18 THINGS WE’VE LEARNED IN 2018 (THAT WE’RE TAKING WITH US INTO THE NEW YEAR!)
1. EXPANDING YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Keeping our intention from last year, we continue to LIVE outside of our comfort zone and fiercely pursue our dreams. We are rounding home on our adventure in Romania, launched our second level program at Emaya, put ourselves out there in a bolder way, said goodbye to relationships/opportunities standing in our way and more! We realize that the more we continue to stretch our comfort zones the more comfortable we are with the uncomfortable and unknown and the deeper we can be present and enjoy the adventure!
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. DAILY SADHANA IS EVERYTHING
Our yoga practice continues to be home base for ourselves and serves as a powerful 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. We have been teaching women how to discover and commit to their own daily practices in our Back To HER and HER Mistressmind programs. It has been inspiring and rewarding to see their own practices bloom and the powerful transformations that occur when you commit to this practice each day.
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/thinking and wisdom to take back home with you. Growth is inevitable among adventure and we are here for it!
We will both be celebrating the holidays in Europe and hope to bring back some retreats in 2019!
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; opportunities to connect with an open heart and mind are all around you...say yes and watch the magic unfold!
6. STAY PRESENT
The deeper our practice the more able we are to remain present to each moment and discover the invitation in everything.
When we practice mindfulness our choices, responses, connections and relationships flourish!
7. TAKE TIME FOR YOU
This was a big aha last year and something we’re sticking with in 2019!
Getting still, quiet and clear around what we value, desire and 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!
What we value and desire changes as we expand so it’s always something we come back to year after year.
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 quiet and write down ways to let it go...don’t take that shit with you into 2019...you’ve got important things to do my dear!
9. TAKE INSPIRED ACTION
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.
In our Back To HER program we work with our students to identify their top desire and create an Inspired Action Roadmap to help them get there.
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. HAVE FUN
Life can be serious. This year, in its 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 2019?
11. 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 chatter don’t own the driver’s seat anymore!
12. CIRCLE UP
We’ve always known this to be true 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 2019!!!
13. 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.
14. PRACTICE FORGIVENESS
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.
15. REFRAME FAILURE AND FIND THE MAGIC IN THE MESS
We failed well this year, haha! 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 but, with it all, we LEARNED so much. We learned more clearly what we want, what we value, the kind of work we want to do in the world etc. 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 failing in 2019!
16. LESS IS SO MUCH MORE
Less is more every way you look at it! We’ve decluttered our homes, making space for the things that bring us joy and letting go of the things that just take up space and no longer serve! We’ve gotten better at saying no to opportunities, events and offerings that do not align with our values. In doing this we’ve made room to grow and connect in ways that usher in the joy and keep us open to the possibilities that are right.
17. FIND THE MAGIC!
Spiritual growth has changed us completely. We are able to tune into the magic all around us, the everyday miracles. We are able to know ourselves in a deeply profound way and we are better for this. Our relationships flourish. And when things don’t go our way, we’ve found ways to get back on track. Because we know how to tap into the magic with in. This world is filled with wonder and enchantment. Sitting with our HER is the first step.
18. THE POWER OF INTENTION
You have to know where you are going to get there. We have found that when we set an intention we live life fully and with purpose. When we live on purpose we accomplish our wildest dreams and then some. We step into the woman we’ve always known we were meant to be. And that feels incredible!
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Connie and Michaela