5 Lessons I'll be taking with me in 2018


2017 was a huge year for more reasons than one - I not only ticked off a bunch of awesome goals and travelled to some incredible places; but I also had a number of plans and projects that didn’t go quite according to plan...

Through this, I learned some big lessons along the way that I’ll be bringing with me into 2018.

Some of the awesome goals I checked off were completing my yoga teacher training; becoming a Beautiful You life coach; traveling to Europe and the south of France (huge bucket list goal checked off!); working with amazing (and super inspiring) clients; and finally, launching a brand I’m truly excited about; while in the process, streamlining and cohesively bringing together the various projects I had going on.

To be completely honest, being a business owner is probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done - it’s not only been a massive learning curve in terms of understanding my strengths and weaknesses (and how these play out in business), but it’s also been a huge journey of personal development, because success as a biz owner pretty much relies on taking wild leaps outside of your comfort zone - on a daily basis!

So today, I thought I’d share 5 of the biggest lessons I’ve learned that I’ll be bringing with me in 2018...

Bloom where you are planted.

The conditions will rarely be perfect to make any kind of leap, take a risk or make a major decision. Sometimes we’re faced with situations we would not have chosen and the best thing we can do is accept it and learn to ride the waves. 

So many things happened in 2017 that I didn’t plan for, or see coming. 

Being a planner (ok, let’s be honest: control freak) this was hugely uncomfortable for me, as I was forced to surrender.

There were so many times I wanted to throw in the towel and jump back on a plane back home to my safety net in Australia, but I’m glad I didn’t. Being in a new country and city has made me so much more grateful and appreciative of my life back in Australia and I would never have had the opportunity to learn and grow as much as I have, if I took the easy route.

Instead of trying to make the conditions perfect, this year I’m intentionally choosing to surrender to what is; be grateful for what I have; and learn to bloom exactly where I’m standing.


Do less, but better.

Last year I did a lot - that's an understatement. I’m calling it the year of experimentation.

Reading Essentialism over the Christmas break was a huge eye opener. On reflection, while I did a lot last year, I was also very unfocused, and as a result I don’t feel I mastered anything in particular. 

Looking back, I can see my energy ended up being misdirected and I know that if I instead chose to focus on a smaller number of things, I could have achieved so much more.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve literally been doing a “Life Edit” and stripping back all the non-essentials.

This process began with looking at my strengths and also what brings me joy; and then the editing process began. 

This is still a work in progress (and I presume, I will be editing ruthlessly and frequently over the course of the year); but I’ve already started to see some shifts and I’m beginning to attract more of the projects and opportunities I’m truly excited about and feel completely aligned with.

Failure is just an opportunity to grow.

While I experimented a lot last year, this also meant that quite a few projects and dreams I had didn't go according to plan.

I ended up taking a step back to reassess how things could have turned out differently and spent time getting realigned with my ‘why’ and purpose.

While all of this was going on, I serendipitously discovered Cassie Mendoza Jones’ latest book, It’s All Good, and came to realize that our *failures* are nothing more than lessons. 

{side note: be sure to catch this awesome podcast interview with Cassie!}

Each lesson we learn on our journey is just another opportunity to grow and understand more about ourselves.

So while we can have all of these good intentions; set amazing goals for ourselves and take action towards our dreams, we also need to be able to surrender to what is and trust that if our plans don't work out exactly as we imagined it, there is something even better for us that lies ahead. 

Magic happens when we leave ourselves open to the infinite number possibilities we don’t even know exist yet!

Which leads me to...

Resilience is our best asset.

After all of these ‘big lessons', it’s honestly hard to get back up and again and keep going. I struggled with this big time and my self-confidence took a beating. 

That’s why we need to intentionally focus on building our inner strength and  resilience so we can bounce back and keep going no matter what.

I know that every experience I’ve had over the past 12 months has only made me a stronger person and I feel like this year, I can take on anything!

Always go with your gut.

After so many of my *experiments* in 2017, I went through a period of not trusting myself and instead choosing to listen to other people’s advice and ignore my own.

In hindsight, this was not a good idea at all; and I’ve had to intentionally focus on tuning in to my inner guidance, instead of looking externally for the answers.

While we can always take the advice from other people, we need to trust that only we know what is best for ourselves.

Two simple ways I’ve been getting better at this is practicing mindfulness and being truly present in each moment (instead of future tripping and getting way to caught up in playing out scenarios in my head) as well as creating white space in each day, taking the time to tune into how I’m feeling.

Given we’re almost a month in, I’m already feeling the shift in energy and know 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year!

I’d love to know - what lessons will you be taking with you in 2018?

Best SelfRachel Gadiel