A year ago today, I left to go live in Paris for two months. I paused my life in Chicago and went on a breathtaking adventure! You can read more about my adventure here.
I’m a person who tends to fall into a routine. I love comfort and certainty, and at the same time I deeply crave adventure, risks and uncertainty. I reached a point last year where I was feeling stuck and bored and had this desire to do something totally different.
I’ve always had a love affair with Paris and really wanted to go there for more than just a vacation. I wanted to really get out of my comfort zone. And boy did I, speaking minimal French and not knowing a soul. What unfolded was amazing! I worked a few hours a week coaching, wandered, explored, expanded. Some times I felt alone, and other times I felt total joy. The whole experience allowed me to become more of me and develop a deeper sense of myself.
It’s amazing to me that it’s been a whole year since my trip, and it’s really made me realize how fast time goes by. Years fly by fast! You think you’ll get so much done in the time span of a year, but before you know it, another one has gone by. It’s this realization that reminds me that what we do each day matters.
In the past year since my time in Paris, I’ve really focused on building the foundation of my life. I moved apartments and created a new home. I’ve also been focusing on my health – building strength and vitality. And, I’ve been growing my transformational coaching business – one amazing and beautiful client at a time! I still have a deep desire to travel and wander, but once I got back from Paris, I quickly figured out that this year needed to be about grounding and building.
Setting goals and intentions is huge for me. Coming off the high of being in Paris, I set big and slightly out of reach goals for myself for 2015. I tend to thrive on being present where I am while at the same time, knowing where I’m headed and what inspired actions I need to take to progress along my journey. And, as I’ve been looking at my goals for the year, I can’t believe we’re down to three months left!
In some ways I’m so happy and grateful for what I’ve accomplished. And in other areas I feel like I’ve slacked, and would love to buy into my mantra of “I still have time for that…” But, I’m calling bullshit on myself!! Yep, I said it.
It’s really got me thinking about how I desire to feel at the close of 2015. What do I still want to accomplish, create and complete?
Well, I’m choosing to close out 2015 with a bang: achieving my goals and even surpassing them! For me this is going to take getting out of my comfort zone big time. And this time, it’s not about being adventurous and taking risks, but it’s about doing what needs to be done day in and day out, even when I don’t want to. When it doesn’t feel good and when it would be so much easier to put it off until tomorrow. Making each day count.
So let’s all get into this mindset together! Let’s finish this year feeling AMAZING!
Grab your journal or some paper, and work through these steps:
- What are the top 1-3 goals you want to achieve by the end of this year? Remember to make them reasonable and achievable. Spend some time in meditation or with your journal to tap into what lights you up.
- What is your why? Why do you want what you want? If you don’t know why you’re going for something it will be a lot harder to make it happen.
- What are the action steps you need to take to make these goals possible? Who can you ask to help you, support or guide you along the way?
- What is blocking you? What are the things that may come up to stop you from taking action? When they do come up, what can you do push through them?
- Create a mantra around your goals. Make the mantra a reflection of the goal already achieved. For example if your goal is around health, fitness or body, your mantra could be, “I am strong, healthy and fit.”
- Enjoy the journey! Instead of quitting or staying stuck when it gets hard, get excited. These are the moments that build and shift us. Get curious about what you’re feeling and celebrate every victory, big and small! Make each day matter.