Society expects women to always function at full steam full time. But the truth is we are human and our mortal bodies cannot defy laws of nature. At some point we will stumble and fall. The trick however is not to become self-indulgent and give in because trust me, the feeling is so tempting. For instance, for the past weeks I have been feeling fatigued. And my fatigue felt unjustified in the face of a New Year, new possibilities and opportunities. It felt as if I was letting myself and everyone else around me down. The more I thought about it the worse it became.

We have all been there. We have experienced those moments when we fantasised about staying in bed and forgetting about every responsibility. How many times have you left your house without a drop of makeup, bra and a body shaper?  As Danielle Laporte explains, fatigue is not the same as feeling compromised by or disconnected from your goal. On every journey, at some point fatigue will set in and you will need to rest or tend to your blisters and your doubts. Nonetheless, you remain committed and proud to stay in the game. It feels exciting to carry on.

Just got dumped? Lace up your runners and move your body.

Under the weather? Go in to work anyway, wearing your favorite sweater.

Up to your earrings in deadlines? Go cheer on your friend. Show up at the bake sale. Call your mother.

Crying before show time? Put some tea bags on your eyes. Say a prayer. Enter stage left and . . .

Push. Turn up the volume. Go hard. Go harder. Reprioritize your aches and pains. Infuse your sensitivities with courage. Tell fear to get lost. Devote yourself to done.

There are Soul-justified reasons to cancel. There are times to just stop. This isn’t one of them.

Keep going. Show up. Full on. Full tilt. Full out. Decide to be one of those people who pull it off.

Do what you say you’re going to do. Don’t let us down. Decide to rise.

Why decide to rise?  Not for the reasons you might think.  In fact, these are the reasons that will make you sick and tired:  Do not rise out of obligation.  Do not rise because of feared consequences.  Do not rise because you think being tough makes you smarter (it doesn’t).

Decide to rise because you want to expand your being, your life, your possibilities. Decide to rise because superpowers are meant to be activated and applied in everyday life.

Decide to rise to explore your place in the universe.

When you make the choice to rise above your limitations you will be rewarded with illumination, ecstasy, insight. And the angel of your strength is there waiting, smiling, applauding, with a goblet of endorphins for you.  Drink up!

When you transcend circumstances you get special privileges.  You get evidence that you are indeed amazing, and irrefutable proof that what your heart and mind choose is what matters.

And you get the deep knowing that life wants you to win.

My wish for you this year is to decide to rise against it all. And have yourselves a prosperous new.