The New Year is often a time of inner reflection. To ask yourself what have I learned this year? What’s worked well for me that I can build on, or what do I need to do differently. And then to take those lessons forward into the new year.
This New Years Day, we had the privilege of sharing time with special friends celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. What an awesome achievement!
This got me thinking (and wondering) where those 40 years had gone to. What advice would the older me have given the young bridesmaid back on 1 January 1983.
First up –
Be you – follow your truth
This is about knowing yourself, and living your true authentic life. Not what someone else says you should do, or be. Living a life in line with your core values. Think of your values like your GPS, they are what keep you on track and heading in the right direction. It’s when these get challenged or tested, that things can get difficult for us often leading to stress and anxiety. Be you – the amazing, unique person that you are. Shine brightly and don’t let your light be dimmed by others expectations, judgements or shoulds. Follow your dreams. Ask yourself ‘what else is possible’ when you you are searching for an answer and wait quietly for the answer to appear.
Be human – trust yourself
We all make mistakes in life, but they are simply learning opportunities. Stay out of the beat up zone when these show up for us. We are spiritual beings, having a human experience on this planet and our mission is to learn. Our soul yearns for growth so trust yourself and your intuition – your inner guidance. Follow your heart it will always know where to lead you.
There is loads of research around the heart brain connection, intuitive intelligence, managing stress and finding a deeper connection to self and others. It’s worth checking out.
Be courageous – and never stop learning
Move outside your comfort zone as that is where the magic and growth happens. Have an enquiring mind. Ask questions, and challenge your thoughts and beliefs. We have over 60,000 thoughts per day, make sure you are listening to the right channel. Remember you are in control of the remote! Don’t let the seven year old you, rule your life. Dare to be different. Surround yourself with people and experiences that feed your soul.
Heard of the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog, new tricks’? That one’s been disproven – never stop learning till the day you depart.
And finally – always remember – you are enough.
Follow your truth, Trust yourself, Be courageous