Celebrating and marking the new year is always an exciting and fundamental time to reflect. Typically this happens around December going into January for most cultures, but for me, September has always been my “new year”. This is when the season starts to change, people shift gears out of summer mode and into the more serious and goal-oriented fall.

There’s a sense of getting ready for the coming winter. I like to focus on three main things: 

  1. Preparedness
  2. Organization
  3. Setting priorities

I thought this might be a good time to introduce some coaching concepts related to living your best life. And of course, this is what I want for myself and for you!

Channel abundance to live your best life

When I was 12 years old, I read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

It set me on a trajectory – an insatiable desire to learn and practice the best ways to live for success. To me, success translated to living in an abundance of health, prosperity, and fulfilment.

And when I refer to abundance, I mean so much of it that all you have to offer is spilling out to everyone around you inspiring and encouraging others’ fulfilment as well. That is my vision of my best life: always more than enough – and for everyone.


Over the years, the language has changed for all of these methods and concepts regarding living your best life. I’d like to introduce a few and expand upon them over the next few weeks.

The first is a fun acronym: BHAG.

Fun to say and fun to imagine.

The difference between a BHAG and a regular goal is that it is all about taking big leaps into the unknown. It is a giant stretch between where you are now and where you wish to get to. It is the difference between having a goal of learning how to do yoga and making it a daily practice, and taking yoga teacher training and opening your own studio in Bali!

Recover its’ old shine

BHAGs are the crazy dreams that many of us allowed ourselves to play with as children, but slowly let them fade away as practicality and logistics took over.

Like writing a best-seller novel, sailing the world, or inventing a product that changes lives.

What’s your BHAG?

Has it changed over the years?

Is there a BHAG in your life that got left behind, dusty, and forgotten?

Pull that sucker out and recover its’ old shine! Over the next few weeks, I’ll write about two major concepts that can get in the way of living your best life and BHAGS – tolerations and neglect of The Wheel of Life.

Kathlyn McHugh RCC, RSW Counselling Practice takes place at the Vitality Clinic in the West Shore Area, close to Victoria BC.

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