Reflecting on 2017 and my guiding words for 2018

As I reflect on 2017 there are so many things I’m grateful for.

I’ve worked hard this past year creating content for big brands.

I had the opportunity to attend a special red carpet event with Oprah there.

I’ve been writing more and becoming more comfortable doing video.

In addition, our family had some amazing travel experiences in 2017 and I had a special romantic getaway with my husband.

I think those experiences topped the cake!

However, I’m human and the inner critic did get the best of me at times.

It was the “Who do you think you are” voice.

The voice that stems from shame, and fear.

Fear of what others may think and feel.

In the last two months, I’ve really been tuning into these negative emotions, voices, and fear.

What is it trying to teach me?

And what I’ve uncovered is this:

I’ve been people pleasing for the last few years because of fear.

And not just fear of what others may think and feel but ultimately fear of MYSELF!

I know it may seem bizarre.

Who is afraid of themselves? 

The reality is, a lot of people are afraid of their own authentic power.

And when we’re afraid we shrink.

We don’t feel deserving.

We don’t want to come across as overly confident or bragging.

Needless to say, my intention for 2018 is to step into my authentic power.

Without feeling guilty.

Without letting the inner critic tell me I’m not worthy of it.

Because I am. 

And so are you. 

I came across this quote the other day and it could not resonate more.

I will read it repeatedly until its buried so deeply in my subconscious.

It will be my quote/mantra/intention for 2018, and although it’s long, it’s the one I need to repeat again and again so I don’t keep repeating the “disease to please” lesson again and again.

Because when we step into who we are, we essentially inspire others to do the same.

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”-Marianne Williamson ❤️

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