Last night I was invited to attend a networking event. For those of you that know me, know that I’m definitely not afraid to have a conversation, and I’m not shy whatsoever. But I was nervous. I was nervous because everything I’m doing related to this business is pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I was about to sit down with a group of women, very strong, independent and articulate women, and I wasn’t sure how I fit in this picture. And then the conversation started. Almost immediately I felt a wave of comfort and welcoming pour over me. That might have been the wine too, but either way, I knew I’d be okay.
As the conversation started, we were asked the normal questions, who are you, what do you do, etc., but then we were asked to describe one word that sums up our 2019. Hmm. The past few years I’ve gone with simplify. Clearly that didn’t work because here I am launching a business on top of working full time, raising a 7 year old in every activity under the sun, trying to fit my own health and wellness in there and so on. You get the picture - there’s nothing simple going on here. So what word could describe my 2019? I listened to each woman state their word and as my time was approaching I only had one word that kept coming to mind, (no, escape or run were not the word). It was Worth. What am I worth? What is my time and energy worth? Am I worth it professionally? Am I worth fighting for? Yes. To all of it.
Back in December I was pushed to take a goal setting workshop as part of the lifting/CrossFit community. It changed my life. We were asked then to choose our values. What do we live by each day and what words represent us. Worth didn’t come up that day, but other pieces that feed into my worth did. I believe this was the push I needed. There were a few other words that were spoken last night that solidified my choices in starting this business. Trust. Magic. Goals.
Trust the process. I’ve heard that so many times in so many aspects of my life, but I think for the first time, I need to truly trust what is happening around me.
Goals. I hate setting goals. Hate. Them. But a goal doesn’t have to be something you dread reaching. It can be more of an affirmation. “I will lose 20 lbs by June 1st, 2019.” “I will spend 3 hours or less on my phone per week in 2019.” Which brings me to the next word.
Magic. Let the magic happen in your life. Put it out to the universe and see what happens. Pray for the abilities to do the things you want to do. If you are a big reality TV person (I will not apologize for loving bad reality TV), Kim Biermann from Don’t Be Tardy always says “Ask, Believe, Receive,” and the more I think about it, the more that rings true. There is obviously hard work and perseverance behind all of that, but there’s nothing wrong with believing in a little magic and the power of prayer either.
Find your word for 2019. Embrace it. Live it. Help others find their word. Step out of your comfort zone and do the things that help you grow.