As I sit here the house is quiet except for the sound of the refrigerator motor humming. I love mornings like this. The quiet calm before the house awakens with immediate energy.
I am happy to finally have a chance to quietly reflect on my personal accomplishments from 2015:
- The birth of Soul-Positive
- Creating the #taggedbykindness Project
- The discovery of a new creative outlet through mixed media art
- Experiencing new artistic techniques
- Welcoming vulnerability through open sharing of my creative endeavors
- Embracing new adventures
- Choosing positive self acceptance on a more regular basis
- Letting go of perfection and embracing imperfection
Along with accomplishments comes the acknowledgment of tasks left undone. In order to continue moving forward and keeping the momentum of personal growth – I looked at these tasks and reflected also on why they are still on my to do list:
- Regular blog posts (missed this mark big time)
- Setting up an Etsy shop
- More physical activity
- Completing prompts and online classes in a timely manner if at all
- Reading more books
- Controlling every situation (will always be a work in progress)
I know now after careful reflection that I need to work on my time management skills. I need to refine my skills in the area of clarifying goals. I need to confront fear head on and ask myself “what are you so afraid of?” And most importantly I need to give myself permission to fail and then dust myself off and rise again.
I’m looking forward to 2016. The start of a new year gives me the kick in the pants I need to set new goals and put a plan of action into place.
As many of you know I have been a part of the One Little Word (OLW) Community for a few years now. OLW is a year long monthly prompt driven workshop created by Ali Edwards. You can learn more about this project here.
In 2015 my word was “Momentum”. This was a wonderful choice and it really gave me a positive outlook into what I wanted to accomplish this past year.
For 2016 I have chosen the word “Step”. I am looking forward to the many aspects of what “step” has in store for me. My goal is to step up when faced with hard truths and tough decisions. Step up to more self acceptance and self care. Step back from relationships that do not enhance my own personal growth. Step back and listen instead of always needing to be heard. Step out physically for walks, hikes, kayaking and bicycling to clear my mind, bring me inner peace and bring me back to center.
I hope you take a moment before the stroke of midnight and pat yourself on the back for showing up in 2015, fighting the hard fights and embracing all the good and even some of the ugly. Thank you for being a part of my journey this year. Wishing you all the very best that 2016 has to offer and more!