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.