Ah, yes, it’s time for the 2018 in review, with all its bright technicolor moments and all its dark nights.
Like any other year, you had your ups and downs, highs and lows, beginnings and endings. I loved parts of you, and other parts not so much.
Like any year, you started off a symbol of hope and renewal and fresh clean pages. Now there are some smudges on those clean pages but there are also a lot of bright vibrant colours.
In this 2018 in review, the colours come first!
2018 in Review: The Bright Colours
Here are some of the things that made my 2018 bright and vibrant:
Gratitude and Appreciation. Learning to say thank you for no reason at all is a feat of mindfulness. Gratitude jars, boxes or journals are great reminders that good things happen, and I discovered it’s possible to just feel gratitude for nothing at all. I like both ways.
Book Circles. It was a pleasure to lead several book circles this year using books written by brilliant thought leaders. It was wonderful to have participation by some strong interesting women who were ready for deep dives, and who helped me see and ramp up my own strengths as a leader.
Sistership Circle. Finding the sistership circle was one of those happy ‘accidents’ and joining was a decision I made in the space of a heartbeat. Sistership Circle is a community of women from all over the world who receive support and resources for leading women’s circles both local and virtual.
Fierce and Feminine Community. It was a labour of love to create a Fierce and Feminine Community and celebrate as more fierce and feminine women rise up and say I AM. And if someone of the male persuasion happens to read this, it’s not about declaring war on men. It’s about kicking the patriarchy to the curb. After all, that’s the whole reason for this blog, to be loving trouble for the patriarchy.
Weekly Commitment to This Blog. Sometimes I can’t believe I’ve written a weekly blog post without fail since the beginning of April. Over the year it was exciting and satisfying to connect with other women bloggers who are smart and have lots to say. Connection, collaboration and co-creation are where the new paradigm is pointing us as feminine leaders.
More Bright Colours: Essential Spiritual Practices
Agape Sundays. Watching Agape International Spiritual Centre services every Sunday centers me and I wouldn’t miss them for anything. Tuning into the new thought ageless wisdom teachings always makes my week better.
40 Day Practices. With the premise that I can do anything for 40 days, I completed several 40 day practices this year covering different topics like abundance, health, spiritual connection, and letting go of what no longer serves me. This will definitely be a part of the upcoming year for me, and for offering to the YUE community.
Meditating Regularly. I may not have meditated every single day, but I think this year I probably meditated more than any previous year. It also felt very inspiring to create guided meditations in partnership with other strong feminine leaders who understand that meditation is not a frill, an activity we’ll do if we have time for it in a busy day. Meditation is essential!
Creativity and Inspiration. No review would ever be complete without using the word creativity somewhere! Experiencing the ongoing influx of creative ideas – too many to list, too many to ever finish – is a natural high. I love the energy of constant inspiration.
2018 in Review: The Smudges
While it might be nice to focus on all the good stuff, my 2018 in review would be incomplete without an honest look at the flip side of bright colours. While the high points are wonderful, it’s the smudges on the pages of 2018 that offer me the greatest opportunity for expansion in 2019.
So here are the smudges (aka works in progress):
Getting Stuff Done. I never get as much done as I think I should. Under the influence of the work ethic I grew up with and completely absorbed, I always think I should be doing more and doing it faster. Out of this challenge came a desire this year to let go of my to do list, stop struggling towards goals, and instead allow myself to be pulled towards a vision that makes me come alive. It requires leaving behind the comfort of my lists as well as trusting the guidance from Infinite Consciousness that everything is unfolding in the best way and the right time.
Singing and Songwriting. This past year I didn’t do much singing, and I didn’t write one song. Perhaps my writing energy was going into the blog posts but not singing or writing songs is like the proverbial canary in the mine. It’s a signal that something is off. The reason is as yet unclear.
Health and Well-Being. My health is not what I want it to be. I need to move more and find joy in the movement. I live in a beautiful part of the world where water, forest and mountains meet so getting out in nature more should be an easy accomplishment. Definitely needs to be a higher priority.
More Smudges: Letting Go to Make Space for the New
Letting Go. A group of coaches to which I belonged let go of a struggle and put the gatherings we were having on hold. Knowing full well that something is no longer working and doing something about it are two different things. We finally got there and yes, it was sad for all of us. It was also a relief to be able to let go. Knowing that voids are always filled, I’m wondering what I/we now have space for.
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Local Community. Making new friends in my local community and maintaining a connection with a lot of my friends who are not local is something I could do better. Being an introvert has its disadvantages. Definitely, making more local connections is a growth opportunity.
Taking Time Off. During the months of Feb to May, I took time off from my Toastmasters Club. In fact, I was wondering if it was time to move on. I’d worked toward my DTM for five years and finally achieved it. But I was floundering, wondering what was next. What was I there for if I’d already achieved the highest education award possible? I had to find a new reason and I did. My new reason for going to meetings is just to show up as me.
So, dear 2018, as you come to a close, there was so much more I could say about you. But I think your major takeaway can be summed up in those last few words, “Just show up as me.”
That’s it for my 2018 in review.
The pages of any year are always going to be a combination of bright colours and dark smudges and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What were the bright colours and dark smudges of your 2018?