Are you big on New Years Resolutions? Generally, I am not. Although the last time I made one was in 2009 and I was successful. So, who knows–perhaps putting pen to paper actually helped to keep me accountable and focused.
2012 was not the best of years. I lost my mom in September and I think I sortof fell into a funk after that. 2013 was a beautiful year but probably could have been better–my funk seemed to float over me. Here are the highlights (good and bad), we went to DisneyLand and my Dad joined us. We explored Newport in the process. We spent 5 weeks over the summer in Australia and had a fantastic time with family…..so much so that we came home exhausted. A week later, my husband’s father passed and he headed back to Australia. I launched my re-designed website and blog and my new retail website after a miserable experience with my web-designers and a last minute switch to a team I now LOVE. Maddie started Kindergarten, so Harry and I now have more time together.
I spent about triple the amount on the websites that I had originally budgeted…..but ended the year with a profit nonetheless. Very encouraging.
September allowed for a sans kids trip to Palm Beach which was perfect and Thanksgiving was spent up in the mountains of NC. My husband turned 50 in November and his firm has a mandatory retirement at 60. It’s got us laser focused on college funds, budgeting and figuring out what the next chapter will be. We’ve looked at vacation property with a realtor–dreaming of what life will look like as our kids grow older and where we want to build our family memories.
Harry and I got the flu the week before Christmas…terrible timing. But, we were on the mend in time for my Dad and sister to arrive for a quick Christmas visit. We had a low key week, really missing my husband’s boys who stayed in Australia to be with their mother who lost her father to cancer late in the year.
We have spent the week between Christmas and New Years on a family staycation and I think Chris and I are both rested to the point where we are ready to get back into the swing of things in the new year!
So, this leads me to my goals!
I’ve set just a few personal and professional goals.
My personal goal is simple. I’ve gained 20 pounds since we moved to Dallas. It’s that funk I referred to….and I obviously need to embrace a new coping mechanism–when I am stressed or sad. Feeling not your personal best is hard enough. In Dallas, and specifically where we live in Dallas…..it is easy to get down on yourself. Everyone works out, lives in spandex and invests heavily in their appearance. I just want to be HEALTHY and a GOOD EXAMPLE for my family.
So, my goal is to cook more and exercise regularly. Just before the holidays I joined a Spin Studio that I’ve been wanting to try but too nervous to walk into. It was FUN and I felt so good after the class. I’ll be there a lot more this year. My big Christmas present was a new beach cruiser. I haven’t been on an actual bike for years and it is FUN to ride now that I’ve got the hang of it. I am going to add Yoga or Pilates to my plan as I start to feel a bit more comfortable. All stuff I’ve enjoyed in the past.
Professionally, the key for me is to focus on what matters more. Until recently, I’d get so bogged down in details I couldn’t see the big picture. I want to continue to draw on resources available to me so I can focus on the aspects of my business where I can make the biggest impact. Better delegation and perhaps hiring are in the plan.
Better definition of work and family life is also a major goal. This means that getting my office space finished and leaving the computer out there at the end of work. I quit a job I loved when Maddie was born so that I could focus on family. This needs to remain my priority while nurturing the business that is now another love and has grown beyond my humble expectations when I started it in 2009…
So, here you have it in a nutshell.
1) Get Healthy (eat better and exercise more)
2) Focus on what matters on the business and let the rest go.
3) Learn to delegate better and keep work and family time more separated.
I love the feeling of a fresh start and this year, I plan to embrace it.
I am hopeful that putting it in print will help keep me accountable.
What about you?
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