I’m not gonna lie, 2017 has been a real mixed bag for me. Looking back, I should be nothing but thrilled by my accomplishments: I released my first book, launched my show on Hay House Radio, witnessed extraordinary metamorphoses in my students as they learned to use obstacles as stepping stones, and worked hard to structure my business in a way I had dreamed of for a long time. I am incredibly proud of all I’ve done this past year, but I’ve also struggled.
I struggled with the increasing level of intolerance, divisiveness, and hatred in the world. It hurts my heart to see such rage and the unwillingness to listen to each other. It hurts my soul to know I have played a part in it at times.
I struggled with staying committed and connected to our dream of finishing our tiny house and visiting different parts of the country with our little home in tow. The challenge of finding dedicated help and support has been nearly impossible.
I struggled with making healthy choices for myself, my body, and my mind. I’ve worried too much, eaten too much junk, and mismanaged my time and energy.
I’ve struggled with not letting these hard times outshine my successes, while also allowing myself to be wherever I’m at emotionally.
So yeah, it’s been a mixed bag. And I know I’m not alone in feeling that way.
But here’s the good news. (Did you really think I’d leave you on such a downer note?) No matter the time of year, every day is a chance for a fresh start. Actually, every minute is.
If you, too, have had a rocky year, join me in a do-over. Capitalize on the reflective energy the year’s end brings and note the things you’re grateful for from 2017; list your accomplishments, big and small; and then plan some stretch zone adventures (SZAs) for 2018.
If we’re new friends, you might not be familiar with my concept of SZAs. Instead of resolutions, I like to come up with a list of activities to intentionally take me outside of my comfort zone because, as you know, that’s where life begins.
The more you stretch yourself, the bigger your comfort zone becomes.
The bigger your comfort zone is, the more likely you are to make bold moves.
The more bold moves you make, the closer you get to finding and living your unique, big adventure.
And that, my friend, is what life is all about: adventures, however you define them, with the people you love (that includes yourself!).
I wish you much joy and magic in the New Year!