Oh what a year it's been! When I sat down to do my annual review and celebrate everything that's happened in 2015 I was gobsmacked to see how much I'd done, experienced, and accomplished. It was truly a monumental year: we moved into our new flat, adopted our kitty, and got married. I launched my business and the Punk Rock Personal Development podcast and quit my day job. I created two online courses and wrote an ebook. There were new friends, amazing trips, and so many wonderful memories. It wasn't all sunshine and roses, as I struggled with a serious mental health crisis that really forced me to develop a new level of emotional resilience and trust in my own inner knowing.
Whatever you're doing to celebrate (or not) tonight I hope you'll take at least a few moments to really relish how far you've come this year and everything you've done and learned along the way.
I've been digging through my archives as I've reflected on 2015 and I wanted to share with you my top 12 posts from the past 12 months and I'd love to know, which have been your favourites.
It’s true that we’re shaped by the things we do consistently. All of the good things – meditation, healthy eating, creative work, exercise – take regular practice to have an impact. I think that creating a daily practice that’s realistic and nourishes every part of us is important, as long as we allow for a certain amount of fluidity and check in with ourselves regularly to honour how we're feeling and take care of what we need on that particular day. This post contains all of my top tips for sticking with your daily practice and infusing your schedule with practical magic.
We often talk about inspiration as some sort of mythic beast that either blesses us with its presence or doesn't. You might wonder why some people seem to be brimming over with ideas all of the time, while you can never figure out what to write, paint, [insert your creative passion here]. And when your job or your passion project depends on your creative output, a lack of inspiration feel fatal. Luckily science (and personal experience!) has shown that you can jump start your inspiration and become a more creative person over time. But the reality is that there are many things you can do to keep inspiration in your corner.
This post was by far my most popular this year and that doesn't really surprise me - most of us have a serious case of wanderlust and are looking for ways to infuse our lives with more adventure. But time and budget constraints mean that most of us can’t jet off on holiday whenever we want to. We get to choose what our life looks and feels like, so instead of letting it get dull or mundane just because there isn’t an epic vacation on your horizon, this post will help you commit to spicing up your day to day with endless mini adventures
The common thread through most of my writing is that we are radically free and responsible for creating every aspect of our lives. The way I see it, when you start learning to love yourself and become the kind of person who is ready for the relationship you want, you put yourself in a position to attract a partner who’s suited for you and to allow yourself to be happy with them. That might sound like an insurmountable task, but I don’ think it has to be. This post walks you through you through some things you can start doing today to become the "right" person.
So often self-love is talked about in terms of vague metaphors or we're told to affirm over our problems, simply wishing them away. I want to help you dive into the heart of it. Into all the messy uncertainty, so that you can really learn to embrace and accept who you are right now and take steps towards the person you want to become. This post has bundled up 20 posts I've written that are chock-a-block with practical, actionable strategies for loving yourself, wholly and completely.
Using a cash budget has allowed me to create more freedom with my finances. Since starting to use one I've felt more abundant and I've been able to let most of my money-based guilt go. In this post I walk you through how to implement and stick with this simple strategy, as well as why it's so revolutionary. I've been ecstatic to receive so many emails from people who have started using one with great success since reading it and I hope it will be helpful for you too.
Affirmations get a bad rep. They’re dismissed as woo woo garbage that encourages us to say positive things to ourselves without doing anything to create the changes they want. That’s because most people are using them wrong. If you use affirmations to affirm something that simply isn't true, your inner critic is just going to pipe up and say "Bullshit!" (and rightfully so). But I think affirmations can be transformational by acting as a big ABORT button on our obsessive, negative thinking. In this post I show you a more powerful way to create affirmations that actually work (and there's a free workbook, too!)
Meditation isn't everyone's jam but mindfulness is still a really important, transformational tool. When we live more mindfully it becomes easier to accept things exactly as they are, tap into our intuition, and align ourselves with where we want to go. We begin to quiet our minds, reduce our stress, and gain clarity. In this post I share 13 ways you can practice mindfulness without ever sitting on a meditation cushion.
The number one reason that people tell me they struggle with when it comes to achieving their dreams is money. They say they simply can’t afford the things they want. End of story. But the fact is there are SO many ways to earn more money. In this post, I share some creative examples from people I know in real life as well as 65 ways you can afford your dreams (these are real, actionable ideas that you could start using right away).
I've gotten asked quite a few times is how I manage to "do it all." The short answer is: I don't. But, I do manage to get a lot done and manage a huge number of projects. In this post gives you a behind the scenes peeks of the exact tools, strategies, and rituals I use to stay on top of 15 projects at once.
When life is busy and every day feels packed to the brim, our self-care is often the first thing to fall by the wayside. This post will help you continue cultivating self-love no matter how little time you might have to yourself right now.
Forgiveness is such an abstract concept and so often we avoid it because it seems like we're letting the other person "win." That we're condoning their behaviour if we forgive. But forgiveness is a gift to ourselves. It's more about us, than the other person. It allows us to drop that heavy baggage and truly step forward. To intentionally choose our response. To really heal and release the negative energy once and for all. To move on, if you will. In this post I share the transformational practices that I've been using to make forgiveness a tangible reality in my life.
I know that lots of people are really down on New Year's resolutions and it's true that I like to take a more holistic view of designing my life. We have the opportunity to reevaluate and chart a new course at any time of the year. But with a break from work and some space to slow down, I've been enjoying this chance to go inward, celebrate the past 12 months, and plot out my current values and intentions.
To help infuse this planning with magic I've really been enjoying a few free tools: Nicole's Soulful Planning Intensive, Paul's Achieve Your Goals workbook, desire mapping, and plotting out my perfect week. Tonight I'm planning on sending my wishes up to big mama moon and popping some champagne with my husband while we nosh on lots of yummo food. And I've gathered everything to cast this spell tomorrow in order to bring a sense of intention to the new year.
I have some big plans for 2016 and I can't wait to share them with you. Here's to filling this new year with love, intention, and adventure!