The Wrap Up: 10 BIG Lessons of 2016

Oh 2016! As I sit and reflect, I think of all the beauty, magic, ups and downs, triumphs and failures, love and loss we have had throughout the year. 2016 wasn’t all bad – it was a year of completion and realization. A 9 year in the cycle. The year of the Hermit. A time to wrap up, clear out old karma, reflect on the last 9 years, and get ready for the 9 year cycle to start all over again. How have you grown not only in 2016, but since 2008? What were your major lessons?  *Use the italicized questions in this article as journal prompts to help you wrap up your 2016 with a pretty bow!*

Here are the 10 Big Lessons of 2016


Clean it Up!

Clearing clutter to allow energy to flow freely was huge this year. And this doesn’t just mean physical clutter as in becoming more organized in your living space or cleaning out your closet. 2016 was a year of cleaning up our lives. A year of releasing and letting go. A year of taking out the trash! What were you required to let go of this year? How did you ‘clean it up’ in 2016?


Knowing When Something is Not for You

We all have times when we think we want something, only to get it, and then realize that this isn’t what we bargained for. 2016 was a year of intuitively knowing when something just wasn’t for you whether that be a job you interviewed for, a new relationship, a friend, or a tarot deck you were just dying to have. By being more in touch with ourselves and our desires this year, it became easier for us to recognize when something just did not resonate. How did you know when something was just not for you this year?


Knowing When it’s Time to Go… 

In 2016, you may have found yourself in a situation where something just is not working for you anymore. That job you loved, you may have outgrown it, the environment gave you anxiety, or you felt there was no more room for you to expand in your role. You may have left a toxic relationship when it became blindingly clear that this was not for your best and highest good. Perhaps you followed your heart and moved to your dream home. 2016 was about knowing when we’ve had enough so that we could begin to spark change and make room for new and better to come into our lives in 2017!


Feeling Like Time is Speeding Up

Have you found yourself thinking how fast the year has gone?! That time has been flying by? As more people awaken to deeper consciousness on the planet, time is beginning to move faster. A quickening. We are being asked to evolve at a faster rate as we enter a new cycle in our lives. As our vibrations raise, the pace of time may increase. This is especially true for lightworkers as the time to use your gifts for the benefit of others and the world as a whole draws ever closer.


How to be Present in the Here and Now

2016 taught us to be mindful and focus on being more present in our lives. If you increased your meditation practice this year, I’m pretty sure the topic of mindfulness came up for you as well! You may have thought you were making forward progress in situations or stressing over the future outcome, only to have something happen to bring your focus back to the here and now. Remember – the Universe shakes us up to wake us up! This year, we often had to take our focus away from our anxieties about the future and return it to the present if we wanted to make any progress. To get things done! When we are present every single day, in the here and now, we can impact our future in a more substantial way. We learned that change happens today – in the here and now.


Building Foundations 

Building on knowledge and tearing down old beliefs was definitely the name of the game this year! The building blocks we gathered have allowed us to slowly build the castle of our dreams. This year was about gaining our strength and making sure our foundations were sturdy. We may have had to rebuild and rework our design a few times, but it was only for the betterment of our plans. 2017 will be the year to build on these foundations. What foundations did you build this year? How did they change throughout the year?


The Importance of Hard Work & Perseverance

After we built those strong foundations, we busted our butts! In 2016 we worked our asses off – whether that be in business, our relationships, or our health. We read, studied hard, wrote, and created. We went for that interview, degree, promotion, or certification. We may have even cried tears of frustration throughout the process, but we came out on the other side thankful for the experience and proud of our accomplishments – no matter how big or small they may have seemed at the time. What benefits did you harvest from your hard work and persevering this year?


Learning How to be Flexible 

There were definitely a few times where we had no choice but to be flexible this year. 2016 sometimes threw us a curve ball. When these waves of change would come, we learned that sometimes, all you can do is go with the flow. You can compromise without losing your integrity or dignity. It may not be how you originally wished the situation to be, but you had to trust that things happened that way for a reason. Acceptance of things you cannot change is definitely a part of this lesson. Where did you have to be flexible in your life in 2016? How did you deal with acceptance this year?


Connecting & Co-Creating with the Universe 

2016 was the year of co-creating with the Universe! Manifesting your dreams. Making your goals a reality. Empowering yourself. Helping you to let go and to heal. The Universe was there through it all! The Universe definitely had our back in 2016. You may have read more books on spirituality, metaphysics, and consciousness. Learned about the power of positive thinking. Connected with the wisdom of and learned about your spirit guides, angels, and ancestors, Earth Mother, and the Universe as a whole. What did the Universe teach you in 2016? What was it’s major message for you? What did you co-create with the Universe in 2016? Don’t forget to say thank you!

Finding & Building your Relationship with Your Tribe

This was probably one of the most fun (and at times trying) part of 2016. You may have finally found your people, your tribe, your soul family – or you at least started connecting with others of a like mind. 2016 was the year to put yourself out there. Mingling, making friends, networking, and getting to know your community. This year helped us to know we are not alone. There are others on the journey with us. We found love, understanding, and support in these people. Who encompasses your tribe? Who was a part of your tribe that is not anymore? As you changed and grew, did you relationship with your tribe follow suit? 2017 will continue to build on these relationships and deepen your connection to your tribe.

I hope you had an out of this world 2016. Let’s get ready to rock the next 365!

If you’re curious as to what lessons and opportunities 2017 may have in store for you, grab one of my New Year’s and 2017 Readings in my Etsy Shop!

xo Ariel