My 3 Biggest Lessons from 2015: Part 1

Almost exactly one year ago today, I sat down and reflected on 2014 and thought about the year to come.

What I became aware of was that my focus for 2014 had been self-reflection and self-development (energy moving inward with a lot of internal work). I invested a lot of time and money on myself, hiring a creative emergence coach, traveling to South America, and enrolling in multiple personal development programs.

Then it was time to set my intentions. I had a pretty clear sense that 2015 was going to be all about moving outward with a lot more external work in the world. As I sat down and wrote out my intentions (which I’m going to be teaching others how to do in my upcoming seminar on December 29th at 2pm ET), I became aware that my focus for 2015 was going to be self-direction and other-development. I was ready to take all that I had learned and done in 2014 and bring it to others in the new year.

My three intentions (can you tell I have a thing for "three's"?) for 2015 were to: create, commit, and cultivate. Put another way, I was looking for more creativity, focus, and abundance in my life.

Now, almost exactly one year later, as I reflect on 2015, I see just how effective my intention-setting was.

While I may not have checked each goal off my list (yet another reason I am less interested in goal-setting than I am intention-setting), my intentions were met. That’s the cool thing about intentions—they are touchstones that can serve as a guiding light throughout the year while allowing us to remain open to the flow and guidance of the universe.

As I reflect on how my intentions to be more creative, focused, and abundant came to fruition, I feel called to share the top three lessons I learned (as the lessons learned are equally as important as the intentions set).

In today’s video, I share the first of these and how exactly I learned it and practiced it throughout the year.

If you’re anything like me and are interested in using this time of year to reflect on the lessons you’ve learned, I invite you to watch today’s video where my insights might just spark an incredible lesson for you to take with you into the new year.

For so many of us, it’s all too easy to get to the end of the year and feel disappointed or "less than.” This is why I’ve started setting intentions that support my wholeness and choose to see the lessons I’ve learned as important to my end-of-year reflections so that I can be reminded that everything happens for a reason to get me to where I am right now. Plus ...

Reflecting on the lessons learned helps us focus on how far we’ve come rather than on what we didn’t accomplish. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you! What was one of your biggest lessons learned in 2015? Post your learnings and reflections in the comments below so we can all continue to learn from one another on this incredible journey.

Do you know someone who could benefit from reflecting on the lessons from 2015? If so, please pass this along to them. It’s a great time of year to give to others!