I stumbled upon this article on one of my favorite websites, MindBodyGreen, and knew I had to do it. This has been a huge year for me. From emotionally trying situations to very rewarding ones. I have learned a lot about what to do, what to avoid and where I want to go in life. So here is a peek into how my year went and how I plan to kick ass in 2014…
25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013
1. What am I most proud of this year?
I am most proud of graduating college in four years and immediately starting a position I am crazy about. My passion for my career grows every day. I truly love what I do and enjoy learning new things.
2. How can I become a better _____________?
Personally – I would like to be better at being self-aware and humble. I have tendencies to get ahead of myself and really make my head big without realizing it. This is good to an extent but sometimes I forget to take a step back.
Professionally – I want to be the very best of the best in my specific position. I want to be an industry leader both locally and globally.
3. Where am I feeling stuck?
I am feeling stuck in my fitness routine. I am absolutely in love with yoga and am really putting my heart there. The struggle is finding time in my schedule to thoroughly enjoy my practice without feeling rushed or like I should be doing something else.
4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?
I feel grace comes with experience and knowledge and there is always room for more.
5. Am I passionate about my career?
6. What lessons have I learned?
Real-world adult life is weird. We yern our entire lives to be older only to realize we want to be young. It’s weird to think about how much my life has changed this year. With every experience there has been a lesson I will carry with my forever. I am also quickly learning I can do anything I set my mind to.
7. What did I my finances look like?
My finances are good. I feel I’m doing quite well considering I’m 22.
8. How did I spend my free time?
I spent my free time with family, Solomon and friends. With my “me-time”, I started exploring yoga more, reading about the benefits of whole, real food, keeping up with social media trends and advertising. I also bought a sweet baby sugar glider, Penny, that I’ve been taking everywhere with me!
9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?
As of fall, I have really started to take care of my body completely. My mind does get lost sometimes. I let stress subconsciously take over and I can get pretty mean and snippy with the people I care about most. I’m working on my soul. Like I said. I need to humble myself a bit.
10. How have I been open-minded?
Seeing other perspectives at work has helped me become more open minded. I am not always right and it’s so refreshing to listen to other peoples ideas and thoughts.
11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?
I feel the most inspired when I’m doing something I’m truly passionate about or just kickin ass at. Doing my first Whole 30 in September really inspired me to be a better me. The work I do for my clients inspires me because there is always a challenge waiting to be tackled. I also feel inspired when doing anything that betters my mind, body and soul.
12. What projects have I completed?
The work I do daily are all ongoing projects but every time I meet a goal or see high engagement with my content I count them as a feat. Social media can be tricky. You can be yelling at a wall or hitting it home with the perfect audience.
I worked on the latest edition of our magazine Logic + Magic. I had the oppourtnity to write a piece in the magazine and also be on the cover and on two internal pages. Doing the photoshoot was so much fun. It was really exciting being thrown into something I’d never done before.
I was in a group for one of my final senior projects where we got the chance to work with The Dream Factory. We put together an entire IMC plan for them and they took it to the national level. I still volunteer for The Dream Factory and I just love everything they stand for.
And, we all know, The Whole30 was my most recent “project” which I am incredibly proud of. You can read the recap here: Whole 30 – Recap & Results
13. How have I procrastinated?
If we’re excluding tasks like cleaning my room and car then I’d say there were days where lack of energy got the best of me. I missed a few networking events this year I wish I would have gone to. But hey, it’s hard transitioning from college-student life to real-world life
14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?
I need to get my sleep schedule to a consistent pattern. Late nights no longer work well with my new lifestyle. I also would like to restructure the time I spend on my phone and set specific time aside for family, boyfriend and friends.
15. How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?
I still feel pretty inexperienced compared to my collegues who have been in the industry for years. Sometimes I listen to their ideas in meetings and forget to turn mine on. I think this is probably because I feel that I am less experienced and forget to speak up.
16. Where has self-doubt taken over?
Well considering I have about 5 different personas to master on a daily basis and turn on and off at any moment, I sometimes doubt content that I write for my clients. BUT my doubt is elimitnated by my amazing coworkers who tell me it’s great or provide little ways to improve. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about creating valuable content with confidence.
I have also taken on this self-doubt about running. Yes, physically running. Treadmill, on the road or running in place, I don’t like it and I’m not sure why, considering I used to run track and cross country when I was younger. I’m not sure why I’m completely turned off by the idea but I just say things like my legs are too short and I can’t run. I should work on this just in case I need to run in a zombie apoclypse some day. 😉
17. When have I felt the most alive?
I truly felt alive during my Whole30 experience. The 30 days taught me how to listen to my body and how to control my thoughts about food.
Solomon and I took a roadtrip to Cali last December/January. I felt so alive exploring unchartered territory in my book. I also swam with dolphins in San Francisco. I was amazing to feel how real wild animals are and how smart dolphins are. Incredible!
Also, beinging photographed for the cover of L+M made me feel pretty alive. The vulernable feeling of being photographed alone was a really cool experience.
18. How have I taught others to respect me?
This year I have really started to stand firm in my choices and beliefs. Showing my knowledge has also allowed me to earn respect in all aspects of my life.
19. How can I improve my relationships?
I’m sure we all feel this way, but I need to value the true relationships that I have more. I am so lucky to live this life and can’t imagine doing it without the people in my life. I know I need to cleanse myself of old relationships that are no longer serving their purpose to my goals and dreams. I know I can always listen more, be humble, have empathy and make more time for the people who matter.
20. Have I been unfair to anyone?
I’m sure there are times I have been unfair to my bf and family. They are always here for me so they are usually the first to see the not so pretty side of my when it comes out.
21. Who do I need to forgive?
I feel like I need to forgive myself for mistakes I’ve made and things I’ve said.
22. Where is it time to let go?
I need to let go of certain friendships, old habits with bad food and the thought of always being perfect.
23. What old habits would I like to release?
In 2014 I will let go of any ties with bad food and toxic tendencies that do not make me healthier and happier.
24. What new habits would I like to cultivate?
I will start doing yoga every day again. I would like to live completely and wholey paleo with no turning back (Disclaimer: This does not mean I will not have the occasional “normal” food during special events.)
I want to do a lot more networking.
I will also work on setting aside specific time for each family member, Solomon, his family and my best friends to improve our relationships.
25. How can I be kind to myself?
I’m actually pretty nice to myself but I’d say reminding myself that I can do anything I set my mind to and that I am good enough.
Okay, since I’ve spilled my guts out to you… I want you to answer these question one by one, whether in your head, written out in a journal or typed on your blog and review how your year has been and what you plan to change next year. It’s never too late to change and once you go so far there is no turning back.