An easy way to sum 2012 up for me would be to call it the Year of Goals. I’m a planner by nature, keeping lists and lists (and lists) of anything and everything. But I think a better description would be to call it the Year of Change. I declared that I needed to change my life, so I did. I stopped making excuses for myself, I faced my fears head on and I lived.
Last January, I wrote:
I hope that a year from now, everything has changed. I hope that I’m debt free. I hope that I’ve travelled. I hope that I’ve lead a healthier life. But most of all, I hope that I’m leading the life I want instead of the life that I’ve accepted. I hope this year has radical changes in store… and I’ll make sure it does.
The following week I started an online course that set the tone for the entire year. Jenny Blake’s Make Sh*t Happen (affiliate) is easily one of the best things I ever did for myself… leading me to reach deep within myself to figure out what I really wanted. The scariest and most difficult part was accepting that at that point, I was still “figuring it out.”
Five top moments of 2012:
- I figured it out. I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.
- This girl (who is terrified of heights) jumped out of an airplane 12,000 feet above the ground.
- After discovering I actually enjoy running, I finished a half-marathon distance run (and have a full marathon in my sights someday).
- I paid off all of my consumer debt.
- I met some really cool people at #WDS2012 and the MSH Weekend of Genius.