Release the past to embrace the present

We must first release our past in order to embrace our present.

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As I sit here and write this it's the first new day of 2018. I'm curled up on my coach with a thick blanket wrapped around me and a cup of coffee in my hands. Big, fluffy snow flakes are falling outside and a sleepy stillness has settled over my little town.

I've always found that there is something magical about January 1st. Never wanting to miss a moment of this auspicious day I have taken to waking up early to sit in silence by myself and reflect on the past year. Releasing and letting go in order to walk forward into the new year refreshed and excited to embrace the present.

Often people seem to rush into planning, goal setting and future mapping without properly looking at the importance of the previous year. The past is always there to teach us something, even the moments we would rather forget.

2017 seems to have been a mixture of really joyful moments and extreme pain points for us all. I for one am extremely glad to be shutting the door on 2017, may she never be repeated again. That's not to say I didn't learn a lot from this past year. My word for 2017 is resilient. Resilient because somewhere along my path I had forgotten just how fierce I can be when it is really needed. That even in the most gut wrenching painful moments of your life your soul is there to comfort you, pick you up off the floor and show you how to keep going.

My thought is this. Do not dismiss your pain points.

I believe if you look a little closer, you will see these moments where actually moments of immense growth. In order to prevent ourselves from falling into the same bad patterns and making the same mistakes over and over again we must first remember, reflect and then let it go.

My wish for you is that you start this year off fresh, a blank canvas so to speak. Free to paint your own path towards whatever sets your soul ablaze. 

Looking back on 2017 do you have a word or feeling that completely describes your year? I would love for you to leave it in the comments below or head on over to my Instagram to continue the conversation.