I’m sitting at my desk at home drinking a hot, black coffee and I can hear the wind bustling outside as the New Year’s Eve snow begins to fall. At the beginning of 2014 I vowed to challenge myself in a few areas and am happy to say that I accomplished my goals:
- “Read books that challenge my perspectives and beliefs.” Books I read in 2014 included Lean In, Why Men Love Bitches and Barefoot. Each book gave me a fresh perspective on relationships, self love and professional growth. In 2015 I’m looking forward to reading Thrive, Bad Feminist and re-reading The Last Lecture, a favourite of mine.
- “Make stress my friend and embrace the rush of adrenaline found in every opportunity.” It’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that I have a hard time sitting still. There is so much to do in life and no one can be sure exactly just how much time we actually have. I embraced my word of 2014, Now, by trying new things and taking on new opportunities. The only moment we can be sure of is the present one.
- “Take a break from my iPhone.” Starting a new job and commuting 3+ hours a day has taught me the value of work-life balance. Once I get home, my phone is on silent and my attention is on my family, friends and me time.
- “Walk more, sit less.” I’ve been successfully working out at least 4 days a week and with the support of a new co-worker will be embracing walking meetings and outdoor brainstorms in 2015 with the team.
- “Pick a new brain every month.” 12 people I got to know better in 2014: Steve Becker; Ish; Nikki; Steve Broadhurst; Gabi; Colleen; Lauren; Somer; Matt; Michelle D; Michelle M; and Don.
In 2014 I achieved a few of my professional goals, including becoming a published author; teaching at Conestoga College; and being named one of PR In Canada’s Top 30 Under 30. I can truly say that for the first time in a while I know exactly who I am and what I’m all about. Being in my twenties feels like a challenging yet awesome time of life. I feel so blessed to have such a dynamic, adventurous and fun group of friends; a loving and motivating family; and the most supportive man, my best friend, who never fails to make me laugh.
In less than 12 hours I’ll ring in the New Year – it’s one of my favourite days of the year. There is something about a fresh start and a clean slate that I love… So many wonderful things are happening in 2015 and I can’t wait! My big sis is getting married; I will be doing some travelling; getting settled into my new job; and adventures of the first year in our new home will continue.
My word of the year for 2015 is Explore. I want to take the time to discover unfamiliar places, people, adventures… and truly taste the fullness of life. It’s going to be the best year yet… I can feel it.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”