So as I did in 2015, I chose my own 2017 Best Nine and I'd love to hear from you in the comments, what would yours be?
Travel opened both my mind and my heart in 2017 with 6 trips out of Perth visiting 12 different cities in 7 different countries including my first cruise. From as far as Miami and the Caribbean, within Australia such as Byron and Sydney, and then not too far away places like Malaysia and Bali. I was blessed to see so many new sights and revisit some places, as well as make many new friends and strengthen friendships around the world.
2) Handstand February
USA was my first and biggest trip taken in 2017. Travelling for 3 weeks with a group of between 5 to 30 people to our online franchise business convention taught me how to tactfully find quiet time for myself, respecting the quiet solitude treasuring introvert within. As well as to let go and have fun handstanding in interesting places along the way, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Little Havana & cruising the Caribbean.
3) BYCA Inspiration Day
This was a spontaneous trip to Brisbane for the Beautiful You Coaching Academy Inspiration day. I wrote a blog here you can read all about how everything fell into place for this trip as soon as I followed my heart and made the decision to go.
4) Becoming a Beautiful You Coach
Becoming a coach showed me the power of having a strong "why" and how you can achieve anything you set your mind to if you want it enough. Like finding the time and the money to dive into the 6 month Beautiful You Life Coaching Course, fulfilling a long held dream of mine. Super proud for completing this course, and even more so, grateful for the amazing women who are now in my life as a result of it, from coaching buddies to inspiring coaching clients.
Some times you have to say "YES" to the scary stuff as this is what will stretch and grow you. This happened when I helped organise the yoga area in Perth's largest kids festival event of the year, The Funarium, and the biggest yoga event I have ever done. You can read on the blog all I learnt from the 27 classes over 3 days with over 400 students of all ages.
6) Visiting Malaysia
When home is where the heart is, which may be in various places around the world, it leaves you wishing often that you could be in more than one place at a time. So, getting to visit Malaysia twice this year for the unexpected launch of our online business in Malaysia and for my cousin's wedding was amazing. Time with loved ones always leaves you with a full heart and yet a little heartbroken too when you have to say good bye at the end.
7) Bucket List Ticks
Never wait to start ticking things off your bucket list. It feels so amazing when you do. I managed to tick off two in 2017. The first was to complete a fun run with a couple of my students, though we walked the 12km so next time I aim to be able to actually run the entirety. The second was my dream to live in Bali for a month completing a yoga teacher training.
8) Yin Yoga Teacher Training
You'll often hear me say, if you have a dream or something lights you up, do it!....it's almost always a step towards your life purpose in some way. And you never know how it will fall into place. It wasn't until I fell in love with Bali in 2015 that I dreamt of living there for a month. In 2016 I fell in love with yin yoga and in my pursuit of learning more I did a training with Jo Phee, which in turn lead me to enrolling for her 2017 3 week 200hr Yin Training in Bali. And when you find a world class teacher you resonate with you jump at the opportunity to learn again from them, which I did in Perth a month later and who knows where this path will lead me in 2018.
9) Amazing Friendships
Even above and beyond the blessing of being able to travel and study as much as I did in 2017, the biggest blessing was definitely all the amazing people that crossed my path from all corners of the earth that I got to spend time with. From family, dear friends and new friends, course mates, to coaching clients, these are the connections I treasure and were definitely the Best of the Nine chosen for 2017.
If you get a chance I highly recommend giving it a go. Find some stillness and list your Best Nine for 2017.
I would really love to hear what your list includes? Of if you could narrow it down to one, what would it be?