We did it. That week after Christmas when no one knows when it is and all the schedules are off in beautiful, messy ways. We did it.
It’s during this week between years that Matt and I traditionally go away for a weekend to process out the highs, lows, and complexities of the past year and dream/plan for the new year. This year, I will not forget sitting over tacos (and breaking my “low-histamine-only-foods” diet) crying about how 2023 was actually harder than my 2022.
All the hopes for my new work, getting healthier habits, and being more present at home took me literally ALL year to make wake in.
- Selling a course turned out not to be fulfilling work for me.
- The stress of running a studio had taken more of a toll on my mind and body than I had given credit to. It was an untangling mess to sort.
- My mind, work and time could not figure out the balance of fulfilling work + helping to pay for 3 kids in braces, a third car, and teens on our car insurance.
I knew I had closed our studio to be more present at home, yet I didn’t know how hard the mix of everything all together would be. 2023 was a doozy.
So, when I hear the phrase “new year, new me,” it kind of makes my skin crawl. I don’t want to be a new me. I don’t want to start over. Last year was hard, but I dug deep and I just want to continue the work.
Can you relate?
I want you to know that YOU are enough. Just as you are! Right here and right now… you are alive, breathing and a one of a kind masterpiece.
This year, at our goal planning weekend, was the first time in all our years of marriage that I had no business goals. No launching a store, studio, subscription kits, courses or workshops like there has always been in the past. It was really freeing.
What we all need is to feel confident that we have something to offer right now. It may just be a smile, a little extra kindness, the initiative to reach out, and be a connecting force to show others they matter too. I know I can do that without big business goals. I just need to show up as me. I will be sharing little one minute videos over on YouTube as daily doses of my imagination. This is just for fun, and if you need a little inspiration, I welcome you to follow along.
If you need a reminder, that you can keep going, with where you are in your journey too, I will be launching my “YOU” collection this Saturday in the shop. The pieces have been created to remind you and those you love that YOU MATTER. This is our year to continue to play, rest, heal, and grow. Cheering you on always.
In it with you,