3 Personal Lessons from 2016

Jan 02, 2017
Happy 2017 !
 
I hope you had a restful, rejuvenating holiday and are ready to kick off 2017 with a bang! 
 
I'm excited for the year ahead, but first, I want to give a loving goodbye to 2016. 
 
2016 taught me some important lessons in my business and life...

Lesson #1: Money is Worthless if it Costs You Your Health

2016 was in incredibly successful year for my business - financially speaking. I made more money than ever before, doubling my 2015 income... but for the first part of the year I was so stressed out and anxious all the time that I ended up with adrenal fatigue. 

I spent the second half of 2016 regaining my health and learning how to create calm and spaciousness in my life through yoga, meditation, walks in nature and adjustments to my diet.

This is a lesson I teach my clients, but had to learn for myself - we are our brands and without our health and vibrancy, our businesses are not sustainable. I look forward to embarking into 2017 with my new healthy habits and seeing what's possible from a place of higher wellbeing.

Lesson #2: Make It Happen or It Never Will

In 2016 I realized that there were some things that I had been talking about wanting to do for a while, but I hadn't made happen yet. What was I waiting for? Specifically I wanted to - travel, pay off my student loan debt, buy a new car and work with a business coach who I had been wanting to work with for quite some time.

I'm happy to say that I have three trips scheduled for 2017 and a fourth in the making, I paid off ALL of my student loan debt and now I'm 100% debt free, I bought a zippy little Subaru Impreza Sport that can get me around in the Colorado winters, and I've enrolled into a year-long coaching program with the coach I had been wanting to work with.

2016 was the year to quit talking about what I wanted and start making it happen!

Lesson #3: My Brand Needs More of My Heart and Soul

I have a confession to make: I haven't been sharing my heart and soul in my brand as much as I'd like. I hang out in my comfort zone - the land of "how to's" "steps" and strategies." I'm comfortable teaching you how to write a compelling marketing message or showing you the steps to create your Instagram content marketing strategy, but when it comes to me sharing my vulnerabilities or opinions, I've been playing it safe.

You may have noticed that I've been tip toeing out of this comfort zone in my recent emails... getting more vulnerable, speaking my truth and showing you where I stand. This is only a taste of where I'm headed in 2017 because my goal this year is to bring ALL OF ME into my business in a much bigger way. Stay tuned!

And now looking forward to 2017 (while keeping my 2016 lessons in mind), here are some things I want to experience this year:
  • Sitting by the ocean in Hawaii writing my first book!
  • Maintaining the sense of spaciousness in my days (space for getting up early for quiet self care, cooking healthy and delicious meals at home, walks with my husband and my dog).
  • Pushing myself past my comfort zone by sharing more from my heart and soul.
  • Being proud of myself for more than doubling my 2016 income.
  • Butterflies in my stomach from the amount of online video I will be sharing on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Laughter and connection with the powerful women in my life.
  • Feeling fit, lean and energized in my body!
What were your 2016 lessons?

What experiences do you want to create in your life and business in 2017?

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