You know you’re onto a good thing when your headline unintentionally rhymes. (Head-rhyme anyone? Okay I’ll stop.)
I think it’s safe to assume that by now, most of you are ready for 2016 to just be over with already. Usually the looming start of a new year is filled with anticipation and excitement for what lies AHEAD – but I get the feeling most people are excited about the new year because they are ready to leave 2016 BEHIND.
Sorry to be the one to break it to you guys, but this way of thinking is pretty destructive.
I am the first person to admit 2016 has been a challenging year.
Heck, in the first month of 2016 I ran my brand new car up the back of a taxi two weeks after taking out my first ever loan to pay for it.
I ended my two month dream Europe trip in the emergency room undergoing surgery for appendicitis.
I spent more time this year on antibiotics than I have in my entire life, for a parasite that was literally eating away at my insides. This has lead me with my second bought of leaky gut, psoriasis and acne on my face (which I have never experienced before and is bloody challenging my ego!)
Not to mention a heap of really tough family challenges that have tested every single little insecurity I have ever experienced before.
BUT here’s the thing. Dwelling on the shit that has happened is not going to do you any good. Rushing away from the challenges that have arisen isn’t going to do much for you, either. It is wonderful when a new year promises a fresh start, and we use it productively as a catalyst for positive change. Now IS the time to set your goals and intentions, clear space for opportunity and get really crystal clear on what you want to feel and create in 2017.
However, if you are only looking at 2017 as an ‘escape’ from the challenges of 2016, then I hate to be the one to break it to you – but the challenges will continue to appear, regardless of the number of the year. (What is with my rhyming today?!)
Recognise that the tough times you were faced with in 2016 have all been LESSONS for you to learn and grow:
- My appendicitis taught me to slow down, rest and respect my body
- My car accident taught me to practice presence (you can watch my video sharing this insight here)
- My gut challenges have enabled me to help my clients make significant and powerful changes in their lives (majority of who are experiencing gut issues like me)
- Seeking a naturopath to help with all of my ailments has lead to one of the most refreshing and beautiful new friendships I have made this year, let alone in my life
- The acne on my face has forced me to really look even DEEPER when it comes to self love – regardless of what I look like, I am worthy of my OWN love, and the love of those in my life
- The family challenges have shown me I still have work to do on experiences from my childhood, as well as some insights into the type of parent and partner I want to be
So yes. 2016 has had its tough times. But when the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, don’t breathe a sigh of relief that 2016 is over. Be grateful for the year that has been – for the lessons and the love. The good and bad times. Embrace 2017 with open arms – ready to take action, using the lessons you learned in 2016 as a catalyst for positive growth and the best year of your life.
I will be here cheering you on.
See you in 2017!