Looking back at 2018, my dream was to re-align the elements of my life with who I am – to be fearless in following my flow. I designed my Bucket Wheel® items around my 50th birthday celebrations and called them my five fabulous things for 2018. Each symbolised one “thing” for each of my five decades. I am pleased to report that I ticked them off one by one. Not only did I have the most fabulous year, I got so much more than I bargained for.
My first fabulous thing was throwing a 50th birthday dinner party at home to honour the special people in my life. The real gift here was having the opportunity to thank all the exceptional people in my life who have contributed to who I am today.
Fabulous things two and three involved travel, music and food – my soul-food as such. I listened to Andrea Bocelli perform on his farm in Tuscany and attended a cooking course in Greece with four of my oldest school friends. These experiences will be imprinted in my memory forever – and I have the photos to prove it! But most of all it reminded me that spending time with friends and family, entertaining and travel are integral activities to making me feel alive. I am now so happy to be reconnected to the things that represent me at my most inspired.
My fourth fabulous thing was to further explore the relationship we have with money. If you’ve read my blogs last year, you will know that I have continued to share my thoughts and guidelines on the importance of this topic.
And finally, my fifth fabulous thing for 2018. Everyone who knows me also knows that my dream is to meet Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly. I have applied to attend her courses many times over, and have been declined on every occasion. I’m happy to report that I have finally been accepted to attend her latest course based on her new book Dare to Lead – and best of all, I will get to meet her before my 50th year is over!
As I have said before, reflection time is revolution time. By reflecting on my past year, I am so much better equipped to plan for my year ahead. I am dressed for authenticity and ready to bring my best self to the world.
Here are my key learnings that I will take into 2019:
To kick off 2019, start off your year by writing about everything that you feel grateful for. And then to delve a little deeper, on a spiritual level, to pinpoint exactly what brings you joy and fulfillment. Give it a try. It’s a compass for keeping track of your goals and dreams, staying true to yourself, and holds the key to moving forward and watching your journey unfold.
Wishing you a joyous and happy 2019!