Let's Get Real.

For a few weeks now I've been encouraged, by both people in my life and the webinars and podcasts I listen to, to GET REAL. To really tell my story. To be honest. To let the not so pretty, or the downright ugly, parts show. 

This is difficult. But, because I alway like to err on the side of vulnerability, I've decided to follow the Universe's signs and get real. So, here are some very real things about me. 

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1. 2013 was the toughest year ever. Emotionally and business-wise, I have never experienced so many challenges and obstacles. Between losing what I thought was going to be my dream job, living in a new place, starting a business with very little capital, not getting paid on a regular basis, creating new friendships and relationships, it has been a draining year. I'm very excited for 2014 to bring some forward momentum. 

2. I feel like a fraud. Every day. I fear that the "fraud police", as Neil Gaiman calls them, will show up at my door to ask me just who I think I am to be teaching/coaching/creating/running a business. And I will have no answer. 

3. I don't always feel as positive as I look. I was talking about all the different places I teach, and the ones I've added for the New Year, to a Pilates student the other day. She was surprised. She said from the peace and positivity I constantly radiate, she never would have guessed that I was always hustling, from one place to the next. To me, that was a huge compliment. But honestly, I don't always feel that peace.

Despite the fact that these 3 things are very true in my life, I choose not to dwell on them. I choose to "act as if" I am in control, at peace and moving forward. This is not just blind ignorance of my life. It's a choice to remain positive and keep going, even when things are difficult and draining. It's a belief in myself, my ideas, my passions that cannot be shaken by the problems I face. 

No matter what 2013 looked like for you, try to "act as if" 2014 is YOUR year in your life, just for a moment, today. Let peace and empowerment fill you. And that moment will become an hour, become a day, a week, a month, a year, a life.  Prepare internally. Then, we'll make it happen.