The holiday season signals a time to begin reflection of the past year and set intentions for the new year.

At the end of a networking meeting I went to last week, each of the attendees stated their intention for the next meeting, which also happened to be for next year. As others expressed their business and personal intentions, it allowed me time to formulate my intention for the coming year.

Recently I re-read The Alchemist, a parable of a young shepherd boy looking for his true treasure, by Paulo Coelho.  The book is filled with life lessons for the reader to find his/her true path or dream. When I read this book many years ago the lesson I gleaned from the book – as I get closer and closer to my true path I will encounter harder challenges in order “to master the lessons we’ve learned as we moved toward that dream.” With acceptance of this truth, I have been able to conquer those difficult challenges over the years to move forward on my true path personally, professionally, and physically.

Personally, my husband and I have raised two happy, healthy children who are on their true paths, know exactly who they are and where they are going. My husband, after stagnating in a job for the past ten years, has a new job where he is well appreciated and compensated.

Professionally, at the end of 2013 I set a vision for business growth, that is well on its way. After embracing my inner, well hidden business woman, I confronted my fears and shattered them. Knowing I couldn’t do this alone I sought out mentor ship from numerous successful health professionals, who like me were business owners and hired other business professionals needed to move my business forward.

Physically, I am a runner. I went from thinking 2 miles was an impossibility, later to encounter 5 miles, a 10k, and then finally a half marathon. I am now injury free and in training for my 7th half marathon in Tampa, FL in February. No longer, do I think any distance is impossible, rather the challenge is now to stay healthy/injury free in order to run any distance I choose.

When reading The Alchemist this time around, I connected with a different lesson. “Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World”. Listening with your heart eliminates judgement, bias, negative emotions, and allows one to be fully present and non-reactive. My intention for 2015 is to listen with an open heart.

Thank you to all the people who have helped me on this journey to find my inner business woman, to my patients, family, and friends.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season and may the New Year be filled with good health, joy and an open heart.


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