As we head into the holidays, I want to thank you for being a part of my community, as well as share a few of my top lessons of 2017.

These lessons are a bit more personal than I usually get, as they came out of a very real challenge I faced this year. No need to worry—I’m going to be okay—but you may notice I’m sporting a different hairdo this week. 😉

I’ll reveal these personal lessons in the quick video below. I hope you find that these lessons help you hit the reset button, so you can head into 2018 with a renewed sense of purpose and focus.

I’d love to hear from you, too. Leave me a comment to share the important lessons you’ve learned—either this year or after a personal challenge of your own.

On a lighter note, I have an extra special download for you this week—my absolute favorites of my mom’s holiday cookie recipes. I think you’ll find them as delicious as we do!

Happy Holidays!


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62 Responses to “My Top Lessons from 2017—and a Special Holiday Message”

    • Terese

      Dear Pam,
      My heart goes to you and to your beautiful family. What a journey!
      Please , keep in mind that
      Love, gratitude and positive attitude
      Cures is all !
      Looking forward to see your fast recovery,
      With Love
      Terese Dudarewicz

  1. Irene Tomoe Cooper

    OMG Pam, that was such a moving video. I am weld up with tears. Thank you so much for sharing your special recipe from your mother for cookies. I am not someone who can cook but I am going to try them out today!

    Pam, you are my mentor, coach and role model, and I am so fortunate to be able to be your pupil forever. You are amazing and I love you! Your wooly hat is very cute on you. I didn’t look that good when my hair went.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

    With all my love and respect, Irene

    PS I am going to get that book you recommended too!

    PSS And I look forward to all the new stuff you’re bringing out next year!

    PSSS I recently bought Chris’s book which I am going to read this holiday x

  2. Javier a. Ortiz

    Hi Pam:

    Hopefully you’ll keep that enthusiasm you have, specially on this season of many falling in depression
    I am with you as having a special greetings to all the folks out there having something to do with illnesses; and praying GOD to be at their side helping them have a good day and resistance of pain
    which should be temporarily until getting better and free of disease. With GOD all is possible. Pray!

    Thank you for such wonderful words and smile and positive attitude you have.

    Merry Christmas!


  3. chuck hall

    yep…. stress is the big issue…. Glad to hear you are gonna be OK. We have been on this journey for 3 years with my wifes ovarian cancer.
    time and Health is all we really have, and in the end, we don;t even have those.

  4. Luana

    Hi Pam,

    Wishing you well…in every sense:) You have done an amazing job of supporting us that I’m sure you’ll have an avalanche of good wishes coming your way. Just sit back and feel them as they help you heal.

    Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to hearing all about your new plans in 2018.

    Very best wishes,


  5. Jane

    My biggest challenge is trying to get more customers both locally and in other areas. We will pray that you do well with the chemo. Have been this way with a grandson having cancer so know about it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  6. Stew

    Merry Christmas Pam,
    Praying you continue to make great progress defeating cancer…and for peace of mind for you and your family as you continue treatment. Hoping 2018 will be a fantastic year where many of your dreams come true. On a lighter note, I’ve gotten rid of the word “busy” from my vocabulary and replaced it with “frantic”; just kidding 🙂

  7. Steve

    Terrific post Pam. Wishing you and your family the very best during a difficult and challenging time.

  8. bruce jones

    Beautiful said Pam, wonderful message and I am so happy everything is on the positive side looking up. My bill board would say ‘Just Say Yes” so many wonderful things happen when you do, best of the holidays to you and your family


  9. Sue Painter

    Pam I met you several years ago at an event with you, Ed, and Mike. I have always been impressed by you. Sending you all best wishes for getting to the other side of your treatment. I am sorry to hear this is a part of your path and will keep you in my meditations and prayers. Best wishes to you.

  10. yolanda

    Oh Pam I didn’t know that you are dealing with cancer…. I am so sorry and I agree with your message in the video. I am crying now from the joy that you are going to be ok.

    Relax and I love Mary Morrisey too.

  11. Ralph Harding

    Dear Pam,
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful message. Life is full of surprises and challenges. I believe that’s part of the design. One of my good friends Henry Eyring said: “God’s purpose is not to make our pathway smooth before us, but to make of us great men and women. ” Your wonderful courses that I have taken over the last number of years have made a significant difference in my ability to be successful. And I thank you for that most sincerely. A book that I thought you would love to read is called Letting Go, The Pathway of Surrender, by Dr. David Hawkins. It is an amazing book and I know you will love it. Several decades ago during a difficult time in my life I was sitting by a stream and very clearly felt the message come through to me in these words: “Let your life flow, build no dams.” Now when I find myself trying to control everything remembering those words helps me navigate the challenges of life, many of which we cannot directly control. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and your wonderfully positive attitude will help you rise above this challenge and continue to make a very significant difference for good in this world.

    Love and Most Kind Regards,

    Ralph Harding

  12. Laura Atterbury

    I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis.
    I am a mammographer (for 20+ YEARS).
    And I became a health coach because of my brother’s cancer diagnosis.

    Research iodine. There is alot of controversary around it but people shouldn’t be afraid.
    Did you have thyroid issues? Thyroid and breast are VERY closely related. Most people don’t know that doctors usually only test TSH and that is highly inaccurate. Get a full thyroid panel.

    Chris Beat Cancer and Kick Cancer are great resources on supporting your body through treatment.

    Essential oils (doTERRA), especially frankincense are awesome. Peppermint for nausea, onguard to support the body and keep from getting sick
    And….coffee enemas – google coffee enemas for cancer patients. Detox the cancer cells that your treatment is killing off.
    Castor oil packs across your liver is very supportive too!
    Please reach out to me if you have nay questions or need support – I’m sure you are very well supported!!
    Prayers for a quick and whole recovery!

    Imperfectly Whole Life and Imperfectly Whole Oily Life on FB and Instagram

  13. Chad Kennie


    Your message is special. I have viewed your content and business presentations in the past and always thought that I liked your presentations and messages, but I can tell you that I buy into you much more after seeing this. More than anything, I really felt your heart in this video and think you are a beautiful soul. I am an achiever too, and have been intentionally trying to plan my days and my business activities around my #1 priority and purpose, my wife and family. It is so powerful for me. It is compelling to internalize everything you do around the things that are the most meaningful! Your story reinforces that for me and it tells me that I don’t have to wait for an external event to teach me that lesson. I hope you have a speedy recovery from your gift and wish you and your family a wonderful new year!!!


  14. Julie Waterman

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I pray for God’s continued blessings as you tackle this health scare. Thank you for sharing your journey. You have been someone who has inspired me, as I walk into the world of being an entrepreneur. I appreciate you!
    With warm regards,

  15. Karen Quinn

    Thank you Pam for a wonderful, thoughtful holiday message. I’m hitting my own reset button this year, after the loss of my mom. It’s pretty challenging, but life serves up unexpected challenges for all of us, doesn’t it. Love your approoach and thoughts about handling those things that make us feel out of control. Sometimes you just have to surrender for a little while. Happy holidays to you and the family. Wishing you renewed good health in the new year!

  16. howard kaplan

    Pam, thanks so much for sharing.

    Your video made me think so much about Being vs Doing. As you and I have talked Productivity is so important to all of us yet like so many constructs there is a yin and yang to our universe. There are certainly times to just Be and amazingly many times we find the best way to our doing is just by being.

    Happiest and Healthiest of Holidays to everyone in Pam’s community. I feel blessed to be part of it.

    • Pam Hendrickson

      So well said, Howard. I lesson I continue to work to learn my entire life! Happy Holidays and love to you! Pam

  17. Jim House

    Great words, Pam! Thanks for the reflection and the courage! Ordering the book, too! Merry Christmas to the Hendricksons! Love and prayers!

  18. Valeria Grunbaum

    Love seeing your beautiful face!…. I am glad that things are going well… soon this will be part of the past and the only thing that will stay present will be the lessons if you choose to receive them as a present 😉
    Sending love and big hugs

  19. Virginia Reeves

    Pam – Happy Holidays to you and those you care about. Best wishes on coming through stronger from this cancer journey. Such a good reminder about being busy and putting off doing things you want to do but don’t because of setting aside the present moment and ignoring having ‘a good time’. Here’s to more happiness, success, and magic in 2018.

  20. Leo Melendez

    Hi Pam! Thank you for sharing your story with us. You’re remarkably strong & I’m praying for your recovery. This past year has been insane with breast cancer in my family and my mother’s heart transplant. They were life transforming events for them and for me. So I will pray for you and for your family’s strength, hope, faith and discernment in this crossroad. You are victorious! God bless you. I’m happy and honored to have crossed your path back when I lived in San Diego. I continue following your teachings and you’ve been a video mentor to me from the distance while I’ve gone through my family’s ordeal. Thank you for being consistent and for always teaching. Sending light & love… Merry Christmas to you, Chris and the kids. Leo 🙂

  21. Rachel Kendall (THE EMPOWERED WOMAN)

    Pam, I am in awe as to how you hold yourself through all of the things you have been going through lately and are still in now. I am fortunate that with all of the things I am dealing with the doctors are telling me there is no cancer when they thought the tumors I have could be, but are benign for over two years. I don’t like the MRI and Cat Scan machines I have been in several times I feel I am lit up with the barium and dyes I drink and are injected into my arms, but know they are for a purpose to help me in my journey in this life.

    I have been thinking about you and what you are going through and feel for you and I have wondered how you could stay so positive, you are an inspiration to me and so many others who have been blessed to meet you and Chris in this group.

    I am being told to say several times a day: EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER! ( this is from Mary Morrissey and Kirsten Welles from my Life Mastery Coaching and Dream Builder classes and coaching.)

    My prayers are with you and your family! Blessings to you and your family and to a better New Year for all of us in 2018!

  22. David Acock

    Love and best wishes to you Pam , Chris and the family from the us in the UK. My mom was recently diagnosed. The doctors and their team have been fantastic.
    I was looking at Tim Ferriss book earlier today, its on my list!
    Happy Christmas and thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  23. Judith Lansky

    Blessings to you, Pam and healing. I’ve been there–and am there now. You will come out the other side, with lots of new lessons. A lesson I learned from a different health crisis: ” The healing takes as long as it takes.” And of course we achievers want to rush it……

  24. Romana Mc Donald

    Thank you Pam for sharing your story and your mom’s recipe. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I decree and declare healing in your body in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

  25. Paul Bigham

    Very nice, Pam. Melissa and I have been on your prayer team and continue to lift you up for complete healing and many reclaimed blessings for you, Chris, and your family. Merry Christmas, looking forward to many years of growth and joy with you and the team.

  26. Romana Mc Donald

    Thank you Pam for sharing your story and your mom’s recipe. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I decree and declare healing in your body in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

  27. Maryalice Inner-Life Coach, Mentor, Author

    Hi Pam – I had no idea you have been going through this. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am glad you will be coming through this, but the process is not easy, as you shared. I do wish you, Chris and your family a really good and happy Christmas. May the New Year bring you major good health, many fun adventures, blessings, love, inner peace, and wisdom.
    Blessings to you! And much love –

  28. Conan Nagle

    Hi ! Pam

    I so enjoyed your Video that you took the time even with all the challenges your
    facing in your own life.
    You still found the time to reach out to other people to lend a hand,to be of service to others
    You know Pam I wasn’t even going to open up your email because I get so many,but something
    told me to open it up and to take the time to watch your video.
    And I would like to now take this time to offer you a healing,I work with a great master his name
    is Saint Germain he is the one that gave me the prompting to open this email that you sent, see he has shown me this type of long distance healing that I would like to offer you,it would be from both of us.Saint Germain would be with me when I’m sending it forth
    We could do it by Skype my , handle is , iamtiam
    or I could just send it but only if you would be open to receive it so just let me know.
    With love Conan

  29. Janet Hanpeter

    So sorry to hear your news Pam but so glad the prognosis is excellent. As expected, you & your family are handling your journey of healing with courage and grace. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights with all of us, your commmunity who loves and appreciates you! Best Wishes for a Wonderful Christmas & Big Healing Hugs.

  30. Ann Sanfelippo

    Merry Christmas Pam!! Thank you for sharing – will keep you in my prayers.

    Looking forward to seeing what great things you have for the new year.

    All the best to you and your family.

  31. Jim Ruboyianes

    Hi Pam – I support you in your challenge by sending you positive and loving thoughts of healing energy. It’s so amazing that you continue to be a source of inspiration to so many of us, willing to give your gifts and all while facing personal challenges. For me your message certainly drives home the busy vs doing and is a reminder of how I can sabotage my efforts about not focusing on priorities and the things that are really important. I hope you have a speedy recovery and I wish you and your family a wonderful new year!!!

  32. Bob McCord

    An inspiring message in tough times, Pam, for which I thank you. I wish you perspective and stillness. You seem to have the gratitude. May the pitching and poking decrease along the way. Our blessings to you.

  33. Olivia

    Dear Pam,
    Thank you for sharing your message.
    God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  34. Yael

    One of my biggest lessons some years ago when I sustained a brain injury from a car accident was that it was ok to take and let others do the giving to me, and that it was ok for me to take a break from giving. (The only funny part about the brain injury was when I discovered that my then 8 year old twins were telling people that it was great to have a mom with a brain injury because I never remembered grounding them for more than 2 minutes.)
    Beautiful message Pam. Much love and health and happiness to you and Chris and Jon and Ben.

  35. Jess Brown

    Hi Pam,

    Thank you for sharing such a positive message and your cookie recipes! You’re a bright light and inspiration in the world. Thank you for all you do and I wish you a speedy recovery, happy holidays to you and your family and a 2018 filled with good health and joy.

  36. Joe


    Happy Holidays. Best wishes and success through your chemotherapy. You are a true champion and warrior. You are a great role model even while facing adversity. It was a honor and privilege to meet you and spend time with for after a break out session at MML 2016. You are someone I highly respect and admire.

  37. Winnie Anderson

    Pam, I’m in awe of you. There’s no way I could have gotten through that video without boo-hoo-ing!

    I think our mission is to make sense out of whatever happens in our lives. Byron Katie says that nothing happens “to” us. Instead it happens “for” us. For me, when I was in my car accident the lessons where some of the things you mentioned…control…I wasn’t in control anymore. It made me insane. I also realized how much of my self-image was tied to things that ultimately didn’t matter very much.

    I’m a better person and a better instructor because of my TBI and I tell people that the accident was the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. I would have liked it in a different package 🙂

    Someday you’ll feel the same way about what you’re going through and you’re already having the big aha’s you were meant to. But you’re also a living lesson to all of us watching you as you go through this.

    I’m also a better person for knowing you and I thank you for being the gift that is you.

    God bless you and Merry Christmas.

  38. K Suresh Rao

    Hello Pam,

    Want something “Out of the Box” from someone “who has been there in 2008 where you are now & currently healthy & happy playing Golf”?

    Read a book by Eckhart Tolle: “A New Earth:Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”. It is available for instant download on Amazon’s Kindle. This book acted like a magic wand, which pulled me out of the biggest crisis of my life. The C word !

    Please tell me your experience after you have gone through the book. For nearly 10 years, I have been a regular subscriber to his It will completely transform your life. Believe me, since I am telling you based on MY Personal Experience.

    Happy Holidays & a Very Healthy & Happy 2018!


  39. Jessie Schwartzburg

    Oh Pam what a lovely video. You are such an inspiration. Thanks for being you and for spreading all the goodness. I think my resolution after watching this video is to “work on being less busy” 🙂

    Lots of Love!
    – Jessie Schwartzburg

  40. Jenny Bailey

    Pam, you are an amazing person. And that quote, “busy is a choice” is so true. I’m hoping to be intentional with goal setting for 2018 and not just busy.

    Stay strong in your battle with cancer. I will be praying for you. BTW–you’re as beautiful in a beanie as you are when you have a full head of hair. Fight the good fight and win.

    Kind Regards,

  41. Barbara Zender Srb

    Hi Pam!
    I am a five year breast cancer thriver and I’m doing just great. The lashes, brows and mega thick hair are all back. But a new awareness that each woman’s breast cancer is different from another’s keeps me grounded in a very good way. We share our breast cancer journey with each other and this builds me up. Keeps me thriving!
    May I tell you that you are glowing? Keep up the terrific enthusiasm and I will keep you in my prayers. My husband will bake your Christmas cookies tomorrow!
    My best, Barbara

  42. Mary Macy

    Thank you for the gift, hmmm Busy is a decision!!! Something to think about!!! Appreciate all you do and your amazing wisdom!!!! Best wishes for an Successful Healthy 2018!!!!

  43. Patricia Dent

    Thanks Pam for your message.

    It was inspiring. I wish you lots of love and the best in your treatment and beyond. I hope you will take time to celebrate your milestones (I held an “I’m so done with chemo breakfast” with my friends and supporters (not to mention the end of radiation BBQ – a little irony there).

    I was in your shoes 4 years ago – and you are right… you will come out of this. I love that you have been able to let go… control is not a success strategy in this situation. I found success from two approaches: making up my mind that the disease wouldn’t get me, and re-orienting my life by learning to meditate and incorporating gratitude every day. Being busy wasn’t part of that – although that is how my life was before (yay that you removed that so-called badge of honour!).

    I also found that the support of friends and loved ones was vital. I’ve just received the invitation to my survivor’s session for this spring, but the truth is that I knew I was a survivor as I went through treatment – because after all we are the ones in charge of our destiny.

    To your health and happiness in 2018. (And love the hat!)

    • Pam Hendrickson

      Thanks for your post, Patricia! And I loved your comment as while the treatment is challenging, I’ve also known I’m a survivor from day 1. That doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t challenging (I’m in the chemo breakfast part now – 5 more weeks and I’m tackling it but definitely looking forward to the other side! – and then I get a little BBQ, too!), but I think it allows for a different perspective and to bring oneself to the whole experience. I have my bad moments (this past week after chemo has royally STUNK) but I’m proud of each step and of all the women who walk with, before and after me. Thanks for your post! XO Pam

  44. don evelyn

    Dear Pam,
    In the west we always tend to put our priorities around such mind sets as success and the lack there of or luck and the lack there of, we tackle life in terms of success and base it on the material.
    You are success, because you have lined all your dots up and methodically joined them to make the picture of goodness you have become. In no small measure, you always mention the support you have received from your husband and team. Its this conjunction of all tangibles that has allowed you to cover all the bases in your life that included your health and I believe based on this you were on top of your medical issues and your return to a clean sheet is your testiment to your life long creed.
    Structure and design lives on the other side of the same coin as chaios and cets la vie, its all part of the way and the domain of choice in life. You, Chris and crew have blossomed and nurtured and helped the travellers of the way, your journey is ours and we are with you. God bless and we look forward to this year with you no matter which side of the coin we trade as our currency.

    • Pam Hendrickson

      Don, thanks so much. I love the juxtaposition of thoughts in your post as I agree with them. Cancer certainly helps remind one of the true meaning of balance, humility, grace and hope and we are very grateful for all the support. I’m looking forward to being on the other side which will be very, very soon! Warm wishes to you in the New Year!

  45. Severine

    Dear Pam : I had no idea you were going through this I know what it’s like to go through tests after tests. I went through it for a few weeks back in Septembre and October for a breast tumor. Although it is a very rare type of tumor, only 135 were diagnosed back a few years back throughout the world, it turns out it is not cancerous. It just needs to be watched every 6 months to maje sure it does not evolve. I do wish you strength and courage and to continue to be surrounded by a fabulous team of support and talents to help you find your full health again. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the work you do. Metaptitudely yours, Severine

    • Pam Hendrickson

      Thanks Severine, so happy to hear that your situation was benign. I know how scary all the tests and uncertainty are. I’m almost through chemo (5 more weeks!) and we feel that this will be the end of the hardest part. So much to be grateful for in the New Year and we look forward to sharing it with you! XO Pam

      • Severine

        Thank you Pam. My very best wishes to you and your family as I know these are hard times too for the close ones. I’ll be counting the weeks with you until your last chemo. Take good care

  46. Jorge Diaz

    Thank you for sharing. This is such a positive messages. You can count on my prayers as you work through this illness. God bless.

  47. Deb Battersby

    Hi Pam,
    just want you to know what an inspiration you are and have been for me for many years now!
    Your openness and candor moves hearts and minds in a most beautiful and profound way!
    Love & gratitude!

    PS I’d like to work more closely with you this year; let’s chat.

  48. Elizabeth Harrington

    Just back from a longer than usual Xmas holiday with my family in Canada Pam and decided to do some catching up with my favorite mentor and coach-YOU! This was a powerful message that I want to keep in mind as 2018 starts to roll out. “Busy is a choice?” As one recovering Type A, high performance, “Big ,Bold, Goal Driven woman to another, that is one stop me in my tracks powerful concept isn’t it? You convey optimism, strength and I know you’re one resilient, courageous woman, so you’ve got this. With my prayers, I’ve got you, along with the love and support from Chris, your sons and the many many friends you have here in your community and around the world. Thank-you for your grace, and the HUGE value you give to so many of us on this one wild and precious journey called life. xoxoxoxox


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