It’s the final day of 2015 and normally I would share with you the things I achieved during the year. I’m very bad at celebrating my wins and sometimes it’s just nice to sit and reflect on my achievements rather than dwell on what I didn’t accomplish.
But this time it’s different. Most of you know what and where I was throughout the year and I am truly grateful for your love and support whilst I figure out this thing called life. So instead, I wanted to share with you what has happened ‘in’ me and not ‘to’ me.
I started off the year promoting the film Selma. Whilst it was a real challenge to organise 4 screenings in 4 different cities within 4 days I am amazed that I managed to pull it off. There were times I cried because things weren’t going to plan but through God’s grace, sheer hard work and never giving up I managed to pull them off. Sometimes in life you just have to keep going no matter what and I learnt how to persevere even when I didn’t want to.
People would say to me ‘your lucky – your always travelling’ and yes, when I look back through my diary this year I have been to Orlando (twice), Miami (twice), Germany, Cape Verde, Paris, Nice, Dallas, New York (twice) and Mauritius. Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. But it was nothing to do with luck.
Every place I went (apart from Mauritius) was for business or an event. Yes I managed to squeeze in some time to shop (a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do ;-)) but nearly all the trips were for personal development and going to learn something. I feel like I have really grown this year and my advice to you for 2016 is invest in yourself. You will be surprised at what will happen when you learn from the best.
Most of you already know that I have been challenged with anxiety and fear for over 15 years and what I learnt this year was that it will never go away if you don’t take action. Everything you see me do I do with fear. Heart racing, knees shaking, mind confused but I still do it. Yes it’s getting easier as time goes by but don’t wait for it to disappear because it won’t. The only way to feel less fearful and more confident is to take action. Do something! Anything. Just take one small step after the other and it will get easier.
One of my biggest takeaways for 2015 is the power of relationships. Having key friends in my life is what I will be striving for in 2016. It’s probably my most challenging area as I tend to put up barriers but I realise that to be successful you have to be open and trust people and support each other.
A couple of years ago I had someone try and steal my identity (it’s a long story!) but she was trying to get to the famous people that I know so I’m very cautious now. However, being guarded and closed doesn’t serve anybody so I encourage you to let the walls down in 2016. I met some amazing people this year and look forward to meeting more of you.
Life is a journey and I would like to thank you for supporting me on my journey. I appreciate the love and love you right back. My goal in 2016 is to support you on yours in any way I can. I will be sharing more of the ins and outs of my life with the hope that it inspires you in yours.
It’s interesting to me that God has given me the words Bold, Brave and Beautiful as my theme for 2016. I keep seeing it everywhere! So that’s what I intend to be and I hope you do to.
Let’s encourage and support each other in 2016 and live a life that’s Bold, Brave and Beautiful!
Happy New Year!