When setting goals and intentions for the year ahead, it really helps to look back at the previous year as a whole and ask yourself what you learned. What were your highlights, what were your low points, what goals did you achieve and what didn’t quite happen for you?
2013 was a year of personal growth and transformation for me, I learned so much about myself. I am learning to understand my positive character traits but also my saboteurs. I am learning to ‘show up’ without my armour, and for me, that is incredibly challenging. I engaged in really learning to understand myself, the good, bad and ugly!
2013 was the final year of a very turbulent seven-year cycle, during which I faced some deeply traumatic personal challenges. What I have finally learned is that it is not the challenges that define me, it is the way that I deal with those challenges and how I make the best of whatever life throws at me. It is my passion and belief in what I do and who I am being in the world that defines me. I feel like the first 6 years of my 7 year cycle were full of trauma and life lessons, which shook me to the core and the 7th year has been about learning to let go of baggage and attitudes that don’t serve me and who I want to be in the world. I feel like I have shed all the heavy baggage that I had been carrying around with me and that I am now able to start to spread my wings and learn to fly.
I have learned that life is about people, experiences and giving back, not about possessions. I am learning to let go and trust that everything will work out just fine, but not necessarily the way that I think it will. I am trying to be less of a control freak. I have read Brene Brown’s books this year and just love what she writes about. She is a self-confessed control freak and perfectionist who researches shame and how it affects us as human beings, how it stops us from ‘showing up’ and being vulnerable. Her two TED talks ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ and ‘Listening to Shame‘ went viral and are just amazing. Have a watch if you haven’t seen them. They really spoke to my soul.
I never used to believe in the Law of Attraction, I didn’t really understand it. I didn’t understand the concept that you create your own reality and that you get what you pitch for. Now I do! Looking back at my goals and intentions for 2013, I have realised that those goals that I really believed in and pitched for happened, really quite easily. Those that I didn’t truly believe in and wasn’t committed to didn’t. The areas where I still have some work to do to change my belief patterns are the ones that I was a mile away from.
What three words would you use to describe 2013?
Mine are transformation, mindfulness and letting go.
My goals for 2014 are much less material and more about personal growth and experiences and I believe, represent a shift in my understanding of what is important to me. Building my business is very important to me and will still take up much of my time and energy, but outside of that my goals consist of continuing my journey of personal growth, travel really loving and looking after myself.
The three words that best describe my intentions for 2014 are Love, Healing and Growth.
What three words describe your intentions for the year ahead?
How will you make 2014 your best year yet?