Looking Forward in 2018
2017 was awesome! It was so different from other years. I took some risks and came out on top, and couldn't be more happy with how I feel. I still have some off days, but overall I learned how best to deal with my emotions.
I'm just going to get into what I'm looking forward to this year!
I kicked off 2017 with an epic trip to Egypt and Jordan (with a day in Istanbul, Turkey), and, boy, what a way to begin a year! It was absolutely magnificent and marvelous. The trip totally tested my strength, what I can deal with and how I view things around me. It was strenuous at times - a true adventure! Traveling with friends in a group of strangers was a real treat. We all got to bond and do activities together. Long story short: we traveled to a new city every 2 days (roughly), hiked up a mountain (and back down! 🙈 ), sailed down the Nile, flew in a hot-air balloon, and camped in the desert. It was glorious, and I wouldn't have traded it for the world. My eyes were opened wider than they normally are, and I couldn't be more grateful for the experience.
I was also fortunate enough to head to New Orleans for one of my best friend's wedding, and that was a treat as well. So much fun to participate in a real NOLA wedding complete with a second line (scroll over for video), masks, a crawfish BBQ, and amazing people. And I also did the tourist thang in Washington, D.C., which was a lot of fun.
That being said, I can't wait to continue traveling internationally in 2018! For the past couple of years, I have been giving my passport some work, and I want to continue on this trend. For the time being, I will continue to add to my Pinterest vision board of places I'd like to travel to. I have so many places in mind, but who knows what will happen? I'm game for anything.
Last year, I was able to really get in touch with my intuition and learn how to take direction from my higher self. Many of my years were spent taking direction from others, friends, family, and so-called "experts." Nothing beats listening to myself, though. I really had to be confident and put pause on taking advice from others, because how does someone else know what is best for me? You'll see a lot of people don't even know what is best for themselves, so how is it possible that another human being can know what I should do?
I'll even take it back to traveling for a second: in October 2015, I was looking at someone else's pictures to Egypt completely awestruck. "I have to go to Egypt!" I exclaimed. I was so excited about it just looking at someone else's pictures. Not even two months later, my friend Nicole asked me if I wanted to go with a group. Normally, I hem and haw and make it difficult for myself to make decisions, but this was fate. How could I say no? I'm going to credit this to when I started paying attention to synchronicity.
So much of 2017 was spent taking stock of things around me and paying attention to clues. When I was thinking about someone and that exact person called me - synchronicity! And how awesome! We're tuned in! Or if I was thinking about a subject, and then I saw a book come across my Twitter feed on the same exact subject. That only started happening and happening frequently when I started shutting out the outer noise to be more acquainted with the inner silence.
Something that helped me out late in the year was the book Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss, thanks to listening to one of my new favorite podcasts, Hippie Witch by Joanna Devoe. I got so much from just reading the sample, and it made me emotional. It was through synchronicity I found a new job position, and through synchronicity where I'm able to come across clues when I'm walking down the street.
I highly recommend this book because the author just puts it in your head to be aware of everything around you. You literally never know where it may lead you.
In 2017, I took a tiny step back from all of the chatter on my phone. I'm still working on it, but the time I was diligent in not being on my phone so much was wonderful and much needed. I took text notifications off of my phone. I didn't like the feeling of when I got a text message that I had to look at it. And that's not a real rule. I don't have to look at my phone just because someone texts me. That's not a thing. More importantly, that's not my thing. I was starting to feel obligated to answer and, you know, sometimes I'd feel some type of way if I was watching a video on my phone or doing something - anything - and I would get a random text. A text that wasn't an emergency. A text that, 95 percent of the time, was not related to me in any kind of way. I appreciate the sharing, and at the same time, I don't want it. At least not right now.
Texting less meant more phone calls, which was awesome. Sometimes talking once a week or every two weeks with someone is better than filling time in with random text conversation because you feel like you need to speak with that person. I love not checking my text messages because it's ruled my world since I got a BlackBerry in 2010. That's too much. Some people can multitask. I am not one of those people, nor is texting a task on my to-do.
For 2018, I will continue to use my non-texting time to continue reading (I read 51 books last year) and taking notes. And also meditating more! This is something I've struggled with in the past, but that's because I saw it as a struggle. I just have to do it.
4. Taking risks!
I did the ultimate at the end of 2016 and quit my job. I was totally scared, but I felt like the environment I was in just wasn't good for my wellbeing at all. It had to go! I was scared, especially because I didn't have something else lined up. I applied for countless jobs, went on lots of interviews and second interviews, and things didn't pan out - until it did. And it led me to a position I totally enjoy, have freedom, and feel appreciated. And that led me to working with other clients.
Not only that, I have been studying astrology diligently for well over a year, and I took a chance and started doing birth chart readings after I got acclimated doing many impromptu ones for friends. I have never sold anything before, so to take a leap and others in the process was (and is) truly rewarding.
I also changed how I ate. After seeing What the Health, I was completely freaked out and a little dejected over food, but it definitely kicked things in motion and I drastically cut down my meat, dairy, and sugar consumption. I want to kick it into even higher gear for 2018. When I was eating mostly fruit in the summer, I felt so good! I was looking slim, however, I know my body was getting rid of the gunk I've been eating for the past 31 years.
Learning more about spirituality was also a big theme in 2017. I learned so much about life, myself, and questioned everything. I've been on this journey for a little while now, but each year I learn more and more new (old) information that's truly beneficial. This year I learned more about:
More things are coming down the pike for myself - fun things with the podcast I co-host, Channel Ascension, DIY projects (mainly beauty), and creativity! I am looking at everything as being a creative force, not just what the masses say is creative. I am a creator. I am here to create. We create ev-er-y-thing in our lives. Now, it's just about continuing to be more even more conscious about it.
I wish you an abundant 2018! Let this be a time to create your own rules in this here life and do whatever the fuck you want, as long as you don't hurt anyone - including yourself.