Slivers of 2018
I’ve written this post in my head over one hundred times. Maybe I was at the gym, or running outside; in the shower or driving. Each time the post changed, but the content matured like a fine wine. If I had the access, I’d put a little note in my phone, or swear I’d remember whatever I was thinking. Eh, it didn’t happen that way, entirely.
I set out to make 2018 a great year. It was going to be all about ‘Shakti’, the focal point of my vision board. Shakti is a Sanskirt word that is a feminine energy that means power or empowerment (Wikipedia, 2018). I wanted my focus to be on pulling my internal magnets together. It was about developing the softness while strengthening the exterior; finding balance while listening to the finer sounds in life. It was about moving forward with mindfulness.
I said “no” with the kindest voice and the best intentions. It was about letting the dishes sit a little longer while I snuggled with my daughters.
It was about the ultimate reframe at mile 11 of a marathon gone wrong (again), only to have it be one of the most enriching experiences of my life.
It was about doing hard things (both personally and professionally) while finding the joy.
It was about finally forgiving myself, while apologizing for the last time: I’m sorry I let you all down; I am sorry I disappointed you. Please let me go.
It was about second chances, opening my ears to really hear what people had to say, finding the true value in my tribe and giving it right back.
In 2018, I found the confidence to find my voice, set boundaries, and get uncomfortable. I will continue to develop this in 2019.
Through this process, I leveraged the positive words of others to keep me going. I discovered that my richness, my wisdom, my confidence comes from those who listen to me, encourage me and support me. In this year, 2019, I promise to honor that forward.
In closing, I’ll leave you with some of the more thought provoking quotes that pushed me to my best, authentic self. Happy New Year!
Special thanks to King Sherpa who traveled with me so I could race. I appreciate all of his support on this wild ride. Let’s do it again in 2019…this time, it’s your year! Ironman Lake Placid, baby! I’m gonna spectate the shit out of Placid like it’s Cancun.