Looking Back and Moving Forward

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As I sit here writing this, a steady rain is falling outside my window. In the middle distance, the clouds hang mistily amongst the pine trees. A slight wind blows through now and again, causing some branches to sway, but mostly all is still as the rain steadily falls. It’s the kind of day that calls to our natural inclination to draw inward, both at home and at heart.

 
It’s also a natural time to reflect on the year that has passed. What have you accomplished? Give yourself some appreciation for rising to meet unexpected challenges. Honor who you have become over the course of the preceding months.

 
Inevitably, as you look back, there are going to be missed opportunities, days and weeks when maybe you didn’t shine as brightly as you might. Now is the time to be gentle and kind with yourself. We learn from mistakes and missteps just as much as from success, so find a way to be grateful for what seem like detours. Bless them and send them on their way.

 
Another way to look back on the year that’s ending is to identify and let go of whatever is no longer working for you or serving you in the pursuit of your authentic life and work. Having the courage to release, with love and gratitude, what no longer feels authentic makes space for the new.

 
You are on the threshold of a new year. Moving forward, across that threshold and into the new year can be done with thoughtful intention, vision, creativity and purpose. How do you want this year to go? What do you want to experience? What do you want to create?

 
These are deeply thought provoking questions that need reflection and going inward to allow the connection to your intuitive guidance that will lead to the emergence of their answers. It’s a process that I engage in annually for my life and my business, and have done for several years. I will admit that some years I haven’t spent as much thought and time on looking back and completing the current year before diving into the planning process for the new year.

 
My friend and colleague, Susanna Maida, helped me change that a few years ago when I did a collaborative planning session with her. Previously I’d always worked independently. Having someone else’s perspective, wisdom and guidance focused exclusively on me and my aspirations and dreams for my business and life was a game changer. It made it possible for me to see possibilities and potentials I couldn’t see on my own. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you value the power of connection and inspired collaboration. It makes the creative process so much richer!

 
More than any previous year I’m feeling a sense of clarity and boldness about what my work is calling me to do in the coming year. I’m excited to have a map to guide me in creating the business results I want, generate the income I desire and make a difference in the lives of the women I feel called to serve.

 
What is calling to you this year?

 
I’d like you to have that same kind of clarity and feel that same kind of boldness. That’s why I want to share this process with you. If you want to plan for an extraordinary 2015, then I’ve got a special opportunity for you: my full and complete attention focused on you, your aspirations and dreams and your unfolding work and business.

 
Obviously, I can’t do an unlimited number of these planning sessions. This is a sacred time of year, and because this is sacred work, I’ve decided to offer 7 of these planning sessions since 7 is a sacred number. If you think you might be one of those 7, read more here for details and how to reserve your spot.

 
In the meantime, I want to leave you with these words from Ellen Goodman. Let’s make the coming year one of inspired potentials.

 

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . . not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ Ellen Goodman

 

I’d love to hear what your potentials are for 2015!

 

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