It’s the year’s end, which means it’s time for me to look back and see if I did everything I set out to do 365 days ago. Why make you wade through a profound reflection when you’re probably chomping to get to the meat of the matter? It’s time to dust off the resolution list and see what can be checked off.
1. Write a great book.
Ugh, let’s start with the proverbial kick in the balls. It was a rough road for my writing career. 2013 left me a little more mentally hurt than I thought and my imagination took the brunt of it. I wrote a few words here and there, but I was no where near a book.
2015 looks better for this. I’ve done some soul cleansing and mind stimulation through meeting people, reading again, and surrounding myself with artists (in concert, of course.) These things have given me new life in this realm and I’m re-committing in the new year to meet this goal.
2. Take a picture every day for the year.
Check! That’s right, I did it. Some days it was hard to pick the best photo. Capturing the blue waters in Mexico, the energy surrounding The Airborne Toxic Event, the excitement from meeting Fitz and the Tantrums, the awe in the Chicago skyline, and any other incredible memories I had this year was more difficult than I thought.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, there were some days where I was desperate for a photo at eleven o’clock at night. Usually it involved me waking up one of my kids for a portrait or capturing the first thing to grab my attention in my living room. I was also challenged in uploading the picture each day. Some days I took the photo and forgot to post it. Not to mention my difficulty in keeping on the correct day number count.
I’m pretty darn proud of the fact I stayed with it all year. Who knew I could have that kind of attention span? I also have 365 incredible memories documented in pictures on Instagram to show I had a pretty good time. Feel free to live through my year again. I know I will.
3. Break through doubt.
It was an interesting experiment to have a blog post around doubt on the 5th of each month. I think we all know I struggled meeting my deadline to have it up on the blog by the 5th. What’s new? Sometimes inspiration doesn’t come on a timeline. Looking back, I’m glad I did it. It made me re-think through some things I took for granted about myself.
It started out with what I thought it would be. Stories from other people guiding us with ways they overcame their doubts. In a few months it evolved into something where I looked internally. I tried new challenges to prove to myself I have to take a step to start a journey. I faced the harsh reality about still having a broken heart from my personal tragedy and I evaluated the importance of being brave with love, even when it hurts. The feature became so much more than I thought it would.
I may still have doubts in my writing adventures, but there’s less insecurity about being fearful to try. Because I came to realize confidence is all a state of mind. And it’s worth fighting through the fear to get to the place you’ve always wanted to go.
4. Send a cookie to The Airborne Toxic Event.
Done! Twice! Actually there was no need to send. I chose to hand deliver. I didn’t get the personal request I think I may have been looking for originally. Although I did get an Instagram shout out from Anna Bulbrook regarding liking the IO the dog cookies. Oh, what does this happen to be right below?
This put renewed wind in my sails and I fired up the oven for their Fall tour. In San Francisco I delivered a package to Ms. Bulbrook’s hotel. (Don’t be freaked out. I was staying there too.) From San Francisco, I focused on making another set for Hoogie from the support crew and those were delivered in Seattle. Both sets garnered thank yous and checked off this resolution as completed.
5. Host a Delish open house.
The lessoned I learned about making a resolution around a business I have with a partner is get the sign off from your partner before you start making resolutions. Bestie was horrified when she heard my plan last January. I might have been a little over-excited in my resolution and needed a bit of grounded reality.
However, Delish did have forward progress and we’re happy with the strides we’ve taken. We hope to have even more success in 2015. I’ve learned it might be smarter to keep my resolutions to my personal goals versus business ones.
There you have it. My year completed. This list doesn’t take into consideration all the additional awesome happenings that didn’t have resolutions around them. You might get the drift if you check out the Instagram pics for the year. 2014 kicked ass and in 2015 I plan on taking some more names. Those resolutions are coming up soon…