Soul work is painful, draining, time consuming, and demanding on all parts of your being. It has required me to strip myself bare and expose all the raw parts of my existence. To delve back into the wounds of my past and the pasts of my ancestral lines for that is where understanding of who you are and why you are the way you are begins. At least for me, I knew that I needed to first look back to begin the process of untethering myself so that I could be free to move forward. It has called for me to be vulnerable with myself and with others. It has demanded that I confront my ego, my weaknesses, my faults, the deeply ingrained patterns and habits that have led to my downfall, the social constructs that I have given my power away to. It has led me to ask over and over again, "Does this serve me?" and then be open to what the honest answer is, whether I like it or not. But it is also beautiful, exhilarating, rewarding, empowering, and liberating. 2018 is the year I committed to doing this work. While there has been progress, there is much more to be done. And I'm ready for it. I want it. Above all, I need it.