Reflections: 2013 Redux
“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley
Before leaping into the new year, I’d like to revisit 2013; have a redux and review some of the challenges and successes I had. According to Google’s 2013 Zeitgeist/Trends, a lot of newsworthy events happened this year, from Nelson Mandela to Paul Walker’s death, Boston Marathon bombings, Tesla, Twerking, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In to Zhi Gang Sha‘s Soul Healing Miracles, Beyonce, Miley, and Black Friday, Chinese New Year and movies galore. This year offered plenty of memories for all of us to share or hold.
For me, 2013 started on a good note. I had completed a full year of daily blogging in 2012 and I was gungho about continuing the blogging challenge. I’d made lots of new blog friends and was excited about my writing prospects… but things changed. To start the year, I had put together a list of 9 tips for a healthy year and set out to meet my goals. Join me as I reminisce, and lets take a brief look at what happened:
♥Set Achievable Goals/Resolutions – By April, my WP blogging went South as pressing personal and family matters took over in my life. I blogged minimally on my other blog – PK
♥Express Thanks/Gratitude Often – This is what sustained me throughout a rather difficult year and I remain grateful to my family, friends, and blog buddies who kept in touch and for all the lessons learned.
♥Stay Physically, Emotionally & Mentally Healthy – Despite some health challenges, I upped the ante in this area and added martial arts and hot yoga to my routine. Sometimes I took small steps and that was fine too.
♥Find a Mentor and/or a Workout Buddy – I found a few angels and a special mentor along the way. My gym buddies kept me going when I thought I couldn’t and I thank them all. The rest continue below.
“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.” John R. Dallas Jr.
Even though 2013 held many surprises and re-calibration of my goals, I had to set aside any twinges of regret and be present for each day’s demands. Regrets hold us back and a review or redux, with hope thrown in, helps us move forward. I agree with John Dallas that regrets are best replaced with HOPE.
♥Visualize Goals & Act on them - I did and some of my goals changed while others had to be set aside. The best lesson I gained from this particular tip was – Stay Flexible and Trust
♥Celebrate life; Eat, Pray, & Love Abundantly – What became apparent is that when we celebrate the little things, hope increases, and the boulders become less burdensome.
♥Give Peace a chance – As within, so without. As I look back now, I recognize that even in the dark times, there were always pockets of quiet knowing and peace around me… and miracles happen
♥Perform Random acts of Kindness – I’ve always believed that helping others takes the edge off our own and helps us gain perspective. This remains true.
♥Don’t Give Up even if You Mess Up - We can change directions but quitting is not an option. I wrote every day even though I didn’t publish daily. I’m at peace with that.
In 2014, I will follow the beat of my own drum and do my best to keep up a sensible blogging schedule. All goals above remain attainable. What about you? Here’s to a productive and auspicious 2014!
Did you have an auspicious beginning to 2013? What are your plans for the last day of 2013? Do share? Thank you! ♥Happy New Year!
Positive Motivation Tip: Reflect on what you’ve accomplished or missed and focus on doing better in the coming year. Try! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR
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