It's taken a few days for me to get my head around this being a new year and how things can begin anew. Last year really sucked! I lost my beloved father and I wasn't able to say my last good-bye. It has been really hard. It was also the year of the Horse which meant that truth and honesty was at the forefront of 2014. No matter how hard you tried to hide it or ignore it, truth will tell. And you had to deal with it!
Deal with it, I did. One thing after another. Dad died. Friendships were tested and didn't make the cut. A helping hand was cruelly dismissed and severed for good. Contracts ended. Loyalties were betrayed. Dreams lost. Lots of tears of anguish, pain and an unsettling feeling that if these things didn't happen, I would have stayed in exactly the same position. Because I know I wouldn't have been the one to walk away from all these people. I won't let this negativity and bad things follow me into a new year.
Loyalty is a strange thing. It's strong. It's powerful. It's binding. But it can also be misplaced. In the end you can only really count on yourself and what you believe in. Your integrity and speaking up for what you believe in. You can't always count on others, so you have to do much of the heavy lifting yourself. It's not a bad gig if you have the unconditional love and support of a wonderful partner who helps put it all into perspective.
My vow to me for 2015 is to stay true to myself. I've launched REALLIFEwomen With a Cause and I will champion, support, encourage, inspire, learn from and grow with the women I surround myself with. Each month I will focus on an issue or cause which I want to find out more about and share with the world what I've learned. I will announce it at the beginning of the month and those who want to join me can sign up for events and REALLIFEtalks. I truly believe we can change the world one person at a time and leading by example.
All I want to do is to continue to live the blessed life I have worked so tirelessly for with gratitude, humility and constant state of learning.
What about you - what’s one thing that you are happy that you learned about yourself last year that you would like to continue in 2015? Let the celebrations begin!
Lots of love,