Once a month, my older brother, Michael, and I meet up for drinks in mid-town Manhattan. Last night we were talking about this year and how much life has changed in the past 365 days.
Last December I was at completely different place in my life. At the time, I knew what I wanted but wasn’t convinced that I would ever get there. So I wrote three goals down on a post-it note and taped it to my desk: start my own business, travel more, and invest more in myself and learning. I didn’t give my goals a timeline or a deadline for achieving them but I stared at them every single day.
To say that 2017 was a transformational year in my personal and professional life would be an understatement.
I traveled to Europe three times, took my first solo trip abroad, left my full-time job to start my own business, began teaching at the college-level and stepped out of my comfort zone more times than I can count.
I’ve grown more this year than any other year in my life. I took risks and made mistakes. I laughed a ton and cried more tears than I’d like to admit.
I definitely don’t have it all figured it out (trust me) but I’m also realizing that I’m not supposed to. In the past, I lived “according to my plan”. But I’ve since learned to let go. Life isn’t a planned sequence of events. It’s an adventure.
What intentions did you set for 2017? How did they go? How have they changed? What intentions do you have for 2018?
As 2017 comes to a close, it’s important to not only set intentions for the new year but also to reflect on the the past. See how far you’ve come and where you want to go – but don’t have it set in stone – a post-it note will do for now 😉