It’s hard to believe but I don’t think I have ever done a year in review post before!
2016 was worth writing about though, it was different.
It was a wholehearted year where finally I felt like I could truly (and not strugglingly- yes that’s a word) embody my belief that life is happening FOR me not too me (or AT me as some times it has previously felt!)
It was a strange year though in the sense that I felt time got stretched in all sorts of weird ways and most of year actually happened some how all crammed into the the last few months! In fact the first half of the year felt like a different year all together.
Was I alone in this?
Something quite fabulous happened around September where all of a sudden all the work and planning that felt a little bit like it could be going nowhere suddenly went EVERYWHERE!
Lets start at the beginning shall we! The seeds for the year were planted in Dec 2015 when I attended a Violet Gray intention circle. I wrote about it here. The gorgeous Alex invited me to one of their circles where each attendee makes their own crystal bracelet and my word for the year found me. SHINE. I wasn’t quite sure what that word had in store for me, but it felt like backing myself, being seen, confidently standing my ground and letting my light shine. To be of service in the most bold and beautiful way. (with out the drama that might imply! ) Letting the truth that I have the right to take up space really take hold I put my hand up and raised my voice. It was a theme that unravelled through out the year so beautifully.
I also moved into a gorgeous new home at the end of 2015 and the first few months of 2016 were filled with purchasing cushions and plants so much so that many of the planned furniture purchases still haven’t happened as I keep coming home from nurseries and Bunnings with even more plants! (who actually needs a kitchen table anyway?)
2016 had its heartbreak moments that I explored in this post HERE. And as I check in with myself enjoying the spaciousness of retrospect I can see an experience that will forever leave me knowing that I can do hard things with Grace. It certainly wasn’t the most difficult experience of my life but the wholehearted way I took care of myself, the way I honored the process and let myself be guided by the ancient wisdom I offer to my clients was a bit of a revelation. Duh I know right!? This experience has really shaped the way I have moved forward in my life since and the unapologetic way I choose to live through this natural lens.
There were daily walks with my four legged love
Lots of Live music.
My month long festival of birthday was celebrated in my usual over the top style for most of August. Yes all month, why the heck not?
I zipped to Sydney for the day to see Brene Brown speak for Business Chicks. What an inspiring morning that was!
And where would I be with out the fire works that Sydney puts on everytime I come down for my Roadshow!
A review of 2016 would not be complete without a mention of the amazing women that populate my life as mentors, friends, clients and role models.
I spent a rich and delicious weekend at Dr Libby’s Beautiful You weekend in June. If you have not been GO it’s even more amazing than you think it will be!
I celebrated like it was 1999 at the book launch of my girlfriend Ali’s book Stand out. (go get it!) and found myself shoulder to shoulder with so many women I admire and look up to, whether it be at events or around my kitchen table.
A deep bow to the women in my world, your friendship means the world to me.
December 2015 saw the start of some amazing growth in my business and coaching practice that flowed through to the rest of 2016.
There was this article on the Mindful Collective
I featured on Nicole Mathiesons podcast Unbreakable. You can listen to the episode here. I adore this women and her way of showing up in the world. It’s irreverent, and feminine and wholehearted. Conversations with her are one of my favorite things.
I spoke at the Soul Sister Circle Sessions held at Warehouse 5 on the Gold Coast. And again found myself collaborating with women I truly admire and respect. Tahlee, Jasmine and Bec the founder of SSC are creative pioneers in their fields.
The magic, and power of having 100 women in a room sharing their stories is not to be underestimated.
The big decision that I made in 2016 that shaped the end of the year and is very much providing the main flavour of 2017, is the choice to attend Tigress Yoga Female Yoga Teacher Training for a whole month in Bali. Yup a whole freakin month in Bali. This beautiful embodiment practice has been an essential component of my personal practice over the last five years.
And you know what people like me (and perhaps you) say, that if it’s meant to happen it will, but you need to take the first step. Well I took that step, not knowing where the money or time was going to come from but just knowing deep in my bones that this work was the perfect marriage of soulful restorative practice for myself and a necessary piece of the unfolding puzzle that is my coaching practice.
So it won’t surprise you that the money of course appeared, and then some. Going to further prove (in case you need proof.. sometimes I do!) that when you are truly in alignment with something, you will be supported. The path, whilst perhaps not paved with unicorn glitter will naturally and with a degree of ease unfold in front of you.
I’m equally excited and reverent about this experience which I know will be one of great revelation to me. I’m trying to approach that mindfully although every. single. cell. in my body also wants to cartwheel at the thought of being in that tropical heat with mango and coconut awaiting my tastebuds every day!
In alignment with this my word for this year is Devotion. It feels spacious and anchored, practical and magical all at once. I’m finding that when I apply the feeling of this word I’m taking much more time to be with things and trusting outcomes a lot more. Lets see what that looks like as the year unfolds!
The new year is off to a wonderful start with the birth of my second niece. Little Abigail made her way into the world on the morning of the 1st of Jan. I had hoped to be at her birth as I was with her sister, but she had other plans. So another trip to our nations capital is on the cards!
I also thought it might be fun to share my reading list for the year. You can find it below. And I also reveal my little addiction to teen fantasy fiction…. there really is no better escapism!
Lastly, if you would like an opportunity to reflect on the year that was using the 5 elements I have a play book for you. You can find it here.
2016 Reading list!
A Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
Rising Strong – Brene Brown
Outrageous Openness – Tosha Silver
Women’s Wellness Wisdom – Dr Libby
Speaking Out – Tara Moss
Cross Roads of Should and Must – Elena Luna
Love Warrior – Glennon Melton Doyle
When Women Were Birds – Terry Tempest Williams
Stand Out – Ali Hill
Celeste – Roland Perry
Wild Wood – Posie Graeme-Evans
The Wrong Girl -Zoe Foster Blake
My drug of choice is teenage fantasy fiction and I make no apologies for my behaviour! (I can inhale one of these in a single Sunday afternoon)
Garth Nix – The Old Kingdom Quartet
Cassandra Clare -Lady Midnight
Claudia Gray -Trilogy
Blood in the Beginning- Kim Falconer
The final Terry Pratchet book.
And another trilogy I read at my sisters over Xmas!
Still currently reading from 2016
A Course in Miracles
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen – Mark Nepo
I know there are some I have missed but I think thats as good a start as any if you are looking for a great read!
Happy New Year dear reader I hope 2017 is unfolding beautifully for you.
Remember to go gently with those fierce resolutions and let there be space for the magical and unexpected.