There are three days left in 2015. Seriously, where did the time go? I swear, we got to June, and the remaining six months just flew by. Insane. Before I got wrapped up in 2016, I wanted to share a few of the lessons, highlights, and memories that made 2015 one of the best years of my adult life.
When I decided that I was going to practice letting go in 2015, I knew there was one thing I absolutely had to let go of:
In the past, there were so many people who took too much of my time and energy. Under no circumstances are they solely to blame. I kept them around because we were family, friends, and/or had sentimental value.
I have goals, hopes, and dreams that I need to make my reality. Guess what that requires? That’s right, time and energy. The two things that dead weight were draining from me.
There were events that occurred that throughout the year that stung emotionally. Once I got past it, I gained an incredible amount of clarity. Those events were opportunities to let people and things go that were no longer good for me. Not to say that I couldn’t have done it sooner, but sometimes you need an extra push in order for you to get the message.
Time Management + Determination = Success
I struggled with time management throughout the year. I would spend an entire day lounging around, knowing I had things to do. Oftentimes, it would take me days to catch up.If you don't manage your time, you'll never cross things off your to-do list. Click To Tweet
So, I compromised with myself. Instead of spending the entire day working on one blog post, I started using the Pomodoro Technique. Using my ClearFocus app, I would start a task and work on it for 25 minutes. If I needed more time, I would skip the break and continue working for another 25 minutes. It was amazing how much I got done in such a small amount of time.
In February, I wrote about how a tweet led to a new laptop. I wanted to share with the Twitterverse (Twitter + Universe) the full circle of emotions I had when I realized that it was indeed a dream. Under no circumstances did I think that Lenovo would respond, let alone get their followers involved to make my dream come true.@Lenovo reminded me that dreams indeed do come true. #LenovoSurprise Click To Tweet
My favorite memory of this year was when I finally met Amber from Climb Out of the Cubicle in person. She’s my sister from another ma’am and mister. Even though she’s 12 hours away from me, I’m sure she’ll agree that we’re still pretty attached.I'm forever grateful for having @theambermonaco in my life. Finally meeting her was my favorite memory… Click To Tweet
The ups and downs I’ve experienced this year reaffirmed what I want (and don’t want) at this stage of my life. I’m beyond excited for 2016 ready for whatever is to come.