Goodbye 2017: Reflections on an OMazing year

Maybe reflections are a way of contextualizing intentions for the year to come.

I’m try not to spend too much time dwelling on the past. It’s a practice, ergo sometimes I can let go with ease, other times the process is painfully challenging. Regardless, there can be merit in looking back on the past, reexamining how we’ve spent our energy and perhaps seeing patterns in our reflections.

Now that 2017 has come to a close, it feels relevant and important to take stock of the the positive, powerful chapters that made up, what in the end, feels like a very personally potent year.

I’ve made a list, mostly for myself (please don’t feel like you need to read it) of the most important POSITIVE things that magically came together during each and every month of the last 12. These are the ways I engaged with joy, created happiness and celebrated connection. These reflections are my list of good karma received or created.

If your game for personal growth exercises like this, I highly recommend you do the same. It’s pretty eye-opening.

Even the worst moments in our lives, some of them lasting entire years at a time, have silver linings, teaching moments, and/or lessons worth learning. And when you’re feeling down + blue, reflecting on all the experiences you’ve had to feel grateful for can lift you up.

The following are MY highlights of 2017, but I’d love for you to reflect on your own.

December 2016/January 2017: Ringing in the New Year in Nosara, Costa Rica with Shiva Rea and our Prana Vinyasa Tribe. Assisting my teacher for the first time during this 3 week, 200-hr Prana Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and helping to unpack the riches PV has to offer.

February: Spending time in the kitchen, cooking with J. Delving deeper into the sacred feminine. Figuring out what the hell was going on in my second chakra.

March: Taking Griffin to LA for an entire week to visit his Daddy Burr and Disneyland, hiking in the mountains north of Malibu, swimming in the chilly Pacific Ocean and riding my heart out at FlyWheel in Playa Vista.

April: Asking out a boy for the very first time. Assisting Shiva at the “Sacred Feminine” Weekend at Kripalu. Hanging out with yoga colleague + friend, Kelly Kamm during her visit to Nantucket. An early spring stand-up paddle with friend, Rob.

May: Falling in love with someone new. Teaching a sold out Mother-Daughter yoga class, which ended up being my very last at The Yoga Room, wrapping up a 9-year career of dedicated teaching at my studio of origin.

June: Celebrating Griffin wrapping up a difficult first year of Elementary school, and coming out of it feeling pretty good about himself. The opening of Paddle Nantucket’s 4th year of business! Riding in my second Bike Nantucket charity ride for Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Family & Children’s Counseling Center, and paddling almost daily in the harbor.

: Going to N Magazine’s Crystal Ball with a devastatingly beautiful new man on my arm. Teaching donation yoga, gorilla style, in an Enchanted Forrest, without any studio affiliation every Sunday all summer long, Collaborating with Lorna Dollery for our Tough Love: Boxing and Yoga course for girls. Encouraging Caroline into her very first pinchamayurasana (forearm stand).

SUP Yoga, Paddle Coach, Caitlin Marcoux

August: Swimming in my 4th Swim Across America with the man who held my hand through my own journey with cancer, despite the end of our relationship. Helping 7 year old Griffin learn the value in service work while becoming the SAA Kid’s Splash highest fundraiser. Dancing my butt off at the Nickodemus show atop the Whaling Museum. Wrapping up Paddle Nantucket’s most successful year yet!

September: Guest teaching a sold out class at The Yoga Loft in Marblehead, MA while on a paddle trip to Cape Anne + Gloucester with my new love. Paddling in Manchester-by-the-Sea, around the Ipswich Bay, and the Westport River.

October: 5 days at Kripalu studying with my teacher, Shiva and stand-up paddling with her at sunset with her on the Stockbridge Bowl. Sailing from Hyannis to Nantucket under a full rainbow, the biggest one I’ve ever seen, which stretched from one side of the horizon to the other.

Taking Griffin to the Heritage Adventure Park in Sandwich for a canopy ropes course and zip-line. Kicking Effexor and becoming 100% drug-free for the first time in nearly 5 years. Volunteering weekly in Griffin’s second grade classroom, by teaching 45 minutes of yoga on Wednesday mornings.

November: Reconnecting with the yoga community in Marblehead, while teaching another sold out Prana Vinyasa class at The Yoga Loft and spending the evening with my dear friend and colleague Larisa Foreman. Co-hosting an epic 17 person Friendsgiving with some really cool peeps; both new and old friends, and feeling nostalgic for the old Marcoux Thanksgivings of my childhood.

December: Celebrating my 41st birthday by riding 41 miles on my road bike with my dear friend Seana, in the freezing cold. Paddling solo with dolphins in the Nantucket Harbor. Watching Griffin in his first appearance on-stage in Nantucket Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. Co-creating Griffin’s 8th Birthday Jedi Training Academy themed party. Grounding our first Christmas on Nantucket with Tobias as part of our family, and our culture-filled 2
day trip to Boston where we went bowling, rock climbing, iceskating to the theatre AND to the to the Boston Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker! And finally, ringing in the New Year, not in the jungle like the year before, but peacefully snuggling in bed, with my one true love, my incredible little boy. 

Of course, those are all the OMazing things that happened. There was plenty of devastative disappointment, crippling heart ache, self-doubt, sacrifices and emotional pain, especially earlier on in the year. But given the choice that we all have, why focus on the negative?

Why give it power when there is so much to be grateful for.

Tell me, as you reflect on 2017, how did you spend your positive potency? What did you do with your OMazing year?

I would LOVE for you to comment below and share the positive vibes.