Around this time of year, I find that I spend a bit of time evaluating. I look over the past year and try to find ways to improve myself. I find the things that I should do more of as well as consider the things that I should release. Not everything is in our best interest for growth. Somethings, we need to change. And somethings we need to get better at.
2016 seemed to be the year that I found contentment and learned how to begin saying “No”.
It was a much needed practice for me because I tend to over commit myself. I hate disappointing people so for me, always saying yes seemed to be the best way to keep that from happening. Only, I found out at the beginning of the year that I was putting my own health in jeopardy by doing so. I was burnt out. My bod was rebelling and let’s not even get into my stress levels.
This year I cut back my teaching schedule and really focused on bringing quality classes and workshops to my clients. I took on a few more private clients in effort to still offer a very personalized service to them and in the end, I feel that I am teaching even better than I was when I had more time on the teaching floor.
I am still struggling with well meaning people who think that I need to bring more classes or have more opportunities however, I have learned to graciously explain that I love my current schedule and am really seeking out quality opportunities. Offering better bits of myself in the process. We don’t always have to do A LOT to feel valued. For me, I just needed deep connections with the clients that I have.
Yes, I still take on new clients. Yes, I still entertain opportunities. But I also feel pretty comfy referring others to my colleagues, knowing in the end, that their health is more important to me than the few dollar signs that would be added to my paycheck.
This year, while slower paced, has been one of huge amounts of growth for me. I have found my groove learning to balance my classes. I have more energy to write, interact and chase new dreams. Today as I ponder this past year, I find it interesting that in order to grow, I had to slow down.
Have you had a year that you weren’t expecting? Has it been a good shift or adjustment? More importantly, how are you feeling now, as you look back?