Bring on 2010!
I don’t know about you but I am welcoming in the new year like no other.
For me, the economy has been a major fear factor I have not experienced, and like my dad says “fear is the greatest motivator.” My husband and I started our own business in 2008, and 2009 was rocky as hell. Fingers crossed people start spending this year — my hopes are high!
On to the resolutions!
Nothing is out-of-bounds here, so no slamming those who post the are “dieting” or looking to “lose weight.” To each her own ok gang?
For years my resolution was to not be late, a habit that kicked in after having kids. I was always one of these people who was early or on time to the minute. As the years ticked on, I started making excuses for myself, justifying that it was ok to be 10 minutes late, then 15, then what the hell make it a half hour. Until one day, I caught Dr. Phil reaming out this woman, and stating “Your time is more important than everyone elses? Do you know how arrogant that is?” Whoa…never saw it that way, that knocked me way back a few notches for sure.
So, I’ve pretty much conquered my lateness (with a few slip ups here and there). What to do this year?
I wouldn’t think these words would ever come out of my mouth, but I’m going to say “to believe in myself.” (yes, even mamaV, the rash-in-your-face chick that is usually no-holds-barred loses her confidence once in a while). This is a new feeling for me, one I believe stemmed from getting fired a few years ago. The firing was due to my unwillingness to sacrifice my integrity, the event is something I am quite proud of today (especially since I kicked the company’s ass in the aftermath), but yet this little insecurity still tap-tap-taps me on the shoulder more often than not as I venture out on my own running my own business (ironically this event is what pushed me to finally have the guts do go out on my own — everything happens for a reason you know?)
Another aspect of my life that put my confidence on the rocks was this blog.
It sure hasn’t been easy. Out of the gates I put myself right out there, and I got hammered into the sand. This was something I wasn’t expecting or prepared for whatsoever. This reaction made me question my words, something again that I am not at all used to, and the feeling was not a good one — but perhaps something I needed to experience.
What did I learn from this? I learned that at times I could be softer, gentler, kinder….and for that I am grateful to have gotten kicked in the face. But I also learned that I say what I mean, and that I am a leader who helps others say what they want to say when they don’t have the guts to do it themselves. This is a quality within my self I have always been proud of, now I am going to work at doing this in different way since I have already learned the softer, gentler approach can be more effective (no promises though — the crazy beast will likely rear its head from time to time!! 🙂
So thats it — I am going to get my mojo back. I want to be solid as a rock as I used to be.
How about you ladies? I hope you are looking deep this year, beyond the surface, and into your psyche to pick a trait that will really help you in the long run. Pick something that will be hard as hell to master. Challenge yourself. When we talk in 2011, you’ll be standing taller for it ( and if this “trait” happens to be getting control of your eating habits or finding discipline in your workout routine — good for you, you’ll find no judgments here!)
Finally, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart – thank you. This site means the world to me, and I hope it helps put meaning into your life as well.
Onward and upward to 2010!
PS If your resolution happens to be to give to others, consider donating to our fund drive for the National Eating Disorder Association. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated! Donations have been super slow this year, which is totally understandable with the economy, but if we all throw in $5-10 bucks we can make our goal of $500! THANK YOU!