I have to be honest with you: transitioning from spending six weeks on a Mexican beach to being back in a San Francisco winter is a little rough. I love my city, and it’s been great to be home in a lot of ways, but I’m not adapting to the cold very gracefully…
One of my last acts in Cabo, as I shared in a Facebook Live, was doing a visioning exercise for 2018 with my friend Leona. We did the same thing exactly a year earlier, and we were both really happy with how many of the goals we’d set for ourselves were achieved. We also decided we could learn something from the things we hadn’t accomplished, and I’ve been thinking about those ones a lot.
My biggest win for 2017 was naming in December 2016 that I would spend the end of the year in Cabo. Naming that goal was the first step towards accomplishing it. I also said that I would be tan on New Year’s Day, and I definitely was. I had some ideas that changed about romance and business, and I’m fine with letting go of ideas I outgrew. I didn’t go as far with reading or my spiritual practices as I wanted to, and I have some ideas about how to improve on that in 2018.
Some of the things I would like to accomplish this year are maximizing my skills as an online networker, going even further with the businesses that allow my free and flexible lifestyle and making deeper connections with people in my life. Taking notes from what I succeeded with in 2017, I’ve set more realistic expectations for the structure of my days, started looking at my priorities and noticed where I really felt joy while I was pursuing my goals. I’ve decided that the joy is a critical element of getting it done.
My time in Cabo was pretty magical. I thought I’d be doing more computer work there, but it became clear pretty early that there was a real opportunity to use my strength as a networker to meet new people and build relationships that will figure in to my next goals. I came home with a huge collection of new business cards and some big ideas about leveraging future travels in a similar way. While I was joyfully following my beach bliss, I was also joyfully leaning in to a business strength that has served me well my entire career.
I’m so glad I did that Cabo trip. I’m grateful that I proved to myself that I could set what seemed like a huge goal and achieve it in less than one year. I’m excited to see how I can take that to the next level. I’m so happy I met so many people who share my love for travel and my joie de vivre. I’m looking forward to deepening those new friendships and seeing what comes from them. It’s validating to know that letting my strengths and interests lead my choices is safe and successful. I love starting the new year with a tan, one more stamp in my passport and the desire to do it again in a different spot.
As I look back on my six week sabbatical and ahead to the new year, what I really want to share with you is that accomplishing any goal is empowering, and choosing a goal that gives you joy makes it so much easier to accomplish. I like to think I’m kind of in the joy business, so if you want to meet for a coffee (online or in person) to talk about what you want your life to look like a year from now and how we might be able to help each other live our bliss, drop me a line!