Around my birthday, I take time to reflect on the past year and my life so I can make changes to make the next year better.
I spent the past year reflecting, reconnecting, and learning. I needed to step back and stop the trajectory of my life. I felt tired and broken. My restless spirit yearned for me to be and do more. I wasn’t honoring this gift of life I was given. I didn’t feel fulfilled. Something was aching inside of me to do something. It wasn’t the life I wanted to live. I needed to do something. I needed to reacquaint myself and do something.
I decided to stand still. I invested the time to reflect and learn. I forgot who I was and who I wanted to be. Too many well meaning people put their hopes and dreams on me. They were dreams that I did not want. So I looked inward. I needed time to myself so I can look at the rock that I want to sculpt and create an idea of who I am supposed to be. I needed to spend time with the stone that I wanted sculpt the person I am and who I wanted to be.
Slowly, I stripped away the layers added every moment of my life that made me feel unrecognizable to myself. I unloaded the baggage that was tossed on my shoulders. I began feeling like myself. My original dream is clearer. I remember that beautiful plan I had for myself.
I read books and attended seminars. I flooded my mind with various ideas, thoughts, and images to improve my mindset. I spent a lot of time carefully restoring parts of me that were missing. I started to take action and do the things I wanted that put it off in the past. Last summer, I started taking lessons in an activity that I’ve always wanted to do. I went on a modified solo road trip I’ve always wanted to do. I gained knowledge about myself and acquired the tools that I needed.
I embraced who I am. I learned to change my perception of things and my perspective. I began embracing who I am now and reframed the past. This is where I am supposed to be. I currently have all the tools I need to be successful at this moment in my life. All I have to do now is focus energy and prioritize to create and build momentum so things can grow automatically.
There isn’t much I want to change. I wish I filled my time with more life than squandering it into the abyss. I wished I had the courage and confidence to go after what I want and need. I’m still a work in progress. It was a great year. I did more last year than previous years to live an amazing life. I walked up to the edge of my comfort zone and looked over to see what’s on the other side. I want to push against the borders of my comfort zone and expand it.
Although I want to travel more, I’ve decided to stay closer to the Chicagoland to focus on a few amazing things that will improve my life. I learned a lot in the past year. This is the year to build a strong foundation for an amazing and beautiful life.
There are three goals I want to focus on this year.
- Build a body for a lifetime of love, service, and adventure.
- Increase my income by creating a business around my interests and skills.
- Share what I’ve learned to my friends and family so they can craft a beautiful life.
I am focusing on my physical health because I want be more physically capable to do more. Addressing my health enables me to control some of the variables that affect the length of my life. There are things out of my control but there are things in my life I can do to prevent early death. I’ll feel better and think clearer. I can do and achieve more in less time. I am very sensitive to how little time we have. We have to make the most of it and use it well.
Certain dreams require certain resources and I need to increase my income to achieve some of my goals. Money can’t buy many things but I does open up opportunities and options. It’s just another tool to use as long as I respect it and treat it as just a tool. I have many options to increase my income.
Finally, I want my friends, family, and people I reach to be successful and happy. Life’s too short to be miserable. Happiness and success is infectious. I want more of that around me.
Taking the time to reflect, reconnect, and learn about myself transformed my life. I learned so much about myself that I’m ready to build an amazingly beautiful life. Sometimes we need to pause so we make large strides.