My word for the year is DISCOMFORT. Is that wrong? I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to choose a word with positive connotation and trust me, I tried to find one that summed up where I’m feeling the concentration needs to be within these 12 months but alas. Nope. Negative Connotation Street here we come. But - I am talking about aligned discomfort aka leaning in to resistance aka being temporarily uncomfortable for ultimate elevation. Before last year, my happy zone had been all about staying inside my safe little bubble of familiarity. And that generally resulted in the familiar stench of boredom. Year on year I had wondered - why haven’t I scaled some tall building or gone backpacking or lived on the edge at all? Simple answer - because that wouldn’t have felt easy and familiar from beginning to end. Even if I had ‘wanted’ to do bucket list worthy activities, I didn’t want the awkwardness or embarrassment of learning how to do them, or speaking up and receiving that level of excitement or putting myself in a position where I might fall flat on my face. And then 2019 happened and I started to play with risk and fear and the unfamiliar. And guess what - it was amazing and I grew so much. I did so many things that I would never gone near in the years gone past: > Went to events by myself (huge for me) > Posted videos of myself dancing > Spoke about my self worth and my battles > Howled while naked around a bonfire > Screamed into the ocean > Dived into my spirituality > Co-hosted and spoke at an event > Started writing my book > Started a business I was outside my comfort zone more than I had ever been previously and, I stretched myself in ways I had never imagined. Was it comfortable, easy and graceful from start to finish the whole time? No. A year later most of my friends and community are new to my life since the start of that year and I’ve seen everyone posting about their word of the year. Something I had never even considered or known was a thing. But I love the idea and I love adding layers of intention so here’s to a year of aligned DISCOMFORT. Doing things because they’re right at a soul level even if they make you squirm. Doing things that are an energetic match even if it makes other people displeased (a big one for me!) Doing the stuff that brings you joy or that you feel called to even where it makes you look foolish and silly Bucking the social conventions Confusing the critics Making a mess And having fun. Who’s with me?
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