As we’ve recently passed the halfway mark of the year, we thought it might be great to take a moment to not only reflect but also share what’s in store for the remainder of 2019! After our reflection below, we’ve shared some reflection questions you can ask yourself that will hopefully help you spark a mid-year reflection!
July was a special month for us! It allowed us to take a step back and really analyze our year, how we’re measuring against our goals, and the direction we’d like to take for the remainder of 2019!
Below, we share with you our approach to reflection!
1ST: THE POSITIVES. LIST OUT ALL OF YOUR WINS!
Over the years, we’ve programmed our mindset to focus on the positives—celebrating just how far we’ve come and all of the things we’ve achieved! Before we start focusing our attention on the goals that haven’t been met yet (we’re natural overachievers), we take a moment of silence to be present and sit in pure abundance, thinking of all the wins. So far, in 2019, we’ve:
Planned and gearing up for 4 more retreats this year (Greece, Bali, and two in Thailand)
Launched a successful group coaching business: Project You
Featured for the second time by Essence Magazine, this time in PRINT
Traveled and experienced 4 continents and 7 countries each (including the most epic experience—Carnaval in Brazil!)
Achieved our 1st year anniversary in business and approaching our 2nd year of knowing one another
Continued focusing on personal and professional development, hiring coaches, getting additional certifications, and continuing to make healthy living a priority
Whew! That’s a lot! Many times, as humans, we are so hard on ourselves, focusing only on the future and how far we have to go. Thus, it was important for us to list out all the incredible things we’ve accomplished in just 7 months!
2ND: THE LEARNINGS. REFLECT ON YOUR NEW KNOWLEDGE!
Now, what good is reflecting if you don’t take a moment to address the shortfalls (with compassion and grace)? We no longer look at “failures” as anything but an opportunity to learn and grow! Here’s what made the “lessons learned” list for us for the 1st half of the year:
Less is more. This year, we bit off more than we can chew. Truth is, we are natural overachievers (a distinct Virgo trait), but after taking a look in the mirror earlier this year, we made a decision to scale back on the number of retreats we intended on doing, as well as the number of projects we wanted to take on. We had to take a moment to realize that we are human, too, and rest is work! Our cups need to be filled to really be of service to the women we host!
Client service! We took a moment to reflect on the fact that attending a retreat is a HUGE decision for you, especially when the majority of our company information is online. So, we made it our mission this year, in this digital age, to add a personal touch to everything we do. This includes welcome calls, informational calls, and just getting to know anyone who expresses interest in our retreats on a more personal level.
Self doubt will take over, if you let it. We are naturally risk adverse, so we find ourselves in a constant state of questioning whether or not our big dreams are “too big.” We’ve learned to constantly challenge this self-doubt, embrace fear, and push ourselves out of our comfort zone. We now actively try everything (at least once) and are sure to ask for help when we need it!
Looking at some of the areas that we didn’t excel at mid-year really helps us to pivot for the remainder of 2019 and be poised to end the year with a bang!
3RD: WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2019?
Another huge piece of our reflection process is to look at the goals we set at the beginning of the year and assess whether these goals still serve us. There were some goals that are still very much in line with where we want to go this year, whereas other goals needed to be released (as we’ve evolved and our priorities have changed). So, in this light, here is what we hope to achieve for the remainder of 2019:
We’d like to have 2020 planned out by the end of this year. Many of you need the time and space to plan an experience like this, and we’d like to support you with giving you ample time! So, be on the lookout and join our mailing list to be the first to know when 2020 retreats drop!
We’d like to focus more on professional development! Tameika is looking into getting her Yoga Teacher Training, and Whitney is looking into getting her Personal Training Certificate! While it may not happen this year, we’d like to sign up and have the courses completed by early 2020.
We’d like to really enhance our Project: You and online offerings. Having run a few exceptional group coaching programs, we realize the power they hold. So, the majority of this year will be focused on elevating this service!
We’d like to come up with a Whole Experience Cookbook! You all are so keen on the food our personal chef’s prepare for our experiences, and we’ve loved the feedback. Because of this, each chef has graciously offered to provide 2 to 3 recipes to help us complete this project! You can expect this in time for Christmas. It will include recipes from our experiences in Bali, Thailand, South Africa, Colombia, Italy, and Greece!
We’d like to release more video content! While we love writing and will continue to blog and post on social media platforms, we also want you all to get to know us a little more intimately! So, we’ve started a new series called “Drinks with the G Girls” where we’ll answer FAQs and discuss topics over drinks that are unique to the countries we’re in. Check out our first episode, where we dish while having espresso in Tuscany! The next episode will be set in Greece!
FINALLY, SOME REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
Now, as you reflect on your year, here are some questions you can ask yourself to kick-start your process. Whether you are a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, or simply want to achieve some goals by the end of the year, start with these questions and get reflecting!
– How do you feel you’ve showed up these last 7 months?
– What have you excelled at? List your top accomplishments thus far!
– What have you learned about yourself this year?
– What could you have done differently?
– What hasn’t been completed that you wish could have? *Pause and Reflect* Is this still in your heart to complete? If not, release it.
– What would you like to change for the 2nd half of the year?
We hope you find this helpful! By sharing our reflection and our honesty, we hope it encourages you to do the same. Cheers to an incredible 2nd half of 2019! We’ll be sure to check in with a similar post at the end of the year!