What have been the biggest gifts of 2020?

Have you paused for a moment to acknowledge the gifts, the golden moments, the glimmers of light and the silver linings of the year, no matter what your experience has been? Have you made a list?

This is one of my favorite end-of-year rituals–to make a list and acknowledge, celebrate, and praise the gifts, wins and opportunities of the year, no matter what has happened.

Doing this lifts my spirits, ignites soul passion and evokes feelings of joy, possibility and abundance! It literally changes my reality and supports me in bringing in even more of what my heart desires.

This isn’t to deny the challenges–and for so many there have been gargantuan ones this year.

This is about being aware at a very loving, compassionate level of what isn’t working, and shifting your attention to what IS working, where abundance IS showing up in your life, and the gifts of this present moment.

Here’s a sampling from my list:

* Connected even deeper with my intuition and trust in myself. I took time regularly to receive inner guidance on my business–what to write for emails and social media, what to offer my clients & community, when to offer it, how much to charge. I grew to trust myself implicitly, let go of doubts and second-guessing myself, and made decisions that sometimes went against the grain of expert opinions or coaching industry norms.

* My business is now fully online. After delivering my Speak Shine Sell Workshop 20 times in-person, I successfully pivoted to leading it on Zoom three times this year and had women entrepreneurs from all over the U.S. attending! (Next Speak Shine Sell Workshop is January 21 & 22.)

* Launched my Soulful Speakers Club membership program. I chose quality over quantity and started small with 10 founding members, which has now more than doubled.

* Spoke 2-3 times most months–on podcasts and at online networking events, did livestream interviews, hosted my own radio show, delivered free online trainings, participated in a talent show and improv classes, and even spoke in-person in front of 50 people on March 13–literally the very day that things completely unraveled and began shutting down.

* Hired a new level of VA and social media support.

* Invested in my own speaking support for 2021.

* Got my first card deck printed and did daily readings on my FB business page. This planted the seed for creating a NEW card deck, which feels even more aligned and exciting to me.

* Attended virtual writing retreat and wrote 23,000 words as a first draft of my book.

* Had a big wake-up call around racial injustice, systemic racism and my own white privilege. Attended an anti-racism workshop to support me in doing all I can to speak up and actively live as an anti-racist, knowing there is much, much more work to be done now and in the coming years.

* My husband is now working from home permanently, something he had been wanting for years. We spend more time together now–playing ping pong, going on walks, doing yoga–and we spend more time with our son. We’re also getting closer to realizing our dream of converting our garage into my husband’s home-office.

* My son is attending in-person school 5 days a week and thriving in 6th grade. Yay!

* Spent almost a week with my sweet, amazing 91-year-old mom. I’m appreciating how well she is doing. Her mind is sharp, her attitude is positive, and she’s enjoying her life.

* We did a road trip for my birthday in July and met best friends on the Central California Coast to celebrate. Three days later we celebrated my husband’s 60th birthday at a splurge-worthy beach resort.

* I got to boogieboard in the Pacific Ocean 5 months out of the year and spent almost a week in Mexico with a dear friend in February.

* My close family and friends are all healthy and well. Wow, what a blessing!

* And my heart opened wider with compassion for all those suffering and struggling. This year also gave me the opportunity to donate more money to my favorite causes as well as a few new ones.

If you haven’t yet already, spend some precious time these last few days of the year to look back and acknowledge the gifts of 2020.

About Rebecca Massoud

Rebecca Massoud, founder of SHINE, is an award-winning business success coach and marketing mentor for soul-inspired women entrepreneurs. She believes it's time for you to move beyond what holds you back in marketing your business and bringing your unique message to the world, so that, individually, you can create an amazing income and amazing joy in your work, and, collectively, we can create an amazing impact.
No Comments

Post A Comment

GET STARTED TODAY CREATING YOUR TALK!

Join my virtual community & receive my FREE SOULFUL SIGNATURE TALK TEMPLATE
to attract your ideal clients and grow your tribe as my thank you.

Website Optin (Automation)

Last night with this amazing man 💕Celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary ✨
Happiness is… getting together with a dear friend, longtime client and one of my founding Soulful Speaker members @omvalerie for a beach walk and lovely, nourishing connection time 💛  #soulpreneurs #womenempoweringwomen #soulfulbusiness #soulfulspeaking
Kian’s 6th grade promotion is what’s been happening in my world. It’s been his best year yet, despite Covid, and I’m so very grateful he was able to do in-person school with his friends and the most amazing teachers. 🙏✨💛
Recently, I got judgey with myself at a classy sales training with a wonderful mentor.  Why am I not better at this? (We were doing a role-playing exercise.) Why is this feeling so hard? Why does SHE sound so much better than me?  Ugh, so confronting!  Afterwards, I realized I wasn’t giving myself permission to SUCK. To be messy, unpolished and boldly out front with my not knowing.  I was holding back my voice, as I wanted to come across as the cat’s meow and like I really had my sh*t together. 😯  So I had a pep talk with myself.  I said: I’m still ok. I’m still a leader even though this moment feels hard and messy, and I feel like I should be further along than I am. (In fact, it seemed like most of the women in the training were struggling.)  I said: There’s nothing wrong with me, and there’s no right or wrong way. I love myself, no matter what.  And next time, I thought: I DO want to stretch myself, even if it’s just a little bit further out, and dare to SUCK!  Happy Friday, everyone 💛 Where’s one place you’re wanting to edge out a bit beyond your comfort zone and maybe even dare to suck while doing it?  #soulpreneur #soulfulbusiness #spiritualbusiness #soulfulspeaking #womensupportingwomen #daretosuck #ilovemyselfnomatterwhat
I LOVED my recent conversation with @peggylebo on OWNING the power of your true voice!  Peggy is the founder of The True Voice Method, a singer-songwriter and vocal coach.  She shared so many incredible insights on how women entrepreneurs can find and free their most authentic voices—and make their greatest impact.  👉Go to the link in my bio and listen in!  #soulpreneurs #womenempoweringwomen #spiritualbusiness #soulfulspeaking #truevoice #authenticmarketing #womensupportingwomen #highlysensitivewomen #savvysoulfulsuccessful
Just back from a luxuriant trip to the Bay Area visiting besties, playing and sinking in to Mother Nature. Pure food for my soul.  What have you been doing lately that feeds and nourishes your soul?  #soulnourishment #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #soulpreneurs #rejuvenationtime
Hooray! So happy to share an interview with my friend @christinemariehoward_ on her Radiant Achiever Show. Go to Christine’s bio to check it out.  #soulpreneur #soulfulbusiness #soulfulspeaking #radiantachievement #womenempoweringwomen
Breakfast in bed from this big cutie pie and a long luxurious talk with my dear momma... a perfect start to the day 🌷 #happymothersday 🌷
Lunch date with my most favorite grown-up on the planet! 😍
A GOLD STAR for you! 🌟 You deserve a gold star* today. You showed up. You did your best. You breathed, you felt, you loved. You are amazing, and you are so deserving of a gold star every day. 💛  *Found on my walk today  #soulpreneur #spiritualbusiness #awakeningconsciousness #soulfulspeaking #speakercoach #goldstarday
#mondaymusings Hi, my friend. How are you doing? I took a week-plus rest from IG, and it’s had me ponder my love-hate relationship with social media—and be with a myriad of thoughts & feelings.  Many times I feel the joy & pleasure of connecting here with amazing people like you, sharing my insights, promoting my business stuff. And other times it feels like pressure. (Ugh, I really hate feeling pressured.)  I notice feelings of resistance come up: Do I REALLY need to post so often? Do I REALLY need all those hashtags? I notice thoughts of comparison and competitiveness: Am I doing it right? Am I doing enough? Is it good enough? I notice thoughts of complacency: What’s the point of all this anyway? Do I really need to even share this post?  And yet, here I am on a Monday evening showing up with no strategy in mind other than to speak what is on my heart and create a deeper connection with you—and with myself.  Because it all comes down to this: I am very, very human, and I’ve learned (still learning) to embrace with compassion ALL parts of me. I am also magnificently and gloriously divine! I AM THAT. The awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping beauty of this life is the coming together, the dance of the human and divine, and being, feeling and embodying all of it.  YOU ARE THAT, TOO. I see your light and send you my love 💛  #soulfulspeaking #spiritualjourney #soulpreneur #speakfromtheheart #awakeningconsciousness #divinelove #spiritualcoach
I’m speaking today at 11am Pacific at the free online Simplified Wellness Weekend! My amazing client Kat @thesimplifiedlife has curated a fabulous lineup of wellness leaders and speakers today and tomorrow to nurture and engage your mind, body and soul. ✨💛  Join us for this free event: thesimplifiedlife.com/wellness
Do you get bogged down with indecision or overthinking things with your biz? The key to soul-aligned growth is to make decisions quickly and then act on them.  Because guess what? You can always change your mind, and make a new decision!  Trust yourself. Trust your gut instincts. Cultivate deep and intimate self-trust, the cornerstone of a soul-sourced business.  Truly, in the grand scheme of things, you can never mess up or make a mistake.  So, what are you waiting for? Jump in and decide the best you can with what you know now. Then, allow the magic to unfold...✨💛  #soulpreneur #soulfulbusiness #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #soulfulspeaking #spiritualbusinesscoach #speakercoach
My amazing client Kat of @thesimplifiedlife is leading a free Wellness Weekend with a carefully curated lineup of experts on wellness, fitness, passion, calling, mental health, home care and more next weekend, April 24-25! I’m honored to be one of the presenters! 😻  Sign up here: thesimplifiedlife.com/wellness
I’m celebrating how much I absolutely love and adore ALL my clients--the ones who come to my workshops, the ones who join my Soulful Speakers Club, and the ones who hire me to coach them privately.  Every single one of them makes me jump for joy. 💃  I'm celebrating that they are my ideal clients or what I call my soul peeps because it definitely has not always been this way!  What's made the difference for me? A few things that I want to share with you today...  * "Just Do You" - India.Arie's song by this name is one of my biz theme songs! The more you just do YOU--accepting with compassion every facet of who you are including the shadow and ugly parts--the more genuine love you have for yourself, which results in attracting those whom you genuinely love.  * Quality Over Quantity - I average about 10 people in my workshops that I host about once a quarter. Could I have bigger numbers? I'm definitely open to that. But what's been even more important to me is to focus on the quality of people I'm attracting FIRST and then expand with quantity from there.  * Let Them Go With Love - If someone doesn't resonate with what I share or I don't resonate with them, I let them go with an open heart and a blessing for their journey. I don't need any one particular client, even if I think my bank account or my revenue goal may say otherwise.  * Intimacy & Connection - This is one of my top values in my business. My clients often become dear friends, and dear friends often become clients.  Do you LOVE all of your clients? What would help you love them more and even jump for joy over them?  Drop me a comment below. I’d love to hear!  #idealclient #businesscelebration #soulpreneur #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #soulfulbusiness #soulfulspeaking #soulmateclients #speakercoach
One thing that takes me over the moon with joy? Boogieboarding with besties! Happy new month of April ✨ Celebrating your joy and precious light ✨  #boogieboarding #delmarbeach #shineyourlight #joy #gratitude #bestfriends #happyeaster #springishere
My beautiful inside & out client @creatively_jessica is a Fulfillment & Abundance Coach. She is making history with her gifts of intuition, creative brilliance and soul alignment.  Jessica recently attended my Speak Shine Sell Workshop to craft her client-attracting signature talk and joined my Soulful Speakers Club! She is deeply committed to sharing her inspiring message and receiving abundantly.  Jessica is also one of the most dedicated people I know to her path of spiritual unfoldment and loves helping her clients with their spiritual paths as well.  I love my clients, and I feel so lucky to get to work with amazing beings like Jessica!  #womenshistorymonth #womensupportingwomen #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #speakshinesell #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneur #soulfulbusiness #soulfulbusinesscoach #speakercoach #ilovemyclients
Joy. Pleasure. Play. Celebrating my first boogieboarding rides of the year 😍  #oceanlover #boogieboarding #babeswhoboogie #sandiegobeaches  #delmarbeach #thankfulgratefulblessed #play #pleasure #joy
I’m in love! This fabulous group of soulpreneurs just completed the Speak Shine Sell Workshop to craft their signature talks. And I’m IN LOVE with each one of them—their message, stories and brilliance are all so inspiring! 👏👏👏  #onlineworkshop #virtualworkshop #speakercoach #speakshinesell #speakertips #speechmaking #craftyourspeech #womenentrepreneurs #womenbusinesscoachesofcalifornia #womencoachesofsoutherncalifornia #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #womenspeakers #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneurs #soulfulbusiness
Tomorrow’s the day! My Speak Shine Sell Workshop kicks off at 9am Pacific with soulpreneurs all across the U.S. ready to craft their client-attracting  signature talks. 1 SPOT LEFT. Would you like to join us and step in to greater visibility for your business?  Link in bio to register 😍  #onlineworkshop #onlineworkshop #virtualworkshop #speakercoach #speakshinesell #speakertips #publicspeakingtips #signaturetalk #rockyourtalk #speechmaking #craftyourspeech #womenentrepreneurs #womenbusinesscoachesofcalifornia #womencoachesofsoutherncalifornia #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneurs #soulfulbusiness
I love it when my clients make me laugh! 😆 Today I’m celebrating my amazing client @lorikaatz, in honor of Women’s History Month.  Lori is an Abundance Advocate & Financial Advisor and someone you definitely want in your money corner!  Lori is creating an awesome presentation to inspire women entrepreneurs to step on the abundant path and LIVE IT on a daily basis. 👏👏👏  Lori is saying yes to being fully expressed with her soulful signature talk, and I’m thrilled to support her in magnetizing even more ideal clients and maximizing her visibility. 😍
Happy Spring Equinox 🌼 Happy Persian New Year from our home to yours 🌷  #nowruz #persiannewyear #happyspring #springequinox #eidmoubarak
If you've been feeling stuck with crafting your signature talk, this is your opportunity to work with me! Sign up for my two-day virtual workshop where you'll create your talk from top to bottom--including your signature story. ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT. ⁠
⁠
Sign up: speakshinesell.com⁠
⁠
#onlineworkshop #onlineworkshop #virtualworkshop #speakercoach #speakshinesell #speakertips #publicspeakingtips #fearofpublicspeaking #speechmaking #craftyourspeech #womenentrepreneurs #womenbusinesscoachesofcalifornia #womencoachesofsoutherncalifornia #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneurs #soulfulbusiness
Tomorrow is World Storytelling Day! Sharing your story gets clients excited to work with you. ⁠
⁠
Not only are you more relatable to your audience when you talk about a challenge you’ve faced and the steps you took to overcome the obstacles in your way, you also plant the seed of possibility for them.⁠
⁠
Letting your ideal clients know about some of the successes you’re now enjoying shows them what’s possible in their own lives. That gets them excited to work with you—because they want those same results!⁠
⁠
So, share your story at every opportunity! When done well and in front of your right and resonant audience, it literally magnetizes your ideal clients to you.⁠
⁠
If you'd like support with crafting your story and signature talk, join me for the Speak Shine Sell Workshop, March 25 & 26. See link in bio for details or go to speakshinesell.com⁠
⁠
#speakshinesell #speakercoach #speakingtips #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneurs #soulfulbusiness #worldstorytellingday#virtualworkshop
Thank you, Stephanie, for your awesome review of my Speak Shine Sell Workshop! Next one is coming up March 25 & 26, to support you in crafting your client-attracting signature talk--and getting in front of WAY more of your ideal clients. ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT.  Details in my bio link or go here: speakshinesell.com  #speakshinesell #speakercoach #speakingtips #marketingcoach #womenentrepreneurs #womenempoweringwomen #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneurs #soulfulbusiness #clienttestimonial #clientreview #clientlove
My beautiful client Crystal Ra @aaretekatalysaator is making history with her amazing gifts! Originally from Estonia, Crystal is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who has travelled to 30 countries and made 2 documentaries.  She’s an intuitive coach, podcast host, water therapy retreat facilitator, transformational accelerator—and mermaid who lives near the water in San Diego now.  In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m proud to highlight a number of my clients this month who are making history. 👏👏👏  #womenmakinghistory #womenshistorymonth #womensupportingwomen #womeninbusiness #womenempowerment #womenempoweringwomen #speakshinesell #soulfulspeaker #soulpreneurs #speakercoach #marketingcoach #itsyourtimetoshine
Today is the day! Let's unleash the sales in your story and use the power of credibility and vulnerability to build rapport with your audience. Don't miss out on my FREE pop-up training starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. Register with the link in my IG bio! ⁠
⁠
#freeonlineworkshop #onlineworkshop #freeclass #virtualworkshop #speakercoach #speakshinesell #speakertips #publicspeakingtips #fearofpublicspeaking #speechmaking #craftyourspeech #womenentrepreneurs #womenbusinesscoachesofcalifornia #womencoachesofsoutherncalifornia #soulfulspeaking #soulpreneurs #soulfulbusiness