Year-End Reflections

It’s been a year of change for me.  Mostly good changes, but the challenges of change have definitely figured prominently into 2008.  At the gentle urging of my friend Darlene MacAuley, I am following her SavvyDoula year end guided reflections.

For December 1st (yes, behind already):

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?  So many things!  Started a business, learned flying trapeze, sent my firstborn off to Kindergarten.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Muddling through all of the paperwork and legwork involved in starting a business.  Oh, and receiving my certifications so that I can legitimately work with people as a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist.

What was your biggest failure? Having unrealistic expectations about the business….even after being warned to wratched expectations downward, I didn’t do it.
What did you get really, really, really excited about in 2008? Learning flying trapeze.

Compared to this time last year, you are: busier.  Much, much busier.
What do you wish you’d done more of? Follow through on my ever-growing to-do list.
What did you want and get? Lots of time with my family.  Travel to some of our favorite places.  Even a whole weekend away with my husband.

What did you want and not get? Lots of pregnant women to discover how fabulous exercise is to their health and well-being. 
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Reliable childcare.  Not having it makes me so stressed.

What kept you sane?  Taking time to sew a litle bit almost every day.  Having a tangible product of my skill and creativity is reassuring and motivating.
What is a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008? That multi-tasking doesn’t necessarily increase efficiency.  By concentrating on one thing at a time, I am more present, more genuine, and more productive.

I never have time to: pick up the phone and call friends.  Or clean the bathrooms.  But I’d rather call friends.

I spend too much time on: the internet, passively browsing and reading.

I don’t have well-defined goals for: growing my business.  I need to redefine how many hours I want to work.

I have a hard time saying no to: everything.  People who need help are my kryptonite.

I would like to spend more time: thinking about what I want and need, planning to make it happen, then executing those plans.

I am happiest when: no one is complaining.  Including me.

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