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When you flow with the natural cycles of growth, not against it, you feel lighter and more at peace. Results come more naturally, with less effort.

When forcing against it, it feels like hugging a cactus or walking on porcupines. Expecting your career or business to yield fruit on day one is like forcing a toddler to write a PhD dissertation. It's rather cruel, if you think about it, such insane amount of pressure on a little seed. If you feel constantly exhausted, you're likely fighting the cycle you're in, which means you're fighting Life itself... and that's a huge energy drain.

Learn about the 9 Cycles of Growth.

YEAR 1 - SEEDING

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It's the best season to...

  • Take action to plant meaningful and fulfilling seeds for the next 9-Year cycle.
  • Summon the courage to leave your comfort zone and re-invent yourself.
  • Put you and your dreams first (1 is the number of the individual), even if critics label you "selfish", which you are not.
  • Channel and use the surge of energy wisely, so it doesn’t stagnate or build up nervous tension in the mind or body.
  • Bathe in the feeling of vitality, inspiration, worthiness and even invincibility.
  • Follow your deepest yearnings for independence, originality, and freedom.

Remember: new beginnings aren’t meant to be a struggle, but a continuous unfolding of Life's mystery, alchemy, and grace.


YEAR 2 - SPROUTING

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It's the best season to...

  • Slow down to reflect on your truest needs, desires (if not, Life may do it for you...).
  • Enjoy the peaceful nature of this season (smooth sailing ahead!).
  • Trust that seeds are rooting strong footholds, even though this season could feel like you're watching paint dry.
  • Practice patience, perseverance and gratitude as projects progress slowly, but surely, below the surface.
  • Forge new relationships that are reciprocal and nourishing (platonic and/or romantic).
  • Join and invest in new communities who will support the fruition in Year 8.

Remember: patience is not a punishment, but an opportunity to refine your inner-knowing and flow with Life


YEAR 3 - BREAKTHROUGH

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It's the best season to...

  • Inhale a breath of fresh air and reap progress sewn in Year 1 and 2.
  • Burst out and express the depth and beauty of your soul (voice, creativity, thoughts, emotions) personally and/or professionally, the world is your oyster!
  • Make time to be social, add variety and novelty to your new/existing relationships.
  • As things speed up, pay attention to wanting to do too much, scattering your energy across too many projects and burning yourself out (before you’ve had a
    chance to grow a solid tree trunk).
  • Use this season as a creative springboard to actualize your ideas no matter how “out there”, for the joy and spontaneity of it.
  • Let go of guilt and prioritize joy, deeper meaning and long-term fulfillment (joy is not selfish).

Remember: bank as much of this season's magic and simplicity as you can to see you through Year 4.


YEAR 4 - DETERMINATION

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It's the best season to...

  • Dig deep within to set a solid foundation for big goals / dreams (“The taller the skyscraper, the deeper the foundation.”).
  • Take a break from flurry of social activities and get down to work, focus!
  • Streamline, tidy, organize and even automate earthly details (eg. finances, living situation, busyness tracker, etc.).
  • Accept that Year 4 can be turbulent and challenging (maybe even isolating) but that you can still navigate it with grace.
  • Persevere and focus on all meaningful goals / dreams previously planted, with as much joy from Year 3 as possible (this is not the season to float aimlessly).
  • Be practical, not daydream your limited resources away based on blind optimism. 

Remember: this season is a necessary step (no oak tree got mighty by skipping this cycle) to strengthen your spirit.


YEAR 5 - RAPID GROWTH

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It's the best season to...

  • Ride the free spirit energy of Year 5 onto the open road, in an entirely new direction, free from what others think / need / want (this is the halfway season after all)
  • Embrace the flurry of change and new people/activities, even the urge to relocate, legally change your name or get divorced
  • Expect the unexpected (surprises, course corrections, and experiences you've never had), including mistakes, failures, lessons
  • Make decisions from the heart, from deep connection with self, others and Life
  • Not bite off more than you can chew or you will suffer from indigestion!
  • Find your tribe(s) with similar values, passions and depths.

Remember: everything in moderation, don't let "shiny object syndrome" scatter the focus and foundation built in Year 4.


YEAR 6 - BUDDING

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It's the best season to...

  • Balance and restore your body, mind and spirit with natural and holistic nourishment after growth spurt of Year 5.
  • Add beauty, harmony and delight to home, relationships, wardrobe, car, website, etc.
  • Bathe in and enjoy a newfound sense of belonging to a soul aligned community.
  • Bloom deeper heart connections with your loved ones, career, pets, plants, networks).
  • Establish or makeover your niche in the world (professionally, home) knowing that trial and error may be needed.
  • Be mindful of a flurry of extra roles or responsibilities that are not yours to carry.

Remember: martyrdom is not service, so uphold self-care and boundaries (fill your own cup then give from your overflow)


YEAR 7 - BLOOMING

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It's the best season to...

  • Truly, deeply know thyself and see your gifts (this is the season of inner mastery).
  • Stop the daily grind to go deep within to reflect, see reality, and re-calibrate your path to to love and success, where needed.
  • Travel outside your home, comfort zone or status quo and embrace the highs and lows (highs can't be high without lows).
  • Craft your own way of seeing the world.
  • Celebrate the self-mastery and people who lead you to where you are today.
  • Let opportunities come to you, during this important planning (not doing) season before harvest, less is more.

Remember: If a writer, write. If a creative, create. Let your best work flow out.


YEAR 8 - HARVEST

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It's the best season to...

  • Rejoice in this peak season of reaping the abundant fruits of your labor, this is the best season of your life (if you allow it)!
  • Burst out on the scene and act on the soul-aligned clarity and callings from Year 7, the world is your oyster!
  • Follow your bliss and live out loud, be who you want to be, do what you want to do
  • Give yourself permission to start the season in one direction and end up in an entirely new and more brilliant one
  • Bask in the radiance of achievement, love, and contentment, and use that midas touch to magnetize people and opportunities
  • Recognize that fruition can still carry growing pains, which are necessary to call forth your truest power​

Remember: even though this is a season of action and reward, keep trusting and grounding during uncertain times


YEAR 9 - HIBERNATION

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It's the best season to...

  • Take stock of your 9-Year journey, obstacles overcome, lessons learned, so you can pull back to launch forward with renewed clarity and purpose
  • Gracefully let go of everything/everyone not meant for you by seeing losses as fertilizer for new seeds of inner evolution and outer contribution to the world
  • Complete any incompletes (forgive self/others/Life, let go of past wrongs, harmful people) so to start afresh on Year 1 
  • Accept the potential emotional roller coaster of death / rebirth cycles, this doesn't have to be the worse season ever
  • Recognize that not all endings are sad, some bring relief and/or exaltation​

Remember: don't skip this season of reflection, shedding, and celebration, in a rush to start the new cycle (planting seeds in winter soil is a fruitless waste of energy)


9-YEAR GROWTH CYCLE QUIZ

Take the quiz and download the full guidebook to find out at which stage you're at so you can flow with not against your natural season!
 

TAKE QUIZ + DOWNLOAD GUIDEBOOK


With infinite grace,

xo, Ella

(First Published Jan 1, 2020)

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