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I picked the word Essential this year. Here's what happened…
When I make my theme word for the year, I want it to be a loving, yet firm reminder of what is important to me. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the next bright shiny thing or in pursing egocentric goals because that’s what I “should” be doing, so I need my word to be my guide.
My theme word helps me stay centered on what I have declared is needed in my life, day after day, week after week, month after month.
For 2015, I was led by the word Essential.
I was coming off a crazy external year in 2014 — buying a home, remodeling a home, having my 2nd darling baby, moving into said remodeled home — all while running my business and raising my two year old and being a wife and a lover and a sister and a friend and a daughter.
Needless to say, I was a tad exhausted.
Glowing with happiness, but abso-fucking-lutely exhausted.
Essential called to me as a way to focus my energy for the year — anything that wasn’t my family, my business, or my health was a second priority.
It’s not the way I always want to live (’cause I LOVE me some girlfriends, and travel, and adventure, and exercising creativity, and working on my house, and adrenaline rushes, and learning new things) but for 2015, I needed to pare down for my own sanity.
And guess what?
Essential worked for me.
I feel incredibly bonded with my family and we honored many of our family values together. Quarterly camping trips! Friday family fundays! Books galore! Plus we handled a ton of annoying open loops like life insurance and doctor’s appointments and childcare.
Stratejoy thrived — launched Summer Camp, hired Dee (the best ever right hand woman,) doubled revenue, and started some crazy huge Community rebranding for next year. I am utterly in love with my work and my Tribe right now.
For the first time in my adult life, I have a truly dedicated movement practice. Swimming has become my meditation, alone time and exercise. And twice a week yoga keeps me grounded, limber and strong. We’ve been playing around with dietary changes and less drinking and have been figuring out loving ways to honor our bodies without harsh restriction.
All of this? It happened because of The Holiday Council.
Not only do I love guiding this program, but I am also 100% dedicated to doing the work in my own life. It’s a bit magical and a bit practical — and after 6 years of working it — I can honestly say my life wouldn’t be the same without this process.
Ken was looking at all my old vision boards last week and said,
“Whoa. Your life totally looks that.”
Beaches, babies, chill time, yoga, speaking gigs, bare feet, kisses, gal pal circles, a modern home, natural beauty, family traditions, dinner parties, supportive team…
So, you? What do you think? Is it time to really dedicate yourself to this process?
There are only five days left to join me for The Holiday Council.
And if this wasn’t already clear, I believe this is the best gift you can give yourself this season. The gift of awareness. The gift of clarity. The gift of support as you set your big, bright goals into motion.
Our 21 days together will take you from feeling like life is moving a warp speed to understanding exactly where you’ve been in 2015 and what you want from 2016.
No judgement, just support and celebration.
No bullshit, just a bevy of other like-minded women.
No gurus, just a leader who’s been walking women through this process for 6 magical years (and loving every minute of it).
I love gathering with you, telling stories, sharing my knowledge, holding space for the hard stuff and celebrating the the amazing things both big and small. And nothing makes me happier than to witness your deliberate gratitude, big dreaming and ambitious action-planning for the new year.
(Plus, the extra camaraderie of these three weeks really helps me get my own New Year visioning done as well… Nothing like knowing I have to send my worksheets to you Insiders to light a fire underneath my butt!)
The Holiday Council is set up to be affordable way to get and stay involved in Stratejoy — I look forward to welcoming you back, year after year. It’s incredible to see it becoming a treasured December tradition for so many of you.
We’re waiting for you in the FB group right now.
And ALL THE THINGS kick off Monday!
With big love and extra gratitude for you today.