This was my year to live life on my terms without losing what I love most.
I quit my job, put my writing out for the world to see, served as team mom for my girls softball team, went back on medication for PMDD, and started a company.
In doing all of these things, I was able to prove to myself that by being true to myself I am happier. The more risks I have taken the less scared I am to be my authentic self.
I am an introvert. Working with people who want to constantly meet and work in teams was draining my soul and energy. I love to work on my own and see people socially. I also like working from home instead of driving to an office.
Going into 2021 I knew that I was going to be working on a lot of new things.
- An exit plan from my 9-5
- Developing a new business
- Creating a Social Media Following
- Writing articles on personal finance
- Creating a budget for one income
I knew that I would have to have a different approach to my life than usual.
At the end of every year or very early in the new year I choose a word to live by. In the past, I have chosen Surrender and Courage. This year my word was Creative. My challenge was to channel my creativity to tackle my big tasks.
Prior to this challenge, I would steer away from anything that required me to be creative. I just didn’t think that I had it in me so I wouldn’t even try. During the early parts of the pandemic in 2020, when I was forced to slow down and sit with my thoughts, I started getting inklings of creativity. I had a revelation, creativity needs time and space. It refuses to take part in the rat race of life. This revelation made me realize that I wanted to focus on creating space for creativity in 2021. I was determined to intentionally welcome creativity into my life. So Creativity was my word in 2021 and I can say that I lived up to it.
Although I realized that creativity is a tool needed to grow and make things happen in life, it is not what I am most reflecting on right now.
Realizing that we fear what is best for us is what I am reflecting on most right now. We fear listening to the voices and seeing the signs that are trying to guide us toward our purpose in life.
What I have learned about fear is that it is not real. Fear and anxiety are focused on things that have not happened. You are sending out the message that you somehow can predict the future. Doing things that cause us to feel fear is what makes us feel alive. That is a fact.
What I have learned in 2021 is that when you listen to the voices and follow the signs you gain more than you lose. That is even if you lose friends, luxuries or income. What you get in return is priceless.
This was the best year of my life. I feel comfortable in my own skin. I have faith in what I am trying to create. I have the support of people that I love because I have been transparent since I felt that I could no longer ignore my thoughts. I am making new friends that are on similar paths as myself.
What about you? How was 2021 for you?