What Achievements Will You Acknowledge for 2015?
Every new year’s eve, whether at a gathering, or alone, at midnight I take a beautiful
card with blank pages inside and write a letter to myself: on the left side, “Dear Gail,”
and then I list all the wonderful achievements and blessings that have occurred that
year. On the right side of the card I write about what I look forward to creating in the
1. 2015 began with new life, literally- the birth of my third
grandson, Santiago Wolf Bettencourt, aka Mr. Adorable.
2. My coaching practice accelerated, adding several more yearlong
clients along with those who continue their contracts for four
to six month services. Facilitating people to express their highest creativity and realize
their many goals is a great honor.
3. I was able to return to Italy this year, a country I love, to spend time in Tuscany at a
Mindfulness Conference with Donald Altman. I was awestruck and inspired to see and
learn more of the history of these ancient cities, towns and cathedrals.
4. My “talk of the year” was Wonder Woman: Five Strides to Greater Power &
Resilience. It was so well-received, I’ll be giving it two more times in 2016- February in
Santa Fe, April in San Diego.
August: Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.
This is a beautiful book about social justice, and it’s the
culmination of fifteen years as an award-winning
journalist, international travels, heart-rending interviews, and
compelling narratives. I’m so proud of her.
6. This December I spoke at the Resource Center for Victims of Violent Death at their
annual Snowflake Memorial. It’s deeply humbling to speak to a group
of parents and families of murdered children. I spoke of Viktor Frankl, the physician
who survived three years of starvation and hard labor, but lost his entire family in the
Nazi death camps. His primary message is that one must endure suffering and grief in
order to live and love and find meaning again through service to others. I am totally
inspired by the parents who’re committed to helping other parents survive this most
7.And lastly, I’m grateful for the love of family, friends, and the trust of my coaching
and therapy clients. I am so privileged to have been given this life!
What Will Emerge on Your Blank Page for 2016?
And then I turned to the new page for 2016 and for the first time, I was at a loss. I
could think of nothing that would top 2015. Two weeks later I’m still looking at that
blank page. So I decided to look at how it was that I achieved such success last year.
Yes, I was blessed, but what did I do to help create it?
As I reviewed my own coaching notes from last year, I realized I’d focused
consistently on releasing self-criticism and practicing self-love.
This poem from Rumi was inspiration:
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
In my daily meditations, I released fear and self-doubt; I embraced myself with love
and compassion. And as I did this, I manifested more and more of what I desired for
Now, for 2016 I am declaring that I will continue to practice expanding into self-love
and love of others, and releasing all limited thinking and negativity. I will serve others in
every way that I can and I will practice what I teach about Wonder Woman: to be the
More than ever, I believe the world needs the heroic qualities of
our Divine Feminine Energy!
All Blessings to you this year,