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Reflections of the Past Year

Where has this year gone? Seriously, this year went by so quickly it’s practically a blur. This morning instead of going to the computer and getting right to work, I decided to sit down and reflect on the past year.

Some people think “dwelling” on the past is a waste of time. I don’t want to dwell on the past…
• I want to learn from both the successes and challenges I experienced this past year,
• I want to remember what brought me joy and contentment,
• And, I want to decide which things I definitely do not want to repeat during the coming year.

I looked through my calendar, journals and writings for the last twelve months and here’s some of what I discovered:

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1. My business changed and evolved during the past year. I found myself writing more and coaching less. I’m still coaching women in business and loving it. I started coaching women writers/authors and am loving that too. Empowering women is a huge part of my life. The biggest “aha” for me was that I wasn’t charging enough for my coaching and classes. Based on my years of experience and expertise, I was selling myself short. That was/is a hard thing to admit.

2. I self-published three cozy mystery fiction books. I’ve always wanted to write fiction, but never actually committed to sitting down and writing stories. After publishing those three books and having a few more in the works, I discovered how much I truly enjoy writing fiction! Why didn’t I do it sooner?

3. It took many filled garbage bags and several months to clear out the paper clutter from my closets, storage bins and file cabinets. Some of the papers were from the 1960’s – seriously. I decided it was time to release old energy and make room for new projects. Going through all that paper was tedious and sad at times, but a huge relief when it was finished.

4. My husband and I realized we didn’t need television. We cancelled our cable service. We don’t even have a television in the house. I didn’t go through withdrawal and I don’t miss TV. If I want to know the news, I can watch it on my computer. I now have more quality time and less distractions for reading, writing and being with my husband.

5. I’m walking more and eating healthier. We are making more homemade organic and gluten-free meals and eating out less. I’m becoming quite the baker. Sometimes the baking comes from a box and sometimes from scratch.

6. This was the year I fully embraced the realization that the only person I can change is myself. I can influence. I can mentor. I can coach. I cannot make anyone do anything – I can only suggest and encourage.

7. I need, and mean need, to make more time for myself. I’m going to carve out more time during the coming year to relax and unwind. I realized l always have to be doing something or I don’t feel I’m doing enough. I’ve started to chunk out quality time for myself – reading, walking, napping or whatever I decide will help rejuvenate me in mind, body and spirit.

Last year was a year I expanded my comfort zone and took a few scary leaps of faith. It was uncomfortable at times. I’m one who likes the security of the tried and true. Publishing three fiction books was way out of my comfort zone, but I did it. This coming year I’m going to expand my comfort zone even more – I’m not quite sure how yet, but I’ll be trying new things.

I hope sharing my look back at the past year encourages you to do the same. It’s not about dwelling on the past, it is about going forward next year. The past is the past, we can learn from the past and with the lessons learned, head positively toward the future.
Here’s to making all your awesome goals, dreams, hopes and plans reality during the next twelve months.
Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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