It’s amazing how easy it is to forget the good stuff, especially when you’ve had a couple big blows over the course of a year. For me, the big blows were scary and painful and sometimes, they glow in the soul like neon lights. Add to that a list of professional disappointments and frustrations, and you have a recipe for a sour New Year’s Eve!

However, part of my Light Manifesto for 2015 is *highLIGHT* - which means taking the time to look back on 2014 and remember every single good detail, too. Here’s a short list of those highlights:

January:

I got a beautiful new niece a few weeks after Christmas. She has brought so much joy to our family.

And, Glowing: Soulful Skincare was released in the Kindle Store! Yay!

February:

I made one of the scariest decisions of my life – to submit a novel (The Poison Box) I wrote many years ago to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. And if I didn’t make the cut…I promised myself I would just put it out into the world. I spent most days in February writing all day and all night long. My pajamas became my clothes and I think I gained 15 pounds from the lack of exercise and chocolate snacks.

March:

Did my first Q&A Session on Facebook and it was awesome! And followed that up with my very first webinar, 5 Things Your Dermatologist Will Never Tell You! Phew!

April:

Big month! The Poison Box was released to the world, after seventeen years of writing, re-writing and editing. I sold (yes, SOLD, as in “received money for”) my very first freelance piece. I almost framed the check. And I was blessed with the opportunity to share some skincare wisdom on The Michael Dresser Show. (If you missed the interview, click here.) AND…I got published on Pick the Brain!

May:

I joined the team at The Beauty Bean, alongside awesome, inspirational women like Liz DiAlto, Latham Thomas and Alexis Wolfer. I got my first big piece published on Mind Body Green, which has been a goal for me for over a year!

June:

I finally got the courage to put the She Came Into Focus material down on paper and launch the course. It got real!

July:

Started recording my first podcast. (As it stands now, I’m not sure where I’m going with it – it turned out to be incredibly personal. But I’m proud of taking the risk and waiting to see what my guidance has to say about it.)

August:

Finished cleaning up the website. Hosted Develop Your Skintuition webinar (super fun!). Mastered gluten-free cupcakes, thanks to Katherine and Sophie.

September:

The first She Came Into Focus course began! It had a rough start, but was a profound experience for me on many different levels.

October:

Finished She Came Into Focus and felt that it was a huge success.

November:

Got the best testimonial I’ve ever gotten! (Thanks, Kristy!) Started taking some pictures for the website (coming soon).

December:

Took a breather. Made my plans for 2015. Big ones.

As it turns out…my professional disappointments pale in comparison to what I actually accomplished this year. I did a damn good job and I am going to celebrate the heck out of myself tonight!

What are your highlights? Are you giving them as much air time as you gave your hardships?

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