I hope you had a lovely weekend. My greatest accomplishment over the past two days was finally getting the house decorated for the holidays. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….
Last night I had a chance to chat on Google Hangout with three of my good friends and we got on the topic of reflection. The winter season always feels like a great time for personal reflection as one year draws to a close and another begins. It got me thinking about my own year and all of the ups and downs of 2013. I think it’s always so important for us to celebrate our highs, even after the fact, so I took a moment to come up with my top five accomplishments of 2013.
A few of my finer moments:
- Making the decision to quit my job , figure out what the heck I wanted to do with my life and start working toward making it a reality.
- Taking on and finishing my first (huge) freelance writing project.
Reflecting on the things I’m most proud of from the past year, I noticed that they all have two things in common: they all required courage and challenged me to grow as a person. Walking away from my job obviously took a ton of courage. I knew I had to get out of a situation that was draining me on a daily basis, but I really had no clue what I wanted to do at the time. I can remember feeling so excited by all of the freedom and possibility, yet also being terrified of failing and not knowing what was waiting for me on the other side. Then, when I finally scored a writing project after months of trying without any leads, I was thrilled beyond belief. In the end, everything went well and it was a great learning experience, but there were also days when I worried about meeting deadlines and being able to produce quality work and many times when I felt like I was in way over my head.
San Francisco was the first big race I’ve run totally by myself – which may not seem like a huge deal to some people but for me it was a little intimidating. Still, running through the hills and fog of San Francisco, not knowing what was around the bend was exhilarating. And, while didn’t break my goal of running in under 2 hours (I came so close), I know I tackled every hill to the best of my ability. At first glance, it wouldn’t seem that volunteering at a children’s hospital would take a lot of courage either, but to be totally honest, kids do kind of scare me a little. For starters, they’re just really small, and I don’t always feel like I know what to say around them or how to relate. I’ve only worked two volunteer shifts so far and, not only has it been an extremely rewarding experience, but I can already tell I’m being forced outside of my comfort zone in some incredible ways.
Giving away free coaching calls was a huge moment for me in 2013. (And also super scary!) I’m still working my way through all of them, but every single one has been amazing so far. Helping other people discover their true potential positively lights me up.
Some of the greatest moments in our lives come when we challenge ourselves to overcome our fears. When we step outside what’s comfortable. When we stretch and grow and allow ourselves to realize that we are capable beyond our imagination.
So, tell me friends – what were your top achievements of 2013? What did you learn about yourself? What are you most proud of?
I’m off to spend the rest of the night in front of the DVR sipping on some candy cane green tea and writing Christmas cards. I found these cute little Santa ones at Barnes and Noble.