…and another reason to be thankful.
How fitting that prompt #23 (love that number!) for personal branding at TheBloggingSchool during #NaBloPoMo is Write about your latest accomplishment. In this birthday recap/annual review, I will mention quite a few of those! I had so many proud, fun moments in the year of 35.
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Credit: Angela Bax
This month I’ve given myself permission to take a break from blogging for a bit because I was overwhelmed with all the social media “to-do” stuff (in preparing for my book launch in February). But birthdays always make me reflect so I knew this post wouldn’t be hard to write. I chuckled when I looked at my post from last year and decided to do a comparison along with my update.
The Top 5 “Ballsy” Things I Did This Year (in reverse chronological order)
Traded in my lovely SUV (that I only had for two months) for a car
Started dating for the first time in the “A”
Lost about 30 pounds in 5 weeks
Established Kharacter Distinction Books
Started two YouTube channels (its not easy to watch yourself on video)
The Top 5 Things I Learned This Year
How to two-strand twist my daughter’s hair– and mine.
Choreography to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (yes, 3 years later)
Hiring good help for your business is a trial-and-error process (I hope all my errors are behind me now).
It is easier–and emotionally healthier– to cut someone off than I ever thought possible.
When people can see your heart, they’ll support you.
From 2010, with commentary: The Top 6 Things I Want to Do Next Year (That I Haven’t Done)
Publish my book. (I’m about 80 days away!)
Build a minimum 6-month emergency fund. (The book publishing process wiped that out)
Get more paid writing and speaking gigs. (Not yet, but I hired a speaking coach to help me)
Join the NSA Academy. (Attended some NSA Georgia meetings but that’s all for now)
Attend a writer’s conference. (Not that interested in this these days)
Earn another Toastmasters award, and get closer to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). (Not a high priority anymore, but I earned an ACS this year.)
Now: The Top 7 Things I Want to Do in 2012
Get back to the Y (I miss Turbokickboxing)
Become fluent in [Latin American] Spanish (I plan on starting a foreign language certificate program at Emory University next semester).
Learn a new graphic design package (maybe InDesign or Photoshop CS) and/or video editing skills.
Expand my business out of my comfort zone by partnering with complementary youth and Christian organizations.
Speak at more conferences and presenting to more organizations across the Mid-atlantic and Southeast regions.
Publish my first book, companion journal, Cds, ebooks, etc.
Finish writing my second book.
5 Things I’m Going to Keep Doing in 2012
Dating/courting only those worthy of my time (not settling).
Encouraging girls and young women to accept and love themselves.
Being a great example to my daughter.
Making my family and God proud of me.
How are you feeling about your 2011? What changes do you plan to make?
If you read yesterday’s post, then you know today is, but I’m going to treat this day like New Year’s Day.
I’ve got a bunch of things I’m thankful for since my last birthday, and a bunch of things I want to accomplish before my next one. I started writing the following lists two months ago and managed to save my notes. These lists are in no particular order…
The Top 5 “Ballsy” Things I Did This Year
The Top 5 Things I Learned This Year
- Just because someone isn’t there, doesn’t mean s/he doesn’t care.
- I can handle single-parenting without “losing it.”
- No one is inaccessible.
- Stepping out on faith has its rewards.
- Doing the right thing isn’t always the easy choice, but it’s always the best choice.
6 Things I Want to Do Next Year (That I Haven’t Done)
- Publish my book.
- Build a minimum 6-month emergency fund.
- Get more paid writing and speaking gigs.
- Join the NSA Academy (for aspiring professional speakers).
- Attend a writer’s conference.
- Earn another Toastmasters award, and get closer to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
5 Things I’m Going to Keep Doing Next Year (Not Previously Mentioned)
- Being straight-up and honest with people.
- Paying for things without using credit cards or financing.
- Driving my ’04 Mazda (I enjoy not having a car payment).
- Guest blogging (thank you to all my subscribers and supporters!).
- Trusting God.
I plan to reassess these goals of mine every month, and you’ll like see posts about my progress on them. I’m really excited about what the future holds– how about you?
This week is like an “All-Star Week” for me: I gained my 1,000th Facebook friend, I’m writing my 100th Daree’s Insights blog post, I’m celebrating my birthday, and of course, Thanksgiving!