How was this past year for you? Are you glad to give it a swift kick out the door? Or was 2017 a time of meaning and beauty in your life? If you’re like the rest of us, it’s probably a bit of both.
No matter what your feelings are about how the past 12 months treated you, your loved ones, and the world as a whole, we have reached that freeing clean slate that is the last week of December. It is an opportunity to look back, to reflect, and take stock of where we are today.
As we’re thinking back over last year here at Circle + Bloom, we are so thankful for you — the community of strong, kind, supportive women that keeps growing and showing up for each other. Every day, you remind us how much we need each other, and exactly why we are here.
In that spirit, we wanted to share the stories and topics that seemed to resonate most with all of you this year, in case you hadn’t gotten to see some of them. We hope you will find a nugget of inspiration, insight, or support in here somewhere to carry with you into 2018.
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When infertility stepped into her life in the form of a large cyst on her left ovary, Bailey Gaddis felt shame. But then the author, birth doula, and hypnotherapist drew from her training to create a practice that turned her shame into love and courage. This is her step-by-step practice.
“No one understood the unique flavor of pain and shame I felt. Well, not NO one…I learned that a select group of people did understand: other fertility warriors who had once been where I was, but were now safely on the other side.” Read more from Elyse Ash’s personal story.
If this year didn’t go exactly the way you had hoped, or imagined, or expected… I feel you. Oh honey, I know. But if you can, tuck your disappointments and hurts into the wrinkled, coffee-stained pages of your 2017 calendar as you take it down. Acknowledge those feelings – they served you and did their job. And then dump it all into the recycling, or place it carefully into a keepsake box.
Here we all are, still hanging in there. A little bit older, and maybe a little wiser. And with a brand-new calendar staring us in the face, waiting to be filled.
With love & gratitude,
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