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The Best of Always Well Within 2015

Top Ten Post - Always Well Within 2016

I traveled through peaks of excitement and valleys of despair this year in relation to my blog and my course offerings.

I started the year with a buoyant sense of enthusiasm.  But I over-planeed.  The result, after a few months:  Too much stress, too much overwhelm, and a pace I couldn’t sustain.

Over the summer, hackers drove me to the edge.  They cost me way too much money trying to secure my site.  I wondered, more than once, if this might be a sign from the universe to stop writing and sharing in this space.  Or was it a message to rise up and overcome the obstacle?

I’m still here!

I also realized, more clearly than ever, that I work intuitively and from a space of inspiration. Fortunately, one or the other of these states make themselves available to me regularly.  Until now, I’ve never honored how essential they are to my expression in the world.

Another person’s style or approach can inspire me. It can teach me specific elements of blogging, business, or writing.  But I can’t squeeze myself into someone else’s mold however good it might be. I need to follow my own heart, my own excitement, and my own intuition. I’m just beginning to learn how to trust and respect my own flow and what feels right in my creative expression.

All these twists and turns led me back to the beginning in a sense, to how much I love writing on this blog for you.  I feel like I came home to my heart center and it feels good to be here with you.

Despite all the ups and downs, I shared articles consistently on this blog.  I feel good about the depth of the content I’ve created for you over the year.  So let’s take a look at the best of the best.

Creme de la Creme:  Always Well Within Top Posts 2015

Before I discovered the hacking issue, I pulled so many plug-ins off the backend of this site, including the statistics.  So I no longer have a formal way (by the “numbers”) to select the top ten posts this year.  But I can tune into my inner sense and what seemed to stir your interest as well.

Here are my selections for the top ten posts on Always Well Within 2015:

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As we move toward closing the year, I know I feel different than when it began.  I feel more centered, clearer, and more connected to myself.  I see I’ve let go of quite a lot this year.  I let go of the “numbers” because I care about each one of you.  I let go of doing it according to a formula because it doesn’t work for me.  I let go of another layer of busyness so I can focus on the real priorities in my life and in my work.

Aloha till 2016

Thank you so much for your presence, your support, and your engagement.  Thank you for your kind words, which touch my heart and encourage me to continue.  I’m only here because of YOU!  I’m tempted to say thank you at least three hundred times, but I’ll trust you know how grateful I am.

I’ll be taking the remainder of the year off to rest and restore myself, to work in our small orchard, and to connect with my spiritual and creative heart.  I hope you too will have some time for yourself in the coming weeks.

What have you learned this year?  What are you letting go of this year?  I would love to hear.

Thank you for reading!  I appreciate your presence.  If you enjoyed this article, sign up for free blog posts by email and please take a moment to share it.  May you be well, happy, and safe – always.  With love, Sandra


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  1. Sandra,

    I’m sorry your buoyant enthusiasm got squashed as the year went on. Makes me smile because that’s always life, isn’t it? Like you, I often find myself wondering what the message is between two extremes. I’m glad you’re still here!

    • Thank you, Debbie. I like your view on this. I feel it’s all part of the process of learning about ourselves and how we function in adversity as well as whether we cling to the good times, which can also get us in trouble. I’m still here and enjoying it! Love to you, Debbie.

  2. I am so glad that you are still writing your beautifully rich and deep and very helpful blog! I enjoy it so much and have loved getting to know you through reading it! I look forward to whatever you have to share in the new year. There are several that I want to go back and re-read! Love to you!

    • Thank you, Jean. Your appreciative words are so touching. I’m so glad for our connection. Sending you love and wishes for a bright New Year.

  3. Sandra congrats love your consistency. I understand that overplanning I could give up some days, 2015 was the year of letting go of looking outside of me for the magic fix. See you in 2016 xxoo

    • I so relate to “2015 was the year of letting go go looking outside f me for the magic fix” Suzie. That’s been big and still is big for me right now. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds for us in 2016.

  4. Life is so funny Sandra. I find myself on the same page/path as you. Somewhat over extended and needing some time to refresh and renew. This seems like a good time to stop measuring my days in terms of productivity and begin to measure them by my level of well-being and mindfulness.

    To do this, I need to stop and breathe and like you will be off the radar for the rest of the year while I refine and recalibrate my life. My cup is too full and would benefit from a little emptying! 🙂

    • It’s intriguing that we seem to have this synchronicity, Elle! I’m so glad you’re paying attention to the signs and taking a break to rest, refine, and recalibrate. I look forward to hearing what you discover any how the New Year will unfold as a result. Much love to you, Elle. So happy for our connection.

  5. I usually just lurk here, Sandra, but I wanted to say thank you for all your thought-provoking posts all year, and wish you a peaceful and refreshing end of the year.

    • Thank you so much for your good wishes, Kathy! It’s so kind of you to take a moment to say hello. Most people read without commenting so you’re not alone on that. But, I’m so happy to connect with you for a moment here. Wishing you a bright New Year.

  6. Thank you so much, Sandra, for all you’ve done and shared with us all this year! I’m so glad that you ARE still here! It’s such a gift for all of us! See you back here in 2016. Hugs!

    • Thank you, Jessica! I’m happy to be here. I’ll be around this week and then I’ll see you in 2016. Can’t wait. I’m looking forward to the new year.

  7. I love your positivity and energy, Sandra. I can imagine how scary the hacker experience can be! I am so glad you continued to write!

    Lovely top 10, although I must say all your posts are valuable – you put so much into them. Thank you for the lovely gift, I will have a go at them. Reviewing is always a good exercise. I am afraid to do the time tracking log though! 🙂

    Enjoy your time off! Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and New Year. ♥

    • Hi Vidya,

      Thank you! Yes, the hacker experience was scary. It kept going on and on because we had different websites that we weren’t using. Really had to clean everything up and use a tech person to implement stops.

      I’m so thrilled you downloaded the gifts. You do so much, Vidya! You are really amazing. I can imagine that it might be challenging to do the time tracker. Good luck if you decide to give it a go.

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

  8. Hi, Sandra

    Sorry for the difficult times you have in 2015. Glad that you have 2016 plan set up.
    This is my first time here. I had read 2 or 3 three top posts that you listed in here. I loved the contents. I sure will come back to read the rest of the top 10 posts.

    Little breaks can help us to refresh and recharge.

    Have a nice week ahead

    -Stella Chiu

    • Hi Stella,

      Thanks for your empathy! I’m looking forward now and I sure did learn a lot about taking care of one’s blog. 🙂 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the posts you’ve read so far! I’m happy to connect with you, thanks for taking a moment to let me know. Yes, I can’t wait for the refresh and recharge. Wishing you well, Stella, and a nice week as well.

  9. I can relate to what you are saying because I also function intuitively, and my plans work best when they are kept loose and flexible. I enjoyed reading the post, and wish you a wonderful and restful December ahead. All the best.

    • Thank you, Corina. It’s good to hear how you accept your way of functioning and keep your plans loose and flexible. Thanks for your good wishes for a restful December. Wishing you a joyful holiday season as well.

  10. Loved how you speak from your heart..
    Also when things are not going your way or there is a hurdle, its just so that you can do something bigger and better.
    Happy I stumbled on your blog, those top 10 were definitely a tough choice for you to make.
    Enjoy you’re me time 🙂

  11. Thank you for sharing your journey, Sandra, and for being so raw.

    I have been finding my energy waver recently and there’s resistance to submitting to it. I’ve made the decision, however, to honor it the best way I can. I’ve started taking solotrips once per month to find time to recharge. I’m finding that the more I find time to dive within, the more I desire it.

    The resistance is fear that I’ll never come out of it, but this fear is not valid. If I find that spending time alone to recharge is where I’m the most content, then I’ll be grateful I listened to my heart.

    Enjoy your time away from your routine. I look forward to hearing about the difference it has made for you.

  12. I had some websites of mine hacked once, so I definitely feel your pain! It was super scary at the time, although the resolution ended up being pretty painless. From the sounds of things, you had a much worse time with them than I did – all I had to do was roll back my sites and change my passwords, so it didn’t cost me any money.

  13. Evita

    Dear Sandra,

    Beautiful year-end review! And yes, always follow your heart. Much will and won’t happen in the external world, but when we are aligned with our internal, things progress with a divine ease and flow.

    And so I wish you a blessed, peace-filled and serene holiday season. And best wishes for a wonderful new year ahead! It is such a pleasure to know you 🙂

  14. This is my first visit to this beautiful space…your trials and tribulations hit home for me as I’ve struggled to create an online space too. “Heard” Mom’s fave phrase, “This too shall pass”, too many times to count. 😉 Looking forward to 2016.

  15. There’s a time for everyone to sit down and reflect, re-assess, re-align, recharge and plan for the year ahead…we need downtime…undertime…keep writing…great ideas…

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