2015 Reflections / by Richelle Ouellette

she designed a life she loved

About this time last year I lettered these words on my planner. I felt a little schoolgirlish and silly so I would often flip my notebook over in meetings or public to hide my cheesy quote. And yet, almost as if a self-fulfilling prophecy this phrase shaped my year. I took greater risks, opened my heart wider, powered through difficult circumstances, and ultimately gained the confidence to quit my job to pursue a lifelong dream of self-employment and travel. I am still working on the finer details, but this year has been monumental in pushing me towards the direction of my dreams. Here are 15 lessons I learned (or relearned) in 2015 that helped me design a life I love:

• Resist nothing
• The universe is conspiring to help + support you (pronoia)
• Everything in life is fluid
• When you seek greatness, you find greatness
• You are stronger than you think
• Action will set you free
• Speak your truth, even when it hurts; silence is a sharper pain
• Listen to learn something from everyone
• You must do the thing you think you can not do
• You have to risk the fall in order to fly
• Love conquers fear
• Specific people are put in your path at exactly the moment you need them
• The less you try to control, the more power you have
• Until you learn to accept and love your own imperfections you will never fully love others'
• People, circumstances, and trials in our life serve us for the time that they do, and then they don't; when they're gone, let them go

Thank you to each of you who continue to support me in my journey. I'm looking forward to a new year filled with laughter, discovery, love, and growth.