Before I can properly address my own New Beginnings, I feel like its important to take a look back to 2010. What lessons did I learn? Where did I triumph? What changes need to be made? So here is 2010 in 10. . .
10. I found all kinds of success at work last year. I came up with lots of creative new ideas and formed good connections. I’m proud of the things I accomplished.
9. I formed a handful of new friendships last year with fabulous people. I really care about my friends.
8. I tried to embrace each season for what it was. It was hot, but I tried not to complain. It was cold and I put on a sweater.
7. I learned that sometimes I need to turn off my rational brain and turn on my sensitive brain. Sometimes saying how I really feel makes more of an impact than saying what I really think.
6. I’m proud of my blog. It connects me to my own life and helps me make larger external connections.
5. I learned how fragile my mom really is this year. And I’m not taking her presence on earth for granted. Not for One. Single. Second.
4. I determined that I do want to get married and have a family. This was a big determination for me. I’m not rushing to make it happen, but I’m happy to know it’s something to look forward to someday.
3. To that end, I got back into the dating world. And it feels good this time, like I’m in the right spot and open to new people learning my story.
2. I scrapbooked. After years of drought – this is truly a victory. And its all because of the amazing scrapbooking community of which I often write and link. Especially Stacy Julian and BigPictureClasses.com
1. Last year was a transitional year. I’m exceedingly happy with the progress I made and where I’m going. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m on the right track.
There are 5 full days left in 2010. And while that seems pretty hard to believe, I’m incredibly thankful that I’ve almost made it through another year. On the blog this week, I’ll be working through my final to-do list of 2010 and doing a bit of reflecting on my year.
My “Final To-Do List of 2010” is stored in my Evernote account. Do you use Evernote? You should! I love that it can store almost anything digitally, from pictures and hand written notes to internet clippings and emails. I sometimes forward emails directly to my Evernote account (all my December Daily inspirational emails for example). The web clipper for Chrome lets me clip webpages, digital receipts that I don’t want to print, great photos, recipes or stories that inspire me without leaving the page. Best of all, it’s Completely Free! *While I do choose to pay for the program because I like the upgrades I get (pdf file save among others) and I like to support my favorite products and companies, the free version is a fully functioning program that is compatible across pc and mac, most browsers, and many smart phones. If I made a Top 10 list for 2010 (which come to think of it, I should!), Evernote would be on the list.
So what of this to-do list? Looking at it now, I realize that a lot of the things I put on it were related to my December Daily scrapbooking project. And how did that project go? Ok, pretty badly. But I have 5 days, lots of memories, some great pictures and the inspiration to work on it during the remainder of this month. I’ve also decided that I’m ok with an imperfect 1st attempt. I’ll try it again next year and maybe I’ll have more “daily” success.
Back to the list. There are a lot of things not on it yet, and my next task is to do a complete brain dump. I love brain dumps. I sit in front of my screen and type everything I think of in a stream of consciousness style. Sometimes, I can make a list with my thoughts. Sometimes its just a string of ramblings. I’m excited to see how much I can tackle before 2011. Stay tuned….