5 Fabulous Things
Happy Holidays, my sweet muffins!
I hope that you have been enjoying this season, taking impeccable care of yourself, relaxing, and reflecting. As the year is coming to an end, I have started looking back at the months within this year. I haven't done my deep dive quite yet as my boyfriend and I are doing an online program on New Years Day called Goals with Soul (link here), but I have been journaling about some feelings that came up for me in 2016.
In all honesty, 2016 was a really challenging year for me. So being the type-A, lovable, neurotic Jew that I am, I made a list. I made a list of all the shit that felt like it went wrong for me this year. And of course, feelings of discomfort, failure, and sadness came up as I made this list. Once I started going down my list of "fucked-up shit that happened in 2016" (no joke, this was the title of said list) I decided to forgive. I said out loud, "I forgive and I am letting this shit go!" I took some breaths, I made some tea, I ate some toffee. And then, I looked at my list again. I started to see my 2016 fucked-up shit as blessings and before you write me off as some inauthentic, positive asshole, I want to be vulnerable with you and share some examples.
1. At the beginning of this year, I had two close family members pass away. My mother's BFF aka Auntie Sheila and my favorite Israeli Uncle, Rico, both passed in January 2016.
Sheila will forever be my "other momma" and always made me feel like the most interesting person in the world. With her passing, I feel inspired to make others feel like they are the most interesting person, especially children. In her honor, I found myself connecting more with children, asking more questions of the people that I come into contact with, and genuinely engaging more.
My Uncle Rico was someone that I would see sporadically as he lived in Jerusalem, but his impact on me is unmatched. The man was exceptionally tender- huggy, kissy, and would always tell me how much he loved me. To this day, I still have a voicemail saved on my phone of him calling to wish me a happy birthday and telling me how much he loves me. In his honor, I got very clear this year that I only want exceptionally tender-hearted people in my life who can clearly express their feelings.
2. I came up against major struggles in my business and man, was I uncomfortable as fuck aka feelings of failure and uncertainty. The challenges that came up in my work actually inspired me to show up more as a leader. I focused more on my interpersonal relationships with clients and co-workers. And it inspired me to attend an amazing female entrepreneur's retreat (Big Soul) that pushed me over the edge to start this newsletter that you are reading today!
3. I felt lack of creativity in my work and in my personal life. Although this made me feel sad at moments throughout this year, when looking back, I was successful in taking inspired action to create more artistic flow in my life. In 2016, I started taking a weekly musical theater dance class and became a season ticket holder at my local theater.
Check out 5 FABULOUS things that happened to me in 2016. As you check mine out, can you think of 5 FABULOUS things that happened to you this year?
I explored, hiked, meditated, and zenned the fuck out in Joshua Tree.
Hosted a New Moon Goddess gathering at my place to create connection and community with some of my favorite babes. We also busted out crystals, talked about our goals and desires, and noshed on this spread.
Visited NYC- strolled/danced through the streets, sipped cappuccinos out of Greek New York blue cups, waved hello to doggies, and stumbled upon this incredible meditation studio. Ah, synchronicity!
My birthday celebration at a spa in Big Sur. The picture says it all, folks.
The location of the Big Soul female entrepreneur's retreat that shook me to my core (in the best/most creative way possible).
I understand that yearly reflection is not for everyone and the last thing I want to do here is preach. My goal is to share my experiences with you in an honest way and my hope is that it will help you notice the fabulous in your own struggles. As always, I would love to hear from you- tell me all about the 5 FABULOUS things that happened to you in 2016!
Wishing you a New Year filled with bubbles, sparkles, fun, adventures, and FABULOUS!