2016 was an epic experience and so attention must be paid. One of the ways I close out the year is to do a review. I ask myself a couple of questions to anchor in the experiences of the last 12 months and prepare myself for what is to come. Here's what came up for me. Grab your journal and seek your own answers.

1. Describe 2016 in one word.

Progress. Forward.

Okay, that's two words but they fit. This year I made massive progress, I moved forward. And I did that by looking within. I asked myself some pretty hard questions (and didn't always like the answers) and moved forward. Did I do everything on my list this year? No...but progress is progress. I'll take it.

2. What was your biggest win?

Launching my coaching practice. It was about showing up as who I really wanted to be in this world. The brightest, truest version of myself instead of the representative I'd put on display for so many years. Authentic. True. Opening myself up has allowed me to be of service in the greatest way possible. #missionaccomplished

3. What was your greatest failure? 

While the details will remain private, the lessons I am willing to share because I believe they apply to all of us. Our growth depends on getting the lesson. We have to pass the test. Life knows when we attempt to cheat and it won't stand for it. Peeking at your neighbor's paper isn't going to cut it. We have to do the work by going inside of ourselves to where the deepest wounds reside and bring them out into the light. There will be tears. Lots of tears. Consider them a baptism. Forgiveness of ourselves and others. We come out new on the other side. Bless it with Love and let it go. That's how we progress to the next level. Final Grade: A+

4. What will stay the same?

My hunger to always live out loud. It's the only way I know how to do it.

5. Where do you crave the most change?

Focus. My intention is to be singularly focused over the next 12 months. If it doesn't bring me closer to my goals then it's a distraction. I can no longer afford distractions.

Bonus Q: If 2017 goes according to plan, what's the word you'll use to describe it 365 days from now?

Freedom. It doesn't get any better than that.

Love + Light,

Dawn

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