December 2015 was a great time to rest, reflect and prepare. The resting was much needed after a year of transitioning from a full time job back into my consulting business full time. I’ve been going at a fast past since then. When talking with friends and colleagues, we often say, “Get some rest.” But what does that rest look like? For some it may be taking a long weekend away from the familiar. For others it may be sleeping, for others it may be taking a mental break by working on a favorite hobby. For me, it means leaving town to take in new sights. I didn’t realize how mentally tired I was until I took this time off. One of my goals for 2016 is to incorporate times of rest more frequently.
December 2015 was a great time to reflect on the year. I thought about the accomplishments I had achieved. I also looked at the things that I didn’t accomplish and assessed why they were not accomplished. It was a great year for implementing new programs, training new people and helping new organizations get established. It was not so great while I recovered from a car accident, healed from a pulled muscle and accepted relationships, both personal and professional, that had ended. When taking the sum of all of these events, I see a year filled with growth, defined focus and renewed energy to move forward.
December also gave me time to prepare for 2016. In that preparation time, I have gained new momentum to create more, get involved more and simply BE more. I participated in my first visioning session in December. It was so exhilarating! I found so many pictures and phrases that spoke to me. I ended up with three vision boards. Phrases like, ‘I’m doing exactly what I love and I feel blessed; Go Intense, Be Informed, The Champion’s Mind, and Finding Balance’, all spoke to me. I carry my boards with me on my phone so I can be reminded of who I am and where I’m going.
The rest and reflections have given me time to focus on new and current projects. I’m excited about a new project called, “Be IN The Know” – This is a platform that will be used to share information and resources with the community through a radio program and seminars. There are lots of resources and information available to us and sometimes we are just not aware. This platform will help connect people with the resources.
The other area that I will work in more is Grant Development and Fundraising. In my work with community and faith-based organizations I’ve discovered that there are many great ideas and lots of needs to meet. Organizations need funds to bring the ideas to life and implement programs. My goal is to help them meet needs by having available resources and funding.
Trainings, consultations, and networking will continue. I’m excited about all of these plans, but I know that none of them will be accomplished if I am not physically and mentally fit. My journey to better health has begun with healthier eating habits, more exercise and more mental breaks. Yes, time was well spent in December, but 2016 is here and it is time to get moving. Join me on the journey!