As the year is winding down, hopefully you’ll have some time to rest, reflect and set some intentions for 2018. For me, amidst client deadlines, school events, holiday baking, traveling, and holiday decorating, I actually plan times where I relax [perhaps a bit too Type A?].
It’s About Working with intention
I spent a little time midweek this week to reflect on the things I did to bolster ME and make my biz feel more soulful. Here are 17 [too much? Never too many things to celebrate and be grateful for!] that made 2017 feel more purposeful. My hope is that these acts of deliberate self care; acts of caring for others; efforts to have impact in my work; choices to work so that my biz and my family were in harmony inspire you to reflect a bit on your year too in order to set intentions for 2018.
1. I sent these socks to a friend wrestling with a big biz decision. #carpediem
2. I completed one Whole30. I was tired of fueling my body with food that didn’t leave me feeling vibrant. I wasn’t sure I’d survive the NO WINE AND CREAM IN MY COFFEE bit. But I did. And guess what? A better fueled me led to more business. Hmm…coincidence? I think not. And I really enjoyed my first glass of Pinot after the 30 days were done. The entire family enjoyed this Whole30-friendly Shepherd’s Pie.
3. I bought a new car and then drove it cross-country on a SOLO roadtrip. WI, MN, IA, NE, CO, NV, CA in June. There is nothing quite as therapeutic as driving with the tunes loud and the windows open. Am I right?!? I had two breakthrough ideas during the trip that brought in 2 new clients.
4. I spent 20% of my working time doing work to benefit a cause. I was thrilled to support 15 different causes and organizations with cash donations, my time, and by providing my expertise to solve a challenge for them. I’ll be writing about the impact of these efforts here in the blog 2018.
5. I spent more time reading. I love books! I devoured this one in 2 days. Never easy with the family schedule. Personally, I’m planning more time to chill and do some reading in 2018. Books are like trusted friends, guides and companions, and I’m looking forward to spending time with them over the holidays and beyond. Next up on my stack of ‘TO READ’ books is this one. I expect Achor’s take will be that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other. #bookbliss
6. I went to shows and viewed art more often. I even tried my hand at painting and art journaling.
7. I’m wearing this scarf nearly every chance I get. It’s like being wrapped in a soft hug. The ShedQuarters is chilly in the monring and it would be easy to use that temp as an excuse not to head out to the office early. This scarf makes it so cozy. The moral of this story: Plan for your own resistance and do what it takes to overcome your own natural inertia.
8. I learned from new mentors and stopped paying for programs. Sounds odd, I know, when part of the way I earn a living is teaching people through various learning programs, right?!? But I mostly got tired of the marketing hype that constantly left me feeling inadequate, flawed, or broken or that promised a miracle remedy to my challenges. Most often, I learn I already know the remedy and when I apply it with consistency, it shifts.
9. I left my house more messy and I cleaned up my body care.
10. I drank a green smoothie every day for 30 days. I relied on this and this for the inspiration and recipes to keep it interesting. Our current fave [now that the oranges are ripe in the backyard] Blend 2 oranges (peeled), 1 banana, 1 cup pineapple, 4 cups spinach and some coconut water. Sometimes we add a little avocado or hemp seeds or protein powder but this basic formula is a vitamin-packed winner every time.
11. I drank wine with friends and laughed until my sides hurt. #wineclubsarebetterwithfriends
12. I made it my goal to spend extra time talking with and helping an elderly neighbor lady. We threw her an impromptu birthday party. I’d invite her along when I walked the dog. She used to tell us how she hated the holidays since her husband died a few years ago. We brought her a wreath for her door and invited her to a community holiday event with us. This year she put up a Christmas tree and is making holiday plans. It warms my heart to see her looking toward the holidays with some happiness.
13. I learned to love and lean on my besties in deeper ways. #shoutouttomygirlgang
14. I retaught myself how to make bread. This is the most amazing loaf I made this year. My newest hidden talent is making a.maz.ing naan [if I do say so myself]. I make a modified version of this recipe. It is amazing. And simple.
16. I totally missed the mark on 2 big biz goals. You might wonder why a biz strategist is bragging about missing goals. But that’s the thing. I’m transparent. I set ambitious goals and sometimes I miss. And I learn + grow in the process. We don’t set goals to achieve them. We set goals to change our behaviors that prevent us from being as we want to be.
17. I persisted, even when I didn’t quite know what needed to happen next. And I read my daughter this story at the library nearly every week for a while. More for me than her. And that led us to reading all kinds of books about ordinary women [and men] who created powerful change. We loved this series of books by Brad Meltzer. One even inspired our oldest to be Amelia Earhart for her school’s Wax Museum. #girlpower #ordinarypeopledoextraordinarythings
So with that, lovely, I’m sincerely sending you wishes for peace and connection and joy as 2017 ends!