WHAT 2017 HAS TAUGHT ME

2017 reflections

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In October 2016 I had a one-to-one session with an astrologist, who told me that 2017 would be the toughest year of my life so far, but that 2019 would see the start of my seven years of totality. I would like to say that I understood everything he told me and did lots of research after the session to work out exactly what he meant. I didn’t. But the statement about 2017 being a hard year stayed with me.

I’m a very open minded person, but I’m also strong-willed and I know that I have the power to make good choices and positive changes. Despite a few tough times (which I’m sure most people in the world will have), 2017 has actually been one of the best years of my life so far!

Before I go into¬†my 2017 reflections, I want to share some photos of my favourite memories from the year…

2017 1– Started teaching group classes in London – Visiting Finland and Lapland – Bali and its smoothie bowls stole my heart –

2017 2

– My first ever retreat! – Running a retreat with my babe, Carly Rowena – Hiking in Switzerland with Rob – Shooting and being an ambassador for Reebok –

2017 3

– Lululemon immersion trip – LA trip and photoshoot with The Body Shop – I turned 30! – Holiday in Menorca with Rob –

2017 4

– Teaching for Vaara in the Maldives – Teaching my Portugal retreat – Bouldering¬† – Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef –

2017 5

– Hiking in Australia – Teaching yoga workshops – Vegan Christmas roast dinner – Wales with my family (happening right now! –

WHAT 2017 HAS TAUGHT ME:

I love my jobs! I honestly wake up most days and can’t believe I get to teach yoga, blog, create videos, travel and design jewellery. Even when it gets on top of me and I’m shattered, I’m so grateful to be where I am.

Social media is a wonderful place if you use it wisely. You’ll meet wonderful people and people who might not understand your vibe through it. I just accept that everyone has their own thing going on.

You can’t please everyone and that’s OK.

An advanced physical yoga practice doesn’t make you a ‘pro yogi’. It’s the work that happens off the mat that counts the most.

I love bouldering! If you haven’t tried it, give it a go. It’s hard work, but SO much fun!

Breath work is my saviour. Breathing techniques get me through the small stresses and anxious moments in life that come to me every single day.

Having therapy for my mental health is something to be proud of. I will happily speak loud and proud about it, because it’s so valuable and has helped me understand so much.

Running yoga retreats fills my heart and soul. I’m so excited for my 2018 retreats!

Relationships can be hard. You have to work at them as a unit, connecting through open conversation. When you love someone, the tough times are so worth a little bit of work.

I need a puppy in my life. Although let’s be honest, I’ve known that for years!

A plant-based diet is extremely delicious! It just needs some research, education and dedication.

In 2018 I want to work with children more. After working with the HITZ project kids earlier this month, I’m so excited to go back and see them again.

 

Thank you so much for all of your support this year. Even if you’re one of the quiet ones who never comments, but is always there liking and reading my posts, I’m so grateful for every single one of you.¬†And to those of you who I chat to, keep chatting to me. I have love for every single one of you all! THANK YOU.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Comment below and tell me your 2017 reflections and what 2017 has taught you. 

Love, Cat x

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  1. January 2, 2018 / 7:41 am

    I’m one of the quiet ones you mention above but I admire your posts and eventually I will allow them to help me when I find motivation but thank you.
    I too have mental health and in group therapy not that it’s helping much and also found out that I’m going through menopause .. Mental health I no longer am ashamed of but very few ppl around help me (not that they know how to I guess) I’ve advised them to look up my condition but don’t so I’ve lost most of my friends now and I’m in a very very lonely place .. I hate it!!
    I admire your posts and hopefully one day I’ll find myself again, my self esteem and self worth and learn how to get rid of negativity which I’ve had since young.. it’s all I know!! 2016/17 have been awful and having lost the above holds you back .. I can’t even have a relationship … been single for 15 yrs now ..but at least I can live without a man and be independent to an extent (my ex is my best friend) what I’m trying to say is I hope I can write back one day with positivity and say I’ve done something by you … I will try but it’s not consistent with my mental health and no support …
    I do admire your work … you are a very inspiring person to many

    Happy New year and good health and happiness for 2018 xx

    Kind regards

    Maria xx

    • cmeffan
      February 4, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Dear Maria, you will indeed find yourself and it will be much sooner than you think. The fact that you even wrote that comment, so honest and raw, tells me that you’re ready to embrace who you are. I very much hope that you write another comment one day when you’re feeling a bit more positive. Relationships are hard, but the fact that your ex is your best friend just goes to show that you’re a wonderful human, deserving of happiness. The key is to be happy within ourselves before seeking out others. Support can help so much, therapy has been amazing for me and like you mentioned, group therapy is helping you too. I’m sending you so much love and strength. You will get through this. xxx

  2. Lisa Batten
    December 31, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Just a thank you for the great YouTube videos. Thank you

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