Looking Back at 2015

the learning that's changing my life

As we anxiously await a fresh start in the new year, I think it's important to reflect and appreciate what 2015 has brought us.  The good, the bad and the truth.  I've been extremely fortunate this year not only for the health and happiness of myself, but also of my family and friends.  It's true. When you break it down, those two things are everything.  This year has been one of growing, learning and transforming for me.  Here's the most important lesson I learned about myself and this thing called life.

I found my true calling.  

Spending the past 10+ years as a journalist in the beauty industry has been a dream come true.  I had tunnel vision since college about landing a job at a women's magazine in NYC (hello, Kate Hudson in How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days) and my career thus far has taken me to places beyond my wildest dreams.  I'll be forever grateful, however, it wasn't until this year, that I realized there had to be more.  I've been recycling the same stories (New Year, New You!), pitch ideas and segments and have been feeling burnt out.

Through a personal wellness journey, I found myself completely shocked and for the first time fully aware of the power of the human body.  Healing myself from migraines and anxiety was a power I didn't know I had.  I was in control the whole time.  I just needed a nudge in the right direction.

This year was one of trial and error in that sense.  I experimented with my wellbeing for the sake of attempting to cure myself of things I would have normally taken a pill to fix.  Thanks to my mentors, learnings at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and of course support system of my husband, family and friends, I feel the best I've ever felt in my life and am in my truest form.

 Devotion Yoga

Devotion Yoga

While I love writing and reporting about beauty trends, interviewing derms and mingling at industry events (and continue to do so), I found a new passion in wellness.  I want to help people.  Really help people who are open to transformation.  

As a Health Coach, I can start doing that. And beginning in January, I'm diving into an intensive 200 hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks in NYC.  Daily from 9-6, I'll be in the studio and graduate at the end of the month.  I can't wait.  Starting in February, I'll be working as a Health Coach at Devotion Yoga in Hoboken, NJ.  

This year, I learned that evolving and change, while it can be scary, is healthy and allows for new doors to open.  As my personal life evolves, I'm excited to see how my blogging and freelance career reflects it.    Thank you for coming along for the ride and cheers to 2016!