I've been procrastinating writing this post for over a week now. I feel like I must do some kind of "Reflections of 2011" or "Recap of the Year". It's not mandatory for bloggers, nor is anyone forcing me to do it...but I know I should do one for my own sake - I strongly believe in the learning opportunities that arise out of conscious reflection and in this case, I had a lot to learn.
Lucky for you, most of my reflection is done. I spent the last few days contemplating my feelings over the course of the year and diagnosing why exactly I am left with the thought that I was completely lost and unproductive for the majority of 2011. I came up with one glaring issue that needs to be corrected.
Usually I have a plan - a vision for the year. I have set goals, lists, agendas and diaries to keep me on track. I went into 2011 lacking many of these things. I'm not sure why. 2010 was a life-changing year (see "Reflections on 2010") and I was feeling very inspired entering 2011. Perhaps I got too inspired and thought I had everything under control...that I'd outgrown the sacred acts of planning and reflection. For whatever reason, I winged it - and now I have learned my lesson.
My biggest take-away from 2011 is knowing that I need to always have a clear plan. I am not talking about constantly living my life according to a set of rules or expectations, I'm talking about setting a vision and being aware of it at all times. My vision is allowed to change however and whenever I want it to, but the important part is to always know what it is and keep it at the core of my daily intentions. Without a vision, I stray quickly. I am one of those who have extremely diverse interests. It's easy for me to start 1million-plus-one projects without finishing any of them. I need my vision to keep me on track and remind me of what's important. In 2011, I was not on track.
The holidays has proven to be a beneficial time for soul searching. I decided that I know who I am today and I have a clear(er) vision of who I want to be tomorrow. This exercise of setting a vision has made me realize where the gaps are, and what I need to do to fill them. This relates to:
- Blogging (where I want to focus attention, how often I want to write)
- Work (what I want to be an expert it and how I can get there)
- Personal Relationships (who deserves my time, who brings me down, and what types of personalities I need more/less of)
- ...and everything else in between.
I procrastinated this post for so long because I didn't want to write about all the things I didn't do in 2011. But now I am glad I wrote it. It's taken a positive spin as I look forward onto 2012 instead of dwelling on the year past.
I will end this post with a glimpse of what my holidays looked like...
|Healthy lifestyle reading.|
|Drank my problems away...with tea ;)|
|Snuggles, contemplation, snuggles.|
|Registered for the Sporting Life 10km run on May 13th, received a free $50 gift card :)|
All the best for a wonderful, productive, inspiring year!