Well it is a brand new year and maybe a good time to reflect on 2013.
To tell you the truth I am actually a very private person. I don’t like to talk about my family or personal life on social media. I am friendly and outgoing, but I still hesitate to share.
I confess, deep down, I am a bit of an introvert.
This makes it tricky to tell my stories with people who may want to learn a bit more about me. It is a challenge for me. But as this is a new year I have decided to open up a little to share a few stories of who I am and some of what I did in the past year.
Here is my list of the top ten things I did in 2013.
I hope this will let you see through the windows of my world and inspire a few of you to take on new challenges and commit 2 change a few things in your own lives.
The following is my list of top ten things I want to remember for 2013.
Waterskiing: I still can’t believe it. But it’s absolutely true. This August I visited a friend’s cottage and strapped on a pair of skies. It took a few mouthfuls before I got up, but I did it! And I loved it. I felt free, alive, athletic and was overwhelmed with the emotions at doing something I never had a chance to do as a child. But I gave that experience to me. And that weekend I also gave that experience to my kids. What a highlight. I’ll never forget it.
Website: One of my goals for 2013 was to launch a new website. I did it. I have many people to thank for this including Alan Pollett (SEO, Web Design), Martha Galvis (Graphic Design), Jeff Ramage (Photography, Editing), Edward Blaha (Admin), and many of my clients and colleagues who provided so many wonderful testimonials.
Exploring: Ontario is a magical province. It has so many wonderful places to visit, especially for camping. This year I was able to swim in Lake Huron, climb rocks and trees in Tobermory and canoe in Killarney. I went on a boat cruise in Muskoka, a hike through Algonquin Park and farmed cranberries in Bala. Ontario is a beautiful, natural world of lakes and forests, only a few hours north of the city. I visited many of the sites where many works of the Group of Seven painted.
Cold Calling: At the beginning of the year I gave myself a challenge to reach out to some large consulting firms. Every morning I woke up and followed through on a list of contacts. If I couldn’t reach someone I left a message and made follow-up calls within the week. It was not easy at first. But it became an adventure for me. These cold calls resulted in some very positive business deals for Commit2Change. I now work for two of these consulting firms.
Cycling: For me, 2013 was the year of the long bicycle ride. Specifically I went on two notable rides around Ontario. The first was a marathon day of beautiful trails and quiet streets spanning the entire city of Toronto. The second trip was the popular ride from Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Falls. This was a fifty-five kilometer tour through flower gardens, forests, butterflies and steep hills.
Detoxification: At some point this year I got frustrated trying to do up my jeans. Too much chocolate, hazelnut coffee flavor, and buttered popcorn had made me feel like one of those cute, blubbery sea cows from the national geographic channel. But I changed everything with Joshi’s Alkaline Diet. I was hardcore with this program and did his 21 day detox for 30 days. I am now on the maintenance program and lost over ten pounds.
Social Media: Wow… I can’t believe I have over 23,000 followers on Twitter. It makes me feel so appreciative of all the people who apparently like what I have to say. Facebook and LinkedIn have also allowed me to connect with hundreds of interesting people. Social media is here to stay and I’m glad that I was a part of it in 2013.
Kale: What a vegetable! I love it. This year I started putting it in salads, stir-frys, wraps and protein shakes. I even discovered a fantastic recipe for kale chips that is good enough to replace my popcorn habit. I love kale and am going to stick with my green leafy vegetables for a long time in the future. Here is the recipe… http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-kale-chips/
Presentations: Being an introvert, it has always been a challenge for me to speak in public. But this year I broke through the fear and began presenting in public on a regular basis. This past year I delivered countless workshops, webinars, and group coaching sessions. The topics included confidence building, resume writing, job search process, and interview preparation.
Eckhart Tolle: I love to read. Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favourites. But this year I began listening to the audiobooks of Eckhart Tolle. The ideas about being present and the “Power of Now” really resonate with me. Eckhart Tolle is considered one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world today. And I am so appreciative that I am able to learn from these revolutionary ideas. My understanding about my purpose has being completely transformed by Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now has changed my life.
Now I would like to challenge you to make your own list. Write it down, maybe in a blog or in a journal. And if you are comfortable with it, I’d love to read your list too. Send me your list of special memories and accomplishments.
Happy New Year!