As I’ve taken this last year to get more serious about taking control of my life and live by design, I have been surrounded by a team that is doing the same, and this week there has been a lot of talk about reviewing 2014 and looking forward to 2015.
Our team leader has challenged us to think through what is one word that we could focus our intention and decision making on for 2015.
If I were to give 2014 a word in retrospect I would give it the word “Genesis”. I feel like my life had a dawning of new life and new hope in 2014. I learned that I am NEVER stuck, and my mind was opened to the possiblity of flying higher than I ever thought I could. It was a year of new life and energy and strength for my physically and new life was breathed into me by my team and relationships.
However, having a new baby, starting a new business and having my husband in his last year of grad school also meant that this year was very chaotic. I feel like in 2014 I was given a new view of the world and a giant toolbox to do ANYTHING that I set my mind to. So, as I began to think of a word for 2015, “architect” kept coming to me. I wanted to take all that I’ve learned, and all the tools that I’ve received and start REALLY designing the life that I want for me and my family.
I wanted to be precise, I wanted to be deliberate, and so I settled on the word:
Calculated is NOT something that I am naturally. I almost didn’t choose this word for myself because it is SO far outside of who I am. I am free spirited, impulsive, spontaneous, say yes to everything, shift plans and make it work. One of my strengths is to be able to improvise and usually things work out, but because of that I have relied on that strength TOO much and my planning and strategizing muscle is very weak.
As my dreams grow I have realized that the bigger my dreams the more important it is for me to be calculated. To craft a plan with a destination in mind and stick to it – every day.
I am excited for this year. I am excited to approach each day and task with laser-like precision and then, when the day is crazy with the kids or unexpected obstacles pop up, to let my ‘make-a-plan-on-the-fly’ abilities kick in!
I hope that you are able to take some time at the end of this year to also take stock of what you accomplished and what 2014 was like for you. Whether it was a good year, or a year of confusion and difficulty, there is a lesson in every experience, and I can honestly say, if it weren’t for the deep darkness that I was in at the end of 2013, I know that 2014 would never had taken on the new life and opened up with the amazing opportunities it did in 2014.
Never be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, boldly decide what you want for your life, and be willing to work for it. You’re going to have to work hard regardless, might as well choose what you are going to work for – amiright?
Let’s make 2015 FABULOUS!