You know what I have a hard time doing? Staying in the moment. Really sitting still and enjoying the experience that is happening around me. My mind swirls with ideas for blog posts, worries about unanswered emails, and fixates on something that doesn’t matter at that moment…so I made sure to set this month’s intention as a personal challenge to myself: Grow brave by reflection.
First off: I hated doing “reflections” in grad school at the end of lectures or in response to a theory. Hated it. It’s over and done with, can’t I take a quick multiple choice quiz about it instead? Don’t worry, I learned the value of reflecting and taking time to slow down and think about what is happening around me (or what happened around me a short time ago) instead always focusing on what’s next. It’s December, so I figure it’s a good time to take inventory on the year and celebrate our little and big victories, forgive things we let slip or the mistakes we made…and we’ll hold off on making plans until next month.
Reflecting on the year really goes along with last month’s email about forgiving ourselves and creating what one subscriber called her “hell yeah!” list. I’m inviting you to create your own “hell yeah!” list this month…and a “lesson learned” list, if you feel inclined to reflect on things that didn’t go so well this year. I’ll be adding things like waiting until the last minute to create 6 Lego-minifig Halloween costumes to that list!
Why last month’s exercise had me thinking it would be good for this month: Kristinresponded to the email with: “It’s amazing how many of these things I forgot. And how many didn’t seem like huge deals at the time, but I look back and go “Wow. Go me”. Even something as simple as putting oil in my car.”
Some of the things other readers said they accomplished this year:
· I traveled to NYC by myself.
· Learning to “leg go”
· Completing a 5K
· I realized I’m good at things other than what I’m doing right now
What is one thing you discovered about yourself this year?
What is one thing you would like to try next year?
If you aren’t sure how to answer that, let’s take a look at what we chatted about this year:
· Set brave goals
· Be brave enough
· Make brave plans
· Make a brave choice
· Take a brave step
· Make a brave attempt
· Honor a brave decision
· Make a brave push
· Reach for brave limits
· Go to brave heights
· Be brave enough to forgive
If any of those emails really spoke to you, take a second to think about why you feel that way. Was it because it arrived in your mailbox at the exact moment you really needed it? Were you making big choices this year and taking leaps of faith? Consider those goals and choices you made…they probably had a big impact on your year. Let’s add these things to our knowledge bank and prepare to move forward into 2014 a little wiser, a little taller, and a little more confident in ourselves. Hit reply and lay it on me…what are you adding to your list(s) and what plans you have for the rest of the month.
My OLW for 2014
I think Brave will always be a big part of my life, to be honest, but thinking back to my 2012 word (Focus) I think I need a word that is about action and following through with things. Thanks to Megan of The Nerd Nest for the idea, my 2014 One Little Word is FINISH. I’ll continue to post about ‘brave’ things, but you will also see some posts about the new word – It’ll work, I promise.
I love to brainstorm, plan, and start projects, but sometimes (most of the time) I don’t actually follow through and finish things. I’ll be working throughout 2014 to keep things simple blog/business-wise, creatively, and in my personal life so I am more likely to finish what I start. That means that damn quilt will finally be finished this year, I’ll finish some resources I have planned for the monthly email subscribers, and things like that. I’ll be doing Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop again this year, more to keep my word at the front of my mind than for the monthly activities, and I have the feeling some Campfire Chic readers will be playing along, too.
So here’s a big thank you to BRAVE and a warm welcome to FINISH.
Do you have a “One Little Word” for 2014?