Out with the old, in with the New Year

Out with the old, in with the New Year

If I had made a resolution to stop procrastinating, I would have already failed! I can’t believe it’s 2018 already. My plan was to do this yesterday, or the day before, but….life got in the way.

Last year for the first time I joined millions of others who were looking for something more sustainable than New Year’s Resolutions – a word that would guide and encourage throughout the year. Last year my word was ABUNDANCE , and I feel that really sums up my year. It was a year of an abundance of change and personal and business growth.

Now I am ready to continue that momentum but with an increased FOCUS (my word for 2018) so that my time and energy are invested in the best possible ways. This word applies to every area of my life! If you know me well, you know that focus is always a bit of an issue for me.  I have a lot of wonderful things going on in my life right now, which if I’m not careful will lead to a lot of dropped balls, frustrated friends, family members, and customers, and a stressed out me.  I feel that I can do everything that I have planned as long as I take a few minutes daily, weekly, and monthly to plan my days and reassess my priorities.  Easier said than done, but that is my plan.  To plan.

There are a lot of things that could have gone better in 2017, but overall it was a pretty amazing year!  I wish I was better about journaling and tracking things, but here’s what I can remember:

  • I left my job of 11 and a half years that was a HUGE part of my identity (I didn’t realize how much so until months later)
  • I quit smoking in Feb. (I had quit traditional cigarettes after 20+ years 3 years prior, but switched to an e-cig – I’ve been nicotine free for almost a year now)
  • I went on a trip to Florida with my best friend and her son and my sons.  This wouldn’t be a big deal except:
    • we aren’t the type of families that travel with other families
    • we stayed with friends of ours and we’re not the type of family that stays with other families (of course it was wonderful – read more here)
  • I started this blog, knowing nothing, kind of on a whim.  I haven’t been consistent but still love what it has done for me so far. I’m looking forward to developing it more.
  • I started 4 very part-time jobs, and left 3 of them quickly when I realized that they weren’t for me.
  • I added quite a few new customers and new teammates to my team
  • I took the plunge and bought a 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent as a part of a band fundraiser – this sidenote brought to you by my laundry break a minute ago (maybe not a big accomplishment, but it was $45, works great, and I still have more than 1/3 of it left – I bought it in May! – $45 for the year??? awesome!)
  • I signed up for (and actually took most of – here’s the focus part again) an online iPhone photography course. I need to get back to that – I love pics.
  • I started walking regularly and even ran a little.  And then I quit.  But the fact that I did it lets me know that I can, and I just need to get back to it.
  • I made positive changes in my eating habits:
    • increased water
    • decreased soda
    • lots of veggies
    • focus on REAL food
    • cooking at home
    • more vegetarian meals (My son has been a vegetarian since February and it’s easier to cook one meal.  It’s the same as when I went gluten free 5 years ago; as a family we don’t eat much gluten because I cook GF.)
    • I am taking a course on soups that has been great
    • adding in fermented foods
  • I took a nutritional coaching course and am starting a nurse coaching program this month! It will be the perfect way to combine my nursing experience with my life experience and help others achieve their goals.
  • I joined two networking groups and the Chamber of Commerce.  All of this was WAY outside of my comfort zone and has been one of the best things about this year. I have new customers as a result of it, but even more importantly I have new friends, some that I feel like I could really count on if needed.
  • I have become more involved in my church – joining a small group and exploring other opportunities in addition to serving in the nursery
  • I have strengthened my relationship with God
  • I’ve had more time to spend with my kids and husband
  • My husband was able to transfer to another department locally, meaning we don’t have to move and uproot our family before they are done with high school
  • I went on my first mission trip, which was also my first trip to NYC.  With 3 men from my church that I didn’t really know.  And it was amazing!!!!! Read more here.

I am ready to make 2018 even better.  I’d love it if you’d share a highlight from 2017 and your word for 2018 below.  Let’s encourage and support each other!

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