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Best of Always Well Within 2012

Lotus_Water_FlowerIt’s been an important year for me, personally, and for the blossoming of Always Well Within.  I decided to say no to the Angel of Perpetual Giving and yes to a greater vision.

In essence, I made a commitment to stop holding myself back due to fear, resistance, and self-doubt.  Getting all wrapped up in those self-effacing emotions is just another form of self-clinging that detracts from one’s contentment and ability to serve others.

My aim in 2013 is to reach and encourage more people with the essential message of Always Well Within:  true happiness and freedom is within your reach.

In fact, they are much closer than you might think.  It’s all about working with and transforming your own thoughts and emotions.  In so doing, you will find true happiness for yourself.  And with this new insight and understanding, you will be inspired to extend kindness, love, and compassion to others as well.

Leaps and Bounds in 2012

With your encouragement, these are some of the leaps and bounds I took in 2012 to allow Always Well Within to blossom fully.

    • I moved Always Well Within from a hosted platform to an independent, self-hosted site.
    • I conducted my first reader survey, which made me feel even more connected to all of you.  Your responses were heart-warming, encouraging, and informative.  Your input has helped me shape my articles to better address your needs and wishes.
    • I participated in The Goodblog Project, to learn how to better serve my readers, expand my reach, and blog with more impact.
    • I created a page of recommended resources and books to support you on your journey and also allow you to support me so I can continue writing on Always Well Within.
    • I began submitting guest posts to major blogs like Tiny Buddha, Good Life Zen, and Be More with Less.

Amazingly, I did all this with more focus and less stress.  That’s a sure sign that you too can change and live with more ease because, honestly, I’m a tough case!  It wasn’t an obstacle free year by any means, but  the challenges sharpened my clarity and resolve.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you, my dear readers.  Writing for you brings meaning and joy into my life.  Every single one of you is precious beyond measure.  I truly hope you can hear and believe that.

 The Best Always Well Within Posts of 2012

Numbers often lie and what really matters to me is making a positive difference in your life.  So I’ve hand-picked the most helpful and inspiring posts of 2012.  Here they are in one handy place and in no particular order.

Three Ways You Can Help Always Well Within Grow

I know your life is busy.  But, if you have a few seconds and would like to help Always Well Within touch more people, here’s how you can help spread the word:

  1. Share my articles on your favorite social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  2. Link to one of my articles in one of your articles.
  3. Share your thoughts in the comments.  The comments on Always Well Within are always rich in inspiration and insight.  I would love to hear from you, too.
  4. If there is anything special I can write for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Thank you!

I’m grateful to all those who have gifted me with love, support and encouragement this past year.  Far too many to mention without the danger of missing a few.  So let me just say that I love and appreciate you all.  May our connections deepen and continue to enrich each others’ lives.

Thank you for your presence in 2012.  I look forward to rocking the world together in 2013.  May all your aspirations come to fruition in the coming year.  From my heart to yours, Sandra

Thank you for your presence, I know your time is precious!  Don’t forget to sign up for my e-letter and get access to all the free self-development resources (e-books, mini-guides + worksheets) in the Always Well Within Library. May you be happy, well, and safe – always.  With love, Sandra

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  1. Of all of your wonderful and helpful posts, I recall ‘What Do You Take Refuge In?’ as being very helpful to me. It made me really think and put some effort into it. In fact I will read it again through the link above.

    Thank you for inspiring us.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

    • Thank you for remembering that post, Dan. That was a very heartfelt post on my part so it really stands out for me too. Thanks for your contributions to the conversations here! I’m so glad to connect with you and get to know you. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

  2. jean sampson

    Hi Sandra, and Happy New Year! I remember most of your posts from the year, and I even cleaned out my drawers and closet to be able to donate 4 bags (big bags!) of clothes to charity after reading about your own downsizing! Got more to do yet! The books are where I bog down because I start to read them as I begin trying to get rid of some. But I LOVE books, so that is another story . Well, I will keep on keeping on with the inspiration and encouragement from your wonderful blog! You are doing important work and I feel so grateful to have “found” you! Love and hugs!

    • Hi Jean,

      I’m especially touched by your faithful presence here and appreciate the depth of your comments so much. Right now I’m in a whirlwind of decluttering and I get stuck with books too! I’ve made a small pile to take to the used bookstore (only about 10), but I think I will slowly be loosening my attachment and letting go of a few more as difficult as it is. I’m glad I do most of my reading on the Kindle now, but some books just have to be the real thing! Thanks for your kind words. Love and hugs to you too!

  3. Always such a joy to come over, Sandra. I know I’ve read those posts and had a pleasant time reminiscing. But I am going to put this post in my action folder in my mailbox and revisit whenever I need a mood boost. I always enjoy looking back and musing over experiences. Thank you so much. I am so happy we connected and I look forward to getting closer.

    Much love. May you be blessed with health and happiness always.

    Hugs, Vidya

    • Hi Vidya,

      One of the highlights of my year is having connected with you! The bigness of your heart is a huge inspiration to me. What a great idea – to keep links in your action folder for a mood boost. Thanks for your sweet words and I hope our connections deepen and deepens.

  4. What a great wrap-up post. I recall every one of the best posts that you selected as I benefited from reading them. Looking back on what a prolific content producer you have been in 2012, not only in this blog but elsewhere too, makes me feel very humble. Where do you get the time to create such helpful and inspiring writing?

    Best wishes to you for a wonderful 2013.

    • Thanks, timethief! Interesting because I see you as a prolific content producer and wonder what your secret is, especially because your posts tend to be very rich. On reflection, I realized I write some of my best posts in the summer because that’s generally when I work less and I have more time, reminding me that it does take time (at least for me) to write a good post. Sometimes, it’s challenging to keep up with posting regularly. When that’s the case, I try to share a simple idea or compelling question or inspiring video or just cut back to writing one post a week. And, when I go with my energy and inspiration, a post seems to pour out more quickly although it still takes time to edit and format it. I love writing and I have a notebook of 50 or more blog post ideas so in that way it generally comes relatively easy. This would be a great blog post idea for you to write about!

      I’m so grateful for all I’ve learned about blogging for you and for our warm connection. May all your wishes come to fruition in 2013.

  5. charmaine

    A wonderful list for me to read over the holiday period. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Charmaine, Melbourne Australia.

  6. Awesome Sandra. Blogging has been a great way for me to personally grow and to also keep me on track. I am looking forward to reading some of your “best of” posts and also have a very prosperous New Year. 🙂

  7. Blogging is a great way to grow personally, isn’t it! Quite amazing really. I wish you a wonderful New Year as well.

  8. This has really been an eventful year for you, hasn’t it, Sandra? I’m so glad you’re creating such wonderful content and inspiring so many with your gifts! Thank you for being the person you are – gifted, warm and generous. ♥

    • It has and in fact the obstacles were quite deep! Thanks for your appreciative words. I love knowing and feeling connect to you! I wish you the very best in 2013.

  9. I got chills when I read the beginning of your post. No kidding. I thought “Look out, Sandra is breaking free!” Ha! I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” I love how you are claiming your power. It shows that true power is not arrogant at all, but is humble and full of gratitude and grace.

    I remember many of those inspirational posts. I can’t wait to see where 2013 leads you. And me, too! Happy New Year, my friend.

    • Galen,

      It’s so interesting to see my reflection in your words and even your chills! For many of us, life is learning about breaking free, isn’t it? I’m so glad you are my companion on the path and I can’t wait to see where the next phase of our lives brings us. You are in your own interesting transition.

      Those are wonderfully descriptive words of what true power could actually. I would love for you to write about that sometime!

  10. Hey Sandra – thank you for all the articles this year – your practical advice and wisdom! This is one of my favorite blogs online and I look forward to reading each one of your posts! I also appreciate the efforts you’ve been making to make your blog a simpler cleaner version. And easier to read. I try to support AWW in every way I can except for suggesting things for you to write:) But that may change – look out for post ideas on twitter.

    Thanks again for your inspiration and helping make our lives richer!

    • Hi Vishnu,

      I’m so happy for our connection and am touched by your kind words. I would love to hear your idea on what to write, but I know I could never inject the level of amazing humor into words and ideas like you do. You are the champion in that arena. Your posts always make me smile yet are filled with deep wisdom as well. Wishing you the best year ever in 2013.

  11. You have truly had an outstanding year.

    The pattern I notice through all that you do is your authenticity and staying true to you.
    You pave the way from the inside out.

    I think that’s your signature mark and your success pillar in life.

    • Hi J. D.

      I can’t help but smile at your beautiful words! Thanks for pointing out my signature mark. As I said to Galen above, it’s interesting and helpful to see my reflection in your mirror. I’m so happy to know you J. D. Your blog is so unique and rich and you have an enormous capacity for capturing, synthesizing, and communication helpful, transforming information. Wishing you the best in 2013.

  12. A lovely compilation of some of the many highlights of the past year here on AWW, Sandra. Keep up the good work you do – yours is one of my favourite sites to settle in for a good read. Happy New Year to you.

    • Thank you, Carolyn! I’m so impressed with your writing on behalf of women with heart disease. I’m honored to know you and absolutely adore your site and value the information you provide tremendously. Wishing you a wonderful 2013!

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