I know I’ve missed a lot of favourites for the past few months and have barely written any posts. I had been feeling quite anxious on a daily that I never made writing a priority during that time. I hope to change that in the coming year but I’ll start now with this post looking at the year in review and sharing my November & December Favourites 🙂
Over the past few months, I had been questioning my decisions about my career and what is it that I am really trying to achieve and I felt as though I had lost my purpose. I couldn’t see how what I was doing was going to get me to where I wanted to be. I didn’t trust the process and kept thinking about the future and not being in the present moment and I wasn’t BEING HERE NOW. But what I realized in that time period was that in the end, it was me letting my mind play tricks on me. My negative thoughts were taking over and I wasn’t doing anything to stop them. It is crazy to see how one thought of negativity can spiral into a million so quickly. Taming those thoughts is a challenge in itself and requires constant effort. My meditation practice had also stopped which probably made that a lot harder to deal with.
I find my bliss in writing whether it reaches 1 or a million. Its not about the numbers or the money. To me, writing is my salvation. In the midst of our busy lives and playing catch up in the rat race, we forget to do things that bring us JOY because we feel that we are “wasting” our time. But really, it’s doing the things we love that allow us to excel in our lives. So never forget to pursue your hobbies and take time out for YOU no matter what others tell you. You know yourself best and never let that be taken away from you.
I just got back from a week in Honduras (writing this on the plane ride back to Toronto) and it was time to set my goals and intentions for 2018. I love the idea of a new year; Looking back at the year and reflecting and learning from achievements and failures and then creating new ones for the new year.
(Scuba Diving in Honduras)
2017 started off great. I checked off another continent (5/7) on my 6 week adventure across Australia and New Zealand. That was followed by a successful 4/5 months with my home staging business (learning and growing the business, 2017 being the first official year) and that followed with me purchasing my first investment property, taking a trip to Cabo, Mexico and moving out for the summer in Toronto. I went on a trip to India for work and to visit my family after 5 years and automated my business as everything was being done manually and took part in an industry home show.
(Milford Sound, New Zealand)
(The day I moved into my place for the summer-hence the mess)
(Penthouse I staged in Downtown Toronto)
But the year is never complete with some lows as well. Mid way through the year I noticed business started to slow down and I hadn’t completed the biggest priority of the year which was to launch my e-commerce platform for the business (actively working on that now for a launch in Jan 2018). Some breakups and makeups, contemplating my businesses and whether it was something I really wanted to do. I was yearning to grow and build a team that I can work with on a daily basis as mostly I work by myself most of the day (it gets quite lonely) and I was questioning all of my decisions. I found myself cash strapped as all my savings were put away which meant I couldn’t move out permanently. My health and fitness goals were not met and I started feeling overwhelmed, anxious and negative every single day because I kept dwelling on my non-achievements.
I felt I did not hustle hard enough. I was doing things but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled or motivated. I stopped taking action and let my thoughts get the best of me. I learned that I was doing this but I was not prioritizing the most important things (that’s probably because those are the most challenging so we try to avoid them by feeling like we are doing something by doing tasks that don’t further our progress. I know that prioritization is the key to a successful year. I was doing work but the work I was doing wasn’t getting me to where I wanted to go. I focused way too much energy on the day to day tasks and never made the time for the tasks that were truly important.
If there is one thing I have learned while I set my intentions for 2018 is that You can never have a perfect year full of successes. The world works in a way that if it brings you the highs, the lows are just part of the game. In the end, its about how you choose to deal with the hardships and finding the lessons in those moments.
I know 2018 will be the most challenging year for me thus far. With a heavy focus on my career ( making a decision to grow my current businesses) and health, I have got kick some A** and build myself a machine if I want to live the life I have always dreamed about for myself. Everything I’ve set out to do this year gets me out of my comfort zone.
WARRIOR. That’s my word for 2018.
The warrior mindset is what I will need to move from challenge after challenge. I have to get comfortable with failing and just the thought of that now makes me uncomfortable but I have to learn to learn from my failures. Fail fast and get right back up again. Find the courage to be brave and truly have that warrior mindset. Not just to think it but BECOME IT and BECOME A PERSON OF ACTION.
Think of what your word is going to be for 2018 to get you through those uncomfortable moments because let’s be honest, each of us will be going through our own set of obstacles!
I can go on writing about this but before this post gets way too long, I’ll end off with my favourites for Nov/Dec 2017 🙂
Wishing everyone reading this an incredible new year!
My Favourites for November & December 2017 🙂
Trip to Honduras with my Sister
Ted Talk by Tony Robbins : Why we do what we do?
Christmas with Family