I was going to write a round-up of 2014 detailing everything that had occurred personally and for the blog in 2014, but the events in Sydney before Christmas changed how I wanted to do this. This is not your normal 2014 round-up, but I wanted to publish it anyway.
For most people that I know, 2014 has been a hell of a year, in both good ways and not-so-good ways. Marriages, engagements, deaths, landmark Birthdays, injuries, divorces, separations, people shutting down shop, people moving countries, people quitting their jobs in pursuit of their dreams- it’s all been going on. I’m left wondering what’s left for the rest of December.
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Whether we’re celebrating, commiserating or a mixture of both, I feel that we can learn a lot from this year. Personally, listening to fear and deciding that it’s not out to get me has been the most important lesson of 2014. You might have seen lots of articles this year about choosing love over fear, and while I appreciate the sentiment, I think sometimes we have to listen to and appreciate fear to get to love.
Nowhere has then been more prevalent than in my own recovery story. If I hadn’t listened to and worked through the fear, I know I wouldn’t have made a full recovery. I wouldn’t have been able to welcome in and know that I was worthy of love. There’s no way therefore that I’d have been able to set up this blog or be talking to you now.
However you feel 2014 has been for you or however huge and glorious your dreams are for 2015, I invite you to appreciate and accept where you are right now- everything that you are feeling, striving for and fearful of. Fear is part of our human experience too. I’d love us all to step into 2015 with a sense of calm, receptivity, grounding and belonging- what could be better than starting a New Year with these feelings? No racing ahead, nothing to prove, nothing to shout about.
Meet yourself wherever you are.
Thank you so much for all your love and support this year my darling. I learn so much from you all with each passing day and I cannot wait to share the projects I’ve got lined up for 2015 with you soon. Wishing you all the love and presence in the world for the rest of December and beyond.
Lots of love and light,
This is something I am trying so hard to get…facing my fear and accepting it. I am going to order your books and I am sure I am going to learn something from them, because you are such a wonderful and inspiring “teacher”. Fear has brought me debilitating anxiety and panic and I really need to face it and learn to “control” it (though I know it’s not about control so much as acceptance). Thank you Katie for all that you do for people who need help. You always inspire me and give me hope. I hope the rest of December is wonderful for you and the New Year brings you everything you want. xoxo
My darling Sheila, thank you so much for your kind words and for supporting the blog this year- you’re such an angel. I’m still learning so much about fear myself- it’s an incredible process.
Sending you lots of love and peace over Christmas.
Love, Katie xx
Yep, fear is the main lesson in this year for me too. Embracing it and going through it, and discovering myself as a different person I was. Another great lesson (still in progress too ) is that of living here and now, in the present
Thank you for all, Katie and the rest of the community, have a good Christmas, and a 2015 full of health and happiness. And have a nice travel to Bali, must be beautiful, musn’t it?
Thank you so much beautiful- yes, I’m really started to get excited about Bali now!
Look after yourself my darling and thank you so much for your support this year.
Love, Katie xx
Thanks for all you have shared this year Katie, it’s been such a great support. Wishing you a very happy christmas and positive and happy 2015. xxx
Sending you lots of love Erica- thank you for continuing to support the blog.
Love, Katie xx
I discovered your site only relatively recently and had a sense of relief and hope ever since. Your way of relating to your readers and community is very supportive, informative and with such an insite that it always feels like I’m reading post written by my best friend. For that alone I thank you . This year has been continuation of previous year issues only multiplied by hundred. Fear was the main challenge along site with chronic pain. At the end of it, I also, decided to let it all roll and to try my best every day, hoping it will be enough to get me through the day.
Acceptance is the lesson I needed to learn and hopefully did, as it feels just a bit easier now. Wishing you loads of relaxing moments and time for the things that make you happy and well, with much gratefulness and love, Tatjana
Tatjana, I have tears in my eyes reading your words. Thank you so, so much for your love and support this year my darling- you’re an angel.
Wishing you a Happy Christmas and enjoy the holiday!
Lots of love,
I completely agree Katie. Acceptance – acceptance of what I’m experiencing, including fear, who I am and where I am in my journey has been one of my greatest takeaways from 2014. Great post.
N x x
Thanks Nicola- acceptance plays a huge part of our lives on so many different levels. Just learning that myself as well- not being so pushy is sometimes difficult! xx