~2016 Reflection~ • What has been my biggest challenge this past year? • Nine of Wands reversed. It was a challenge to pace myself, to trust in the timing of my soul path, to not carry all the wands alone and claw my way to the top of that ladder. There were times I really wanted to push myself, to force growth and change and healing and as many of us know, you simply cannot force something you are not ready for. This year challenged me to pause, to take my time, and to speak my truth in all things. • What has been my biggest success this past year? • Two of Pentacles. This year taught me all about balance, about knowing and trusting my limits. I learned to put myself first and to love saying "no". I sorted out all the things I've been carrying and let myself release those that didn't belong to me. Because of this, I end this year lighter and one step closer to the freedom my soul craves. • What card truly represented and led me through 2016? • The Hermit. This made so much sense to me. This past year has felt like an excruciatingly long wait in a line that will never end. If I learned, practiced, and practically perfected anything this year, it's patience. The hardest part about being patient is not the lack of action and movement. It's trusting that you're in a sacred pause for a reason- that you're being asked to wait because something huge and beautiful and magical is right around the corner. The waiting the Hermit brings doesn't freak me out- it's the need to trust and not know what's next that feels so damn uncomfortable. Thinking about the Hermit and all that it asks of us has helped me realize that I did learn to let go, even if it was the tiniest amount of control, and let God. I could finally relinquish my death grip on control enough to trust my instincts and intuition and know that some opportunities I was offered were not paths I was meant to take. When something felt wrong, I simply said no thank you and continued walking down my path. The Hermit has been a gift. It has guided me through this year with gentle calm and sparked deep trust in myself. I end this year with a heart full of gratitude, a sense of peace, and hope for the future.