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Wow.  2018 has come and gone, and we are already well into January.    Most people have already set up and are working on New Year’s Resolutions, set intentions/goals, and mantras for 2019.  I’m seeing it everywhere!

Personally, I feel like I’ve barely had time to reflect on the past year.  A LOT has happened this past year, and it is worthy of a lot of reflection, so I can really take it in, appreciate it, and be able to move forward positively from it.

For me, 2018 was an amazing year.  I achieved athletic goals I never dreamed possible.  I have grown personally, academically, and professionally more so than at any time in over a decade.  I continue to be blessed with an incredible husband who supports me in all of it.  And I get to watch our son grow into an amazingly strong, independent teen (well, that has it’s ups & downs:).

However, along with those blessings, I’ve also dealt with some personal emotional struggles that have kept me “stuck” for a long time.   One thing I’ve come to realize, and an affirmation of what I’ve learned since immersing myself in Transformational Coaching Methods, is that being stuck in one area of your life can greatly impact other areas.

For me, dealing with these struggles and working on my emotional health have greatly impacted my personal growth and my ability to be a more effective coach.

I am far from perfect, and personal growth & emotional healing never really are complete.  But along the way, facing adversity, stepping back and letting go of the limiting beliefs that no longer serve me, so that I can say yes to more fulfilling and rewarding experiences, have allowed me to become more and more empowered in my daily life.  And that feels good.

As we look ahead into 2019 and set our intentions, let’s not forget to not only acknowledge and celebrate our achievements and all the good things that happened, but to lovingly accept and let go of the adversity.   In this way, we can find more empowering lessons that we may not have seen when we were immersed in the struggles.

I’m curious…  What are you most proud of achieving in 2018, and what was your biggest struggle for the year?

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