The end of the year is a time for reflection and celebration. The end is also the beginning. Looking back can help create momentum for the year to come. This is one of my favorite times of the year because I can see where I was, where I wanted to be and the path I chose to forge.
When I look back on 2015, I see a lot of learning, letting go and growth. The year began with trying to figure out how to create a website and training for a race. I worked out my brain and my body as I was determined to complete both tasks. What I learned was that with focus and dedication, I can stretch my mind and body to do things I once thought was impossible.
The key to accomplishing these goals was through setting intentions. Every year, I look at where I would like to grow in several areas including: health, education, fitness, spiritually, relationships, career and creativity. I write down my intentions for the year and some action steps that I will need to take to achieve my goals.
After I have a clear picture of what I want to achieve, I meet with an accountability partner. I have had a friend, colleague and a coach as my accountability partners in the past. I let them know my goals and what I plan on doing to achieve them. They check in monthly to encourage and hold me accountable. During my monthly meetings, I revisit my intentional goals and make adjustments as needed. Accountability has proven to be important to successfully achieving desired results.
As I reflect on 2015, I want to celebrate these things:
- Running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler with my super amazing running goddess friends
- Learning to build a website and ditching the phrase “I don’t do tech”
- Climbing Camel Back Mountain in the early morning before the heat took over
- Taking time to explore more of America (road trips to Spring Training, Washington and Cape May, visiting friends in Chicago and Florida, boating adventure to Catalina Island and weekends in the woods)
- Creating and facilitating Intuitive Painting Workshops
- Signing on with The Muse as a career mentor
- Learning to let go of relationships that no longer serve me and healing with love and grace
- Failing forward with business and creative pursuits and learning valuable lessons each time
- Seeing 2 of my favorite influencers (Elizabeth Gilbert and Lewis Howes) speak and getting books signed
- Successful birthday fundraising campaign with Charity:Water
- Meeting amazing people who have enriched my life and brought many smiles to my face and heart
This was a year of living intentionally with love, peace, freedom and compassion. I planted the seeds of vulnerability and reaped the fruits of bravery and resilience.
When you reflect on 2015, what are you going to celebrate?