My year of ME
Updated: Aug 25, 2019
My friend Hilary Green, otherwise known as @inhilshead was one of the women that attended my Career Women Moving Mountains Workshops in 2017. And I am so pleased she did, because one of her passions is writing, and from what I can see, the workshops have helped her move just a little closer to pursuing that passion.
Hilary has agreed to write a few guest blogs for me in 2018, here's her first! If you enjoy this one, then pleas head over to her various social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook and give her a follow, a like and a comment.
My year of me
New year’s resolutions are so 90’s, don’t you think? In this age of TED talks and enlightenment, we’re all about setting intentions - choosing a word for a year, a theme. It is so much gentler than swearing off chocolate, or swearing off swearing, for that matter. And more productive too.
This will be the third year in a row that I’ve chosen a word for the year. I can’t for the life of me remember my word for 2015. I had to go back and check my blog archives for 2016’s word.
This year is a bit different. This year, my word is ME. A reminder to put myself first in all aspects, so that I can be so much more to those around me. I don't think I will have to go back into my blog archives to remember my word.
Why? - I hear you ask
Late last year, I took some “ME time” to attend Briony Liber’s “Career Women Moving Mountains” workshops. The information that Briony shared with us and the collective wisdom of the women attending the workshops with me, was invaluable for my career growth. There is something so magical about a group of women getting together to share.
My highlight was the final session. We took a little time to explore some tough questions about our experiences in 2017 and our expectations for the year ahead. Then the fun began.
Sitting around a vast table covered in magazines, washi tape, coloured pens and glue and other beautiful creative tools, we began to create a vision for 2018.
Using ME as my inspiration, I searched for images that illustrated what putting ME first meant. Things like making time and space for myself for the things that make me happy, getting on top of my budget, looking after my health, celebrating all victories - big and small, and a reminder to remain hopeful and optimistic.
My vision board is now hanging inside my wardrobe, catching my eye as I search for something to wear each morning. It’s a daily reminder to focus on ME.
I am also trying to turn the intention into action by setting myself a little resolution for each day as suggested by Rich Mulholland. In essence, instead of grand resolutions, he suggests that we set a few good intentions. Then we think about what actions we need to take to make those intentions a reality. And each day, set a little goals for something that you can do to realise the intention. And if you’re doing this 4 out of 7 days in a week, you’re winning.
Little goals, tiny steps and an awesome year.
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