The lessons of 2015 have been second to none, and when I shared these with you all on Facebook, it seems you thought so too. So I share them with you here and hope they rock your world in 2016:

  1. Devote to living slow. Collect your life’s stories and experiences like treasure and ditch the urgency to reach your life’s peak pinnacle; knowing the best is yet to come is one of life’s greatest gifts. One day you will be a knower of all, a well challenged and lived woman with wild stories to tell. Now is your time to collect the treasured moments, capture the feelings in the spaces between, and open yourself up to the twists and turns ahead. Let your story be written, stop trying to turn the page.
     
  2. Gift yourself opportunity's to surprise yourself, often. It opens doors to your spirit you didn’t know were closed. Say yes to things you know nothing about. Do the opposite to what you would usually do. Challenge yourself to act on the spot. Let yourself be guided towards the hidden nooks and crannies of your psyche that are hungry for the limelight.
     
  3. Sacrifice can crush your spirit and squash your hope. Or it can give you strength, clarity, hunger and fierce determination; Your choice.
     
  4. Like it or not, you can’t do anything in this world all on your own. You need people. You need people to fulfil their roles in society so you can fulfil yours. You need people to recognise your own downfalls, hang ups and disguises. You need people to remind you of your shining light and uniqueness. You need people just as much as they need you. So be kind and act with grace for the sake of the human race. We need each other.
     
  5. If you must strive for anything in life, always strive to live in the green. Be healthier than your body needs to be. Save more money than you need to save. Love more than you need to love. Give more than you need to give. Take care of yourself more than you need to take care of yourself. Abundance is a choice. It’s also your ticket to freedom and limitless energy to do whatever the fuck you want.
     
  6. Be careful what you wish for. Your thoughts, your actions, your resentment, your excitement, your tears, your gratitude, your decisions, your life - is one big magical machine of manifestation. Make sure you’re ready for it.
     
  7. Your dreams, your way. There is no template, rulebook or curriculum for how they must take form in your life. How you bring them to life is just as much a part of your story as the outcome itself. Every moment is another opportunity to make it yours.
     
  8. Freedom is never to be taken for granted. Be thankful for it daily.
     
  9. Your weaknesses make you as much of an awesome person as your strengths do. Own them. Celebrate them. Take them out to dinner every once in a while.
     
  10. Experiment. Fake it ’til you make it. Try it on for size. And if it still feels like a raging ‘No’, you have permission to walk away. Life’s too short.
     
  11. Taking the leap - If the universe says jump, and you don’t; you will get pushed and you will have to jump anyway. Whether you do it on your own terms or not is your choice. But either way, it’s happening whether you like it or not. That’s a certainty you can count on.
     
  12. Knowing what you don’t want is just as juicy as knowing what you do want. Start there and you will slowly uncover all that you seek.
     
  13. As corny, cliche and simple as it sounds, Love is all there is. Love is all that matters. The sooner we realise it, the sooner we find freedom.
     
  14. Generosity is liberating. Do it often; better yet, schedule it. Budget for it. Make it a non-negotiable. Your time, your money, your energy, your love, your prayers. Be generous with all of it. There’s plenty more where that came from. Use it or lose it.
     
  15. Doing things half-assed will always get you a half-assed result. Choose a couple of things that are worthy of your energy and give them your all. Your best is what this world needs, not your half-ass attempt at crossing things off your list. If you’re not in it with all you’ve got, get the fuck out. And when you get out, make sure you actually get out. Cut ties, close the door and draw a line in the sand. Clarity and closure brings fierce freedom.
     
  16. Your body is a fucking temple. Treat it well, let it stand tall with pride, and use it to express the rockstar within. Give the world a glimpse into the goddess that inhabits her space; your human existence is your canvas for your spirit’s creativity. Let your body be a vehicle, a billboard, a masterpiece for your stories, values and desires.
     
  17. Knowledge alone isn’t power. Knowledge that you apply and live and breathe; is the highest power. It separates the do-ers from the dreamers, the serious from the spectators. Words and intention will only ever get you so far; Show me you practice what you preach and you have my respect.
     
  18. Self-acceptance and self-improvement can co-exist. In fact they must for a life well lived, for without both we are always selling ourselves short. You are both perfect as you are AND you are always a 'before photo' for personal growth. Let your soul dance simultaneously between the two.
     
  19. The only thing that stands between you and your dreams is your own self-belief. Everything else is temporary, irrelevant or accessible with clarity and honest hard work.
     
  20. When you look back at your past year, it’s obvious to see that everything was an accumulation of your choices. ‘That’ happened because you chose to go for it. ‘This’ happened because you failed to honour your truth. And with that comes the beautiful reminder that choice really is the control and the power we spend our lives searching for. Choice is the superpower that when done consciously, can create the future of your dreams. And the best part is, you can start right now. Choose wisely.