Want to REALLY thrive in 2015? Learn from 2014.


When we think about wanting to thrive, we often get completely consumed by the future, by making huge plans, by brainstorming big ideas, by making really long to-do lists and, sometimes also by our current dissatisfactions and frustrations. I'm not far enough along. I haven't achieved anything yet. I feel so stuck.

And I get it. It's fun to dream, phantasize, and imagine about what could be and "steal" yourself away from the here and now. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming big; obviously! 

BUT, in order to thrive and really take charge of our lives, we have to understand ourselves and our patterns that are actually not serving us in the right and most constructive of ways. 

Since it is December and we only have about 4 weeks left in this year -2014, I would like to encourage you to review how this year went for you and to learn from the things and patterns that served you well and those that limited you.

Awareness is the jumping board to authentic and lasting change, and so I prepared a set of questions for you to ask yourself this month in order to start 2015 in the best way possible and ready to thrive in all areas of your life: work, love, health, and play. 



Trust in yourself and in the universe gives rise to courage, creativity, and ultimately self-realization. Without trust, we are dominated by crumbling self-doubt and indecisiveness. Plus we shut down our own ideas before they can ever come to fruition.

Ask yourself with respect to 2014 : 

  • What were instances when I really trusted myself, my intuition, my ideas? What happened?
  • When did I reject my own ideas, didn't speak up for myself, and made someone else more important than myself? What happened?



We all have it, but we often give it away without noticing. For example, worrying about what other people think of you, making your self-approval dependent on other people's opinion of you, or putting your life on hold until _______ (external factor) changes, are all examples of giving away your power. 

Ask yourself with respect to 2014: 

  • When did I give my personal power away and how? Did this ever help me?
  • What do I wish I could have done differently?



Sometimes pride gets a bad rep, but you are certainly not serving anyone by not claiming any of your successes as your own. Having a healthy sense of self means that you know your value and that you can celebrate the things you have done and contributed with pride and joy. You have to pause, appreciate, and celebrate yourself the way you appreciate others. Ultimately this is a huge component of feeling fulfilled; for you and for everyone around you.

Ask yourself with respect to 2014: 

  • What am I really proud of having done/ achieved/ said/ contributed/ created? 
  • Did I celebrate my successes and achievements properly in a way that invited others to genuinely celebrate theirs too? 


In the comments below, I'd love to hear from you: Do you spend enough time reflecting and learning from your own patterns? Which of the above questions resonated the most with you and why?


    Caroline Zwickson

    Caroline Zwickson has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Women’s Health Coach focusing on natural pregnancy preparation, hormone balance & postpartum recovery for women who want to feel amazing in their own skin and birth happy babies.

    Caroline integrates functional nutrition, life & wellness coaching, as well as positive psychology to guide her clients in creating joyful lives and fertile bodies. She skillfully helps her clients adapt to new food & lifestyle habits that are grounded in establishing physical and emotional balance and health so that they can make decisions that are truly based on their goals, desires and intentions in life, especially at the onset of a new era: motherhood. Knowing how to nourish yourself in a way that promotes hormonal balance and having a close, loving relationship with yourself is the best possible preparation for pregnancy and motherhood.

    Through her own experience navigating hormonal imbalances after coming off birth control in her 20s, Caroline experienced first hand that the most important factor in achieving a healthy and fun pregnancy is how women prepare their bodies and lives before they conceive. Her approach to women’s fertility and motherhood is based on positivity and the firm belief that women have an immense capacity for creation and bringing joy and beauty to the world.

    Caroline has been featured in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Your Bella Life, The Beauty Bean and Cafe Truth. She has spoken at companies like Martha Stewart Living, Yelp, AMEX, Twitter, and Charity Water. You can find out more about her at www.carolinezwickson.com and you can download her FREE workbook guiding you through her top 5 tools to help you conceive naturally.