12/31/2013

How I’m ending 2013

let go, let in

This year has been on of the most challenging and remarkable years of my life. I really did not think it would be possible to be this happy in all areas of my life and guess what, I totally learned something major this year – IT IS POSSIBLE.

One major area of letting go for me is the chatter in my mind that tells me things aren’t quite right, I’m not _______enough, etc. For much of my life that was the ONLY voice in my head and it’s nothing short of a miracle that that isn’t the case today. I’ve done so much to be where I am now that these days it’s about going deeper, refining, and seeing where I can once again let go of faulty beliefs.

I am grateful that despite what my head says I take risks anyway. This year I’ve taken risk after risk and you all have helped me do that. On the days when I’m convinced I just don’t have the energy or desire to move forward I get an email from you or a comment or a Facebook message that alters the course of my day and beyond. Without our community where would we be?

I had a dream a little over two years ago to create a blog where I could share honestly about my experiences and hopefully connect and inspire people on a similar path. Today as I post this it’s clear that once again, if I just keep showing up and putting my heart and soul into it the community will grow. And it has. And it’s beautiful.

Here are some of the risks I took this year that would not have been possible without your encouragement and love:

  • Launched a wellness coaching practice
  • Put up a profile on OkCupid.com (where I met Jason!)
  • Started teaching public yoga classes
  • Said no to what didn’t feel right in my soul
  • Asked for more of what I need from the people that I was most afraid to ask
  • Took better care of myself
  • Learned the true art of slowing down
  • Read so many books
  • Published 4 ebooks
  • Launched online programs and met amazing people
  • Swam in the pacific ocean
  • Let things go, like for real

And on that note, I’m going to do a little release ceremony, let go of 2013 and let in 2014.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year. I hope that you are filled with peace, humility, lightness, and love.

xoa

Comments

  • Maura

    big love from the east coast, ashley

    thank you for sharing in the ways that you do

    daily, weekly

    it all adds up to this gorgeous presence

    with 14 :)
    M.

    • ashley

      Maura,
      You have been on my mind and I am grateful that our virtual paths crossed this year. I love reading your posts and seeing your images. They way you share resonates in a very deep way. So looking forward to what this next year has in store for you!
      xoa

  • meighan

    Thanks for being part of my own personal and business growth this year, and allowing me to be part of yours. So touched we’ve reconnected again, and are able to cheer each other on from each coast. I am so excited to see what you get up to in 2014!

    • ashley

      Meighan! I feel the exact same way about you. I continue to learn and grow in my business and life because of our friendship. It’s meant so much to me that we have reconnected and been able to support and show up for each other. I am SO proud of all you have done this year, personally and professionally – incredibly inspired by your authenticity, dedication, and willingness to take major risks. Cannot wait to see what this year brings and I can’t wait for our hangout next week ;)
      xoa

  • Melissa

    Happy New Year! And congrats on all of your accomplishments. You inspire me in so many ways & I am so happy to have found your site! Also…I’ve been divorced/single for 4 years, & so hesitant about online dating, but the more & more I am hearing of friends & acquaintances meeting wonderful people online..2014 might be the year I take that “risk” & get out of my protective shell. All the best to you in 2014!

    • ashley

      Happy New Year Melissa! Thank you so much and thanks for taking the time to check out the blog! Oh god, honestly online dating was the LAST thing I wanted to do but with the encouragement of my friends and life coach I thought why not. I looked at it as another way to be open to meeting someone, another way to put that energy out. I love the idea of you taking that risk for yourself this year! It was scary for me, maybe scarier than it is for many people but I don’t regret it for a second ;) Wishing you abundance, happiness, and health this year! xoa

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