17 Things We've Learned in 2017 (That We Are Taking With Us Into the New Year)
1. LIVE OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE (don’t just pop by for a visit!)
This year we decided to LIVE outside of our comfort zone and fiercely pursue our dreams. We moved to Romania, pursued trainings that were scary, put ourselves out there in a bolder way, said goodbye to relationships/opportunities standing in our way and more! Doing these things wasn't easy and was certainly out of our comfort zones but each necessary to take the next steps in living the lives of our dreams! If not now, when? If not you, who? For us, 2017 was all about taking action and going for it; we hope it was for you too!
2. TRUST THE JOURNEY
Living outside of your comfort zone can be scary and full of unknowns which can bring up anxiety, the need to control, insecurities etc. This year was full of lessons for us in learning to be patient, trusting our individual journey (and Emaya’s) and having faith that all is unfolding exactly as it’s meant to. We’ve really learned how to float DOWN stream and go with the current rather than fighting against it and trying to control it.
3. DO THE YOGA
Our yoga practice is a foundation of support, our bedrock of wellness that we take with us each and every year...because it works! When we practice we are stronger, focused, flexible, grounded, peaceful and present….and when we don’t practice, we just aren’t! Our practice continues to grow with all its beautiful imperfections and all. Michaela is working on rebuilding her core and finding the beauty in her body and practice just as it is, two babies later! Connie strives to carve out time to dive into deeper more advanced postures while at the same time learning that less is more and a gentle practice amid the chaos does the trick!
We’ve traveled a lot this year and were reminded of the power in adventure! The senses become more heightened, you become more present, you reconnect to the world at large and to what inspires you and how you want to be of service to the world. All of those discoveries while also learning new cultures, languages, ways of being and thinking and bringing the nuggets of wisdom back home with you.
5. OPEN-MINDS AND HEARTS GO A LONG WAY
Being present and connected to other people with an open mind and heart goes a long way. LISTENING without judgement or expectation to someone’s experience is a gift we can give freely and makes a great impact. Watch what wisdom you walk away with! Maybe it’s a stranger on the street or over coffee at a cafe in Europe or maybe its a friend in need over the j; opportunities to connect with an open heart and mind are all around you...say yes and watch the magic unfold!
6. BE OF SERVICE
Want to know the quickest way to invite joy into your life? Be of service to another. Whether an authentic compliment, act of service or listening when someone has had a bad day; watch how you help lighten their load and bring a smile to their face simply by helping and being there. We all want to be seen, heard and appreciated. One small act can go a very long way.
7. TAKE TIME FOR YOU
One thing we’ve learned in a big way this year is that there is POWER in taking time to reconnect to who we are as individuals, wives, mothers, business partners, etc. Getting still, quiet and clear around what you value, what you desire and what you want to create in the world has been a game changer for us because guess what? All the things that ARE NOT THOSE THINGS….BYE BYE! Oh and taking time for your nails, massage, exercise class and wine with your girlfriends is important too!
8. LET THAT SHIT GO
The expectations, the anger, the resentment, the relationships that are holding you back, the job that doesn’t value you, the people that just don’t appreciate you...LET IT GO! You have important things to do and don’t need to waste your precious energy on the things you can’t control. What are you still holding on to that is standing in your way of being who you want to be? Sit still, get quite and write down ways to let it go...don’t take that garbage with you into 2018...you’ve got important things to do my dear!
9. GET TO WORK
All the things you want to do, you know what you shouldn’t do? Sit around daydreaming about the ‘right’ time to go after them...because the right time is NOW. Even if it’s just a single baby step. There is no ‘right’ time and there is no better feeling than taking action towards the life you want for yourself. So get to it, you’ll feel SO good you did!
10. BE PRESENT
Make time for QUALITY time. Quality time with no distractions. Not on the phone while your kids play or answering emails on date night. We easily carve out time to work very easily, it's time to nurture relationships and give the important ones the time they deserve! Get quiet, get present and notice all the little gifts waiting to be discovered (and how much calmer your nervous system is!)
11. HAVE FUN
Life can be serious. This year, in this current climate, has been a challenging one with serious and important issues rising to the surface. These issues need our time and attention and lots of conversation. There is a time to be serious and a time to enJOY this precious gift of life! How do you invite joy, fun and play into your life? How can you create more space for FUN in 2018?
12. MEDITATION CALMS THE CRAY-CRAY
That’s pretty much it, ha! Be still, be quiet, sit and make friends with your monkey brain. Watch and notice how the cray-cray mind chatter softens and you connect to your authentic light!
13. WOMEN RULE
We’ve always known this but this year we are proud of the empowered circle of women speaking their truth, owning their truth and sharing their truth with the world. We have been inspired to reflect and see how we can step into our womanhood more powerfully and how we can support ALL women more. We are inspired by the strength, resilience, perseverance and power of our female sisters and can’t wait to see what positive changes we see in 2018!
14. SPEAK YOUR TRUTH
Say what you mean and mean what you say from a place of authenticity and love. Maybe that means speaking up in the moment, after meditating or several years later...if it’s on your heart, express it.
We are all works in progress and doing the best that we can with the information and skills we have at the time. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it terribly wrong. Take time to reflect and forgive those in your life (maybe even yourself) that got it wrong. Forgive if you can and let those burdens go with this passing year.
16. FAIL BETTER
We have experienced failures this year! We’ve been let go of jobs, tried things in our business (and got it WAY wrong), took big risks that were way harder than we anticipated, etc. But through each of these "failures" we learned SO much! We learned more clearly what we want, what we value and the kind of work we want to do in the world. Had we not taken these risks or stepped outside of our comfort zones we wouldn’t have learned some amazing lessons or gotten so clear in a short amount of time! We plan to keep taking risks in 2018!
17. GIRLFRIENDS ARE EVERYTHING
This year for us has brought some amazing highs and big lows. It’s been a year of tremendous growth which can be exciting and scary and wicked uncomfortable. Having a girlfriend who sees you, knows you, loves you and holds the vision for you of what you want your life to be is a treasure. Having a girlfriend(s) serve as your north star reminding you where you are headed (where you said you wanted to go) is a miracle. More than that, really, it’s an essential ingredient to living an empowered life. Find your tribe of women and love them hard.
Happy New Year!
Michaela and Connie