At this time of year I, like most others, begin to reflect on what I did and didn’t do over the past 12 months. I start to separate the “good” from the “bad” in my head as I give myself my yearly review. I stopped making (and breaking) News Years Resolutions a long time ago, even though in the back of my mind I make “quiet lists” or goals, if you will. I evaluate how I performed over the past year. How did I do? Did I help anyone? Did I reach my goals from a year ago? And this, my friends, is how I find my strength and direction.
I’ve had so many people over the years ask me, “How are you so strong?” or “How did you make it here?” Answer: I make goals. I have yearly weekly, monthly, yearly, and life long goal lists. The life goal list is the fun one which includes my favorite bullet point: a ranch in the wild, among other wishes and dreams (3 horses, kids, visit Africa). I know one day they will come true. I don’t always reach every goal I set, or else I would really be Wonder Woman, but I like having things to strive towards. It’s the most rewarding feeling when I do reach them though, and I hold onto that until I reach the next one.
photo by Craig Beckman
2011 was a big year for transformation, change, and reflection. The people I have met this year have changed me for life. 2011 really picked up around mid year when I was invited to attend The Summit Series at Sea, with 1000 other entrepreneurs. The 4 day adventure was beyond eye-opening. I had never been surrounded by people who live to reach goals, just like me. They have dreams that other people might think are impossible, but they are willing to try it out, and in most cases prove them wrong. If we fail, we learn and try again. My life was forever changed after that.
After Summit, many doors began to open. I had freelance projects coming in left and right, in addition to happy hours to attend, emails to respond to, meetings to run to, new friends to get to know, old friends to keep up with and so on. It was busy. Busy good though. There’s so many people doing so many amazing things. Just as hard as I worked this year with Nut-rients, I can see all these amazing people doing some astonishing things. As I look forward, I’m excited to figure out a new mission. I dream of helping young women one day. I want to help them understand their strength, their options, and find their happiness Too many women are in pain in America and I’d love to help them see things in a different light. I’ve been there, and I’ll never forget. I hope to use my own story to help others. This is one of my goals for 2012.
I began to open up first this year, with the help of fellow Summit Series companion and dear friend, MeiMei Fox. I opened up for the first time to MeiMei after she asked to feature me in an article for the Huffington Post. It was quite the honor. It was also quite difficult as MeiMei helped me for the first time, tell the world about the skeletons in my closet. I have had quite the journey to get where I am today, but like I mentioned before I owe it all to my strength to want to achieve goals. I will forever be grateful for MeiMei’s muscle to encourage me to publish the story, for her wanting to write it and for her warmth and sincereness while I told her my story.
Around that time I decided to leave my job at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. I am forever grateful of the amazing time I spent there. For over three and a half years I poured my heart into that agency. I love the people that work there, the smart creative work they produce, and of course having had the chance to work and get to know Jeff Goodby himself. It was an honor. Leaving GSP was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had a to make in a long time. I knew though, I wanted something different. I want to grow. So I took the job as a Creative Technologist at a smaller agency called Pereira O’Dell. I couldn’t be happier with my new position. I have that list of goals in my back pocket, but this time the goals aren’t just about me; they’re about the agency too.
I’m feel so lucky to have the people in my life that I do. My fiancĂ©, best friends, and my family and acquaintances. My co-workers, new and old – you have stuck by me, and as they know they mean the world to me. There’s no point to doing this “life” thing if there’s no one there to enjoy it with us. I know I need to take time from my busy days and remember this. We all should.
Like wishes, you shouldn’t talk about your goals, until they come true. Just know that 2012 is exciting to me. I turn 30 in 2012, and with 30 comes a whole new set of dreams and goals.
I can’t wait.
Thank you for being you. You have in one way or another made me smile this year and I love you for that.
Here’s to another great year – cheers.
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