Once you have flown, you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you have been, and there you long to return. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
December is one of my favorite times of the year because not only is it festive, it’s also when I spend time to reflect on and appreciate all the goodness, growth and learnings in the past year.
As you’re getting ready for celebrating, gifting, entertaining and preparing for the new year (this coming one an epic 2020!), take a pause and a moment for yourself.
I mean that. This month will fly by in a wink. Give yourself the time to savor life's delicious nectar that you've worked for throughout the year.
One of the best ways to cherish these moments is through quiet reflection.
The powerful thing about the questions we ask ourselves is that it plants a seed in our mind and spirit. Even if we don’t know the answer in the moment, we’ll find it and recognize it when the moment is right.
Below are 5 reflection points with various questions that you can consider and ask yourself this month.
You can incorporate these questions if you have a journaling practice. If not, you can type it out, or take a few sheets of paper and write it out, and see what unfolds. It won't disappoint.
As you begin the next decade of your life, give yourself the moment to set your course in the direction that will connect you with what matters the most to you.
Sound good? Here we go...
5 Reflection Points
Reflect on the below points 1-4 thinking about the past year....
1. Celebrate accomplishments
2. Acknowledge learnings
5. Setting your compass for the next decade
Reflecting on your proudest moments in the last decade:
Reflecting on your lowest moments in the last decade:
Envisioning the next decade of your life, what experiences would you like to have?
Setting the course for next year
Starting the new year with intention
I'd love to hear your experience with your reflections.
I wish you a beautiful wrap up of this year as we move into the next chapter together.
“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” ~Maya Angelou
I like people watching.
It could be considered a light hobby of mine.
What I get out of people watching isn’t only voyeuristic entertainment but often insights into the human psyche.
There’s magic watching concepts and theories play out live, in-real-time, in real life, by people I don’t know and can’t predict.
Recently, I was in a trendy coffee shop in downtown Seattle. The café was packed and buzzing with energy. Which meant that people were sitting on top of each other.
Children are a great incentive and impetus for parents to learn about themselves, about each other and about life itself. Unfortunately, much of the learning may occur at their expense.
~Dr. Gabor Maté, Physician, Addiction & Trauma Expert
I used to dress like a cross between bag lady and fairy princess. This was when I was very young. About 3-5 years of age. According to my mom, I went through a period where the first words out of my mouth the moment I woke up was, “I wanna wear a dress.” (in mandarin).
All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.
~Martha Graham, American dancer, teacher and choreographer
As a coach, I help people reconnect and gain clarity within themselves to improve in different areas of life such as stress, relationship, work and trauma.
While these areas might seem different at first, often what helps my clients get “unstuck” share a commonality - and that is presence.
C'mon, stay with me. I can already hear the snoring coming my way. Zzzz.
Hiring a life coach is like dating - it's exciting & life altering, but can be complicated and traumatizing, if your'e not careful
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."
"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people." ~Carl Jung
The moment you decide you want to hire a coach is an exciting one.
Like dating, you’re pumped for the possibilities.
But like dating, you soon realize it can be complicated and tricky to figure out what’s what. And depending on who you ask, you always get a different answer on the “rules of the game.”
"The stress-response can be more damaging than the stressor itself, especially when the stress is purely psychological. And if you experience every day as an emergency, you will pay the price." ~Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky (Professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University).
Stress is predicted by scientists to be the downfall of our modern society.
"No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before." ~ Stephen Hawking
Do you ever experience this? Or is it just me?
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." ~Buddha
I admit, the title is a hint obnoxious.
Almost sounds like I have it all figured out. But that's far from the truth.
"Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward." ~E.E. Cummings
Have you ever been stuck on a decision? What tactics did you use to help you with decision making?
A pro/con list? Crunch some numbers? Eeny, meeny, miny, moe? The magic 8 ball? Read some tea leaves
“Not why the addiction but why the pain.” ~ Dr. Gabor Maté, Physician and Addiction Expert
The below used to be a common routine of mine that gave me great stress and anxiety on a daily basis: