her more successful in her business. Her prosperity, success and abundance came when she finally felt and healed her wounds, childhood traumas and self limiting beliefs. Her words resonated so much with me as I have spent the majority of this year taking a step back, learning, healing, integrating and doing the internal work. Since then I've had so many amazing internal shifts that allowed me to make external changes and continue to create a life that is in greater alignment with who I am here to be. When we focus on doing the inner work the externally will naturally manifest.
If you can take some time before the new year and reflect on the year that's been. Why not journal and get your thoughts out on paper? Here are some prompts you might find useful.
What have you learned in 2016?
What common themes have been playing out for you this year?
What are your intentions for 2017?
And most importantly ...
How do you want to FEEL?
As always I love connecting with you, why not share your insights in the comments below.
Wishing you so much love, happiness and abundance for 2017.