Whether 2017 was "your year", you're looking forward to starting fresh in 2018, or you're somewhere in between, it's important to reflect on what life has taught you up until this point. The wisdom you have gained so far will assist you to continue moving forward and rise to new levels. As we know that women are much more powerful together, we get further faster when we take time to learn from each other, and our territory is expanded when we collaborate with one another, we reached out to women in our network and asked them to share one of the greatest lessons they learned in 2017. Here is what they had to say...
"You have to be willing to let go of the old to experience the beauty of the new! The old heartache to receive true love. The old grudges to receive new friendships. The old way of doing business to receive access to new levels, new platforms and new clients. The old mindset to receive new blessings. There is always more for us, but we have to be willing to let go of our comfort zone in every area of life to be catapulted into everything we’ve been working hard for." Shamieka Dean
"I believe 'stepping out of your comfort zone' is the most valuable thing I have learned and other women should too. I was always that shy woman who wanted to do so much, but was afraid. I stepped out of that and now the things I prayed for are happening. We often get so comfortable staying in one place when we need to expand our horizons and do what God made us to do. We all have a purpose." Ke'Aunte Tynette
"The one thing I learned this year is that our abilities really are unlimited! If you want something, go out and get it! Time doesn't matter, and roadblocks can be moved. Your entire life can begin to change for the better in as little as one month! You have to be aggressive with what you want and pursue it relentlessly though." Chamar Logan
"This year I've learned to open my mind and receive good advice from women who genuinely want to help. Before I felt insecure and offended, now I'm a butterfly and I welcome a fresh eye from someone who may know better. I've also learned to give women the space to be themselves regardless as to how different we may be. Most importantly, I've learned to believe in myself and be there for myself as I've been to others around me." Terri Timmons
"I learned that self love is vital to my life successes. I didn't realize I lacked self love until I started to Be InTentional about my thoughts and actions. I've done things and acted in ways that showed my inner self that I am important, but not as important as I needed to pursue my dreams without validation from someone else. This year I showed myself that I am audacious and shameless enough to go and grab all that I think I deserve with no approval necessary. When God nudges me and says 'approved', I know I'm in alignment and that is all the validation I seek now." Channell Royal
"One thing that I learned this year is gratitude. I truly believe that at times we must experience a break down to experience a break through. When we are grateful in everything there is no room for lack. Things aren't always great in life, yet our attitude can be. It is in the tough times that we must rely on our faith. In life there are valleys and there are peaks. It is often through the valley that God is trying to teach us a lesson. Once we learn the intended lesson we will experience the peak. Without the valley, growth cannot occur. Instead of viewing the valley as a loss we should consider it a necessary step towards the path of success. In shifting our mindset to that of a winner, we can be grateful in all things." Dominique Williams
"2017 has taught me how to achieve joy through a relationship with God. The steps I followed to develop that relationship are: prayer, fasting, fellowship, meditation, and studying the Word of God. I've learned to decree and declare the Word of God over my life and every situation at all times. There were days when I decreed and declared the Word of God over a situation and the opposite of what I was decreeing happened. I would become frustrated! However, as time went by and with continuous reading of the Word of God, I learned to remain joyful no matter what comes my way." Wilma Blyden
"SELF CARE It's important to take time out of your schedule for yourself. Take a regular day off, have lunch with friends, go on a break, have a spa day or stay at home with your feet up doing nothing. If you are feeling tired take a break... DON'T GIVE UP. Learning to rest when needed was the best personal gift to myself this year. I have been more focused , I have more energy and to top it off, this has been my most progressive year to date. For the first time in years I am ending the year with more energy, having completed more goals and ready to get started on 2018." Jenni Steele
"This year was the year that I fully learned and accepted that everything that happens, good or bad, is meant to teach me something and push me to become the best version of myself. I learned to reduce stress and worry by embracing loss and change, forcing less and flowing more, doing my best and trusting that God is handling the rest, and intentionally making the most of every day I am blessed with, regardless of what others are doing around me, because tomorrow isn't promised." Andromeda Raheem
Cheers to a blessed, prosperous, and successful 2018 from the Women By Choice family! Keep working and winning and remember, "When Women Support Women, We ALL Win"! For more information about our community and how you can join, click here.