The girl in this photo had no idea what 2017 would bring. Little did she know that 2017 would be her year. Her year to expand her vision, increase her capacities & struggle like she hadn't struggled in quite some time. In the process she realized the great thing about a struggle was getting through it, then looking back with increased strength & realizing it perhaps wasn't such a struggle after all. Five things this girl learned in 2017.
1. Begin a practice of gratitude. This year I've spent 10 minutes each morning in gratitude. By myself & quiet I take time to re-live the moments & people in my life I'm most grateful for. If I were to give you a snapshot of this week, I'd think about all the helping hands that have brought dinner, dropped by sweet thoughts & gifts -- and I mean I'd really think about it. The time and effort they made, the blessing it was to me & my family & be grateful. I'll usually think through 3-4 events/moments & then 3-4 people as well. I'll wrap up by thinking through things on the horizon, working them out in my mind & allowing myself to feel how grateful I'll feel when they're accomplished or taken care of.
2. You're capable of more than you realize. This year I set and then tackled some goals that were well outside my comfort zone. As such, new things came up that I really had to think through, because they were things I had never done before! When a 'problem' would arise -- which I now prefer calling an opportunity to learn -- there were times I had to sleep on it. Which meant actually not sleeping. Then I'd have to counsel with a few, trusted people who I've put on my personal Board of Trustees -- the people that understand what I'm doing, will be honest to a fault & always give me their best advice when I call (surround yourself with as many of these types of people as possible). Then, and only then, would I have a solution I felt comfortable with & because I had done my due diligence I was confident in moving forward. Even when moving forward meant hard phone calls, firm boundaries & sticking to my guns. Just like anything else though, the more you do it, the easier it gets. So when that next 'problem' arises, whatever it may be, don't be scared, be grateful you get to learn something.
3. Keep reading. Everything you need to know is in a book...or online. Regardless of what you're learning, always feed the desire to learn. This is something I really try to cultivate in my kids. As a result, Zack and I spend all sorts of time researching ridiculous things, not because I necessarily care about what we're researching, but more so the process of finding the answer to the question. Last week it involved a question around pulling hair to tackle in the NFL -- those are some good YouTube videos. :)
4. Your most valuable asset is your time. You'll be told your whole life to not be selfish, but when it comes to your time, be selfish. Very selfish. Time is the one commodity you cannot produce more of. Time is squandered in 10 minute increments, don't underestimate what you can do in 10 minutes. This year, I figured out how to work smarter, not harder & oddly enough it's been my most successful year yet emotionally, spiritually & financially. That being said, your self worth isn't based on what you own, but what you create. Create more.
5. People won't get it, that's okay, do it anyway. I struggled with this for a long long time. I wanted everyone to understand what I understood and why I was pursuing what I was pursuing. The only problem is, if everyone understood, what I'm pursuing would already be done. In fact, the more people DON'T understand what you're doing, the better. Don't focus on whether everyone 'gets' it, doing so will reduce your bandwidth to create. Put your head down & just do the work.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.