Finding clarity in the lessons learned – my 2016 review

When reflecting on 2016, it became clear that this part of my journey was about learning to let go, bring attention to redundant beliefs and behaviours, then reigniting the power within. If I could distill 2016 down to one word it would be AWARENESS. 

Sometimes we need this time to reflect and become full aware of how we are operating (days, months or even a year!) before we can move powerfully in a new direction.

There are definitely times for leaping into the unknown, and times for using our awareness to go a little deeper into our WHY before we leap.

It can start to get pretty emotional to be ask those ‘why, why, why’ questions all the time, but as we uncover the real reason we’re showing up to things like the gym, our job or relationship that depth in our answer is actually what creates a more authentic, heart driven life

And then something interesting occurred to me.

In the lead up to the New Year, I was scrolling through Instagram for some inspiration when I began to notice a bit of negativity going around about 2016. There were posts and comments from women that indicated they simply wanted to forget 2016 ever happened. I certainly had my fair share of W.T.F (where the ‘f’ did that come from) moments, but rather than dwelling on what didn’t work or what you’d rather leave in the past, why not focus on the lessons? After all, the things we experience in life, whether they are perceived as good or bad always happen for a reason.

Today I’m sharing with you the three lessons that stood out to me from 2016. My all-time favourite? how I learned to value myself more (which I shared here too). It was 2016 that showed me that our degree of self-worth is proportionate to two things:


The process of coming into alignment was a coaching focus for many of the women I worked with this year. Whether it be through one powerful discovery call or 3 months of coaching together, as a result I saw multiple women stand in their power and leave jobs or entire careers they were no longer aligned with.

Crazy huh? I say freakin’ fantastic!

And before I get too excited on this one, here’s my other two key lessons from 2016…

Lesson 2) When feel as though I’m operating in survival mode how can I move towards thrive mode?

When I felt like I was ‘surviving’ life, I was typically stuck and listening waaay too much (typically at 3am) to that voice in my head.

I’m sure this is not the first time you’ve heard me talk about this, but learning to thrive is learning to live from your heart.

So 2016 was about honing those special practices and rituals that supported me to thrive. Meditation, journalling, time in nature, hot baths, moving my body in new ways, sensual clothing, surrounding myself with the right people, whatever it took I did it.

Lesson 3) What can I do to move outside my current zone of comfort?

Allow for experimentation rather than perfection, and even if we do have a perceived failure, we’ve still taken action. 

This was super powerful for me.

If you are ready to transition out of one thing and into another, especially if it contrasts with a path you’ve taken for a substantial period (i.e. moving from one career into something completely new), ensure you allow yourself the time to do this. Perhaps this starts NOW, while you are still in your current role. 

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Ruby Marsh

Ruby Marsh

Ruby Marsh is a mentor and the creator of The Unstoppable Woman transformation program. She believes that when a woman is confident in her own skin, she is free to create herself on her own terms. Through her 1:1 work with women and workshops she is supports women to clear their minds and open their hearts.

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