I've been blessed to be able to take most of December off. And during this time, I've had some time to reflect on 2016.
It was a BIG year.
I published my first book, I bought my first house, it was confirmed that we can finally begin the process of adopting our foster daughter, my self-care took the front seat, business at the studio is better than it has ever been and I feel supported, both personally and professionally more than ever.
I have so much to be grateful for it is humbling. I bow in gratitude for each of you reading this; whether you know it or not, each of you has had a part in my big year. I thank you with my full heart.
My New Year's Ritual has been pretty consistent for the last few years. Focusing on what I wanted to create for the coming year. I take my journal and I write out everything in my heart that begins with:
Wouldn't it be amazing if....
It's a wonderful exercise that creates targets for my inspired actions.
In the past, I've had such a clear vision for what I wanted to create. It wasn't hard, it poured out of me. And the actions that followed felt purposeful, clear and fun.
However, this year, right now, I have to be honest; I don't have a clear vision on what I want to create.
I feel soft and centered and happy exactly where I am.
(Last year I wrote, wouldn't it be amazing to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled all of the time?).
So then what?
I'm sitting here, with a giggle, because my temperament is so forward moving all the time – the feeling of residing in the mystery of what is to come is foreign to me.
Yet it is no longer uncomfortable. For the last month, I've been getting more comfortable with it. Becoming profoundly aware that this is true trust. True surrender.
I don't know what 2017 will have in store for me, I am not sure what I will create and that is totally OK.
In fact, it's beautiful.
So my New Year's Ritual is simplified this year:
Wouldn't it be amazing if I felt happy, healthy and creatively fulfilled all the time.
Wouldn't it be amazing if I were to consistently be able to surrender into the mystery and the magnificence of what is possible when my Soul takes the lead (and not my ego).
Wouldn't it be amazing if I could help others feel as amazing as how I feel right now.
There are so many ways to create the life we want to live.
We can do so with our will,
we can do so with a combination of our will and our Soul,
and, we can do so with our Soul.
2016 I can honestly say was a combination of will and Soul.
2017 is the year I finally, 100% let my Soul take the lead.
Here is to magical, Soulful 2017.