Every year in December, I spend some focused time recapitulating the year for the purpose of feeling gratitude for the people, events and experiences that helped me become a better version of myself.
To help me remember all the milestones and special moments from the year, I keep a digital “Book of Wins” in my iPhone; a list of my achievements, proud moments, special events and things that I want to remember as I do my annual review and, of course, set my goals for the next year.
I’ll split up the time over a few weekends where I can just sit and reflect on how those people, events & experiences shaped me into who I am today. Sometimes I do it on my couch under a blanket with a fire going, other times while out walking on the beach at sunset.
I keep it simple and just think of those who supported me, encouraged me, inspired me or were just there when I needed a shoulder to lean on.
I think about special events or milestones that left an especially warm, comforting or inspiring imprint on me.
I recall experiences – both positive and negative – that perpetuated learning, growth and an opportunity to get really honest about the choices I made and what I can learn from them.
A massive breakthrough, a hard-earned goal, the excitement of world travel, or the joy that comes from a shared connection. The loss of friendship, the uncertainty of the future, the deep healing that can only be born through stillness, silence and solitude.
There is gold to be gleaned from all of it; the heartbreak and the love, the loss and the gains, the failures and the feedback.
Where I feel especially grateful, I will take the time to send a text, a hand-written card or a gift to those who had a positive impact on me. I do this because all too often, we fail to really acknowledge ourselves and others for the contributions we make to the betterment of one another.
It’s my small way of acknowledging “This happened and you were there playing the role you played, and I’m a better person for it. Thank you!”
Over the next few weeks we venture into the final moments of 2022.
This period covers the ending of one year and the beginning of the next. It’s a powerful time to first reflect on the road you just traveled then decide where you want to focus your energy next.
As we prepare for this season, feel into what you really want for your life. What will make you feel good each day? What will help you evolve into the next best version of yourself?
You have the power to manifest any life you desire. All you need to do is decide what you want, take action that supports your intentions, and then say no to anything that isn’t aligned with who you are becoming.
An International Bestselling Author, Lifestyle and Leadership Coach and speaker, Tris Thorp is one of today’s leading experts in the field of personal growth and leadership development. Having spent a decade traveling the world, being trained by and sharing the stage with Dr. Deepak Chopra in the field of social emotional learning, consciousness and mindfulness-based practices, Tris has a real gift for integrating the ancient spiritual teachings with modern-day science and mindfulness to help people all over the world let go of their past and create an empowered new future.
During her tenure at the Chopra Center, Tris apprenticed under the Chopra Center’s co-founder Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart and Emotional Freedom workshops alongside him. Prior to his passing in 2012, Dr. Simon appointed Tris as the person to carry on his teachings in the field of emotional healing. In addition, Tris was fortunate to be mentored by the late Debbie Ford prior to her passing in 2013, which is where she continued her extensive studies of the unconscious mind and concepts of the persona and shadow. After the loss of her two mentors, Tris went on to become certified through the Ford Institute as a coach specializing in Shadow Work and reconciling mental and emotional issues stemming from past experiences. She continues to share the gifts of emotional healing and facilitating this work in the footsteps of her former mentors.
Tris is the International bestselling author of Healing Your Heart: Rewrite Your Story with Awareness and Intention. A guide book to understanding your emotions, how we create our story and workable tools and techniques to heal from the past, Healing Your Heart stewards you through the process of releasing mental and emotional baggage, forgiving yourself and others, setting and enforcing boundaries and consciously communicating your needs in a loving and effective way so you can be who you’re meant to be, do the things you want to do and have all that you deserve to have in this life.
Tris is also the co-author of bestseller Mental and Emotional Release® with Dr. Matt James. Written in a language both professionals and non-professionals can understand, Mental and Emotional Release® offers real life case studies, an overview of MER and its foundation, step by step scripts to follow, and clinical efficacy studies comparing MER to other therapies.
Clearly in her dharma, Tris’s passion and dedication to gently guide people on their inward journey through personal growth is evident in her work as a Lifestyle and Leadership coach, Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release and workshop facilitator. She teaches various courses on leadership development, personal empowerment, social emotional learning and higher states of consciousness – both in online courses and her certification programs, live workshops, VIP retreats and 1-1 clients.
Tris Thorp is Board Certified by the Association of Integrative Psychology as a Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release ®, Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Mental and Emotional Release ®, a Certified Reiki Master, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Tris is devoted to inspiring and empowering others to cultivate and maintain mindfulness-based lifestyle practices that lead to greater clarity, purpose and fulfillment. Through one-on-one coaching, online programs and live events, Tris specializes in helping people to fully release negative emotions, limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns, enabling them to make quantum leaps into the life they are truly meant to be living.