I've been thinking about what I want my word for 2014 to be for a while now. I didn't designate an official word last year (so weird to say that), but looking back, I think it would have to be PERSEVERANCE.
I've been powering through a workbook I found on Susannah Conway's site, and she's been asking some tough questions about last year. One of the things that I realized is how much I really got done. That being said, it's because I just. kept. going. despite my own reservations or other things that could have held me back. I definitely flourished, in some ways, but I also learned the importance of just letting go and getting it done. It can't always be amazing, no matter what anybody tells you. Sometimes you just have to persevere, and get the bare minimum done. We can all be extraordinary, for sure, but we also need to be a little bit more gentle with ourselves, I think.
Now, onto 2014! Like I said, I've been thinking about this year's word for a while now, but it actually came relatively easy to me. After these past few weeks, and looking at what I had to give up last year in order to flourish professionally, I've decided to take another approach to life.
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My marriage went through a lot in 2013. Just believe me when I say that I really don't put everything on this little blog here, and I shouldn't. A few days ago, however, I realized that I need to let a lot go. Holding it all inside is really just holding me back from the potential that my marriage has. I want to nurture my relationship with my husband, and create a home and family that we can add to with only happiness and love.
It's not only my marriage that I want to nurture. I think that when you focus on one area of your life, other areas inevitably start to suffer. This past year I'm sad to say that my friendships suffered a bit, and I really don't want that anymore. I definitely learned the value and importance of BALANCE in 2013, and I think it's completely possible to find that perfect balance between my professional and personal life.
If I focus on anything in 2014, I want it to be on my relationships with others. I want to nurture my friendships and my marriage; I want to focus on my home and my family. And, I think, in the process of nurturing this value in my life, my clients and my business will prosper as well. Because if I value anything in my business, and in my life, it's authenticity and love and kindness.