Born to shine!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” ~~Chinese Proverb

 

It’s getting to be that time of year! I know, we still have to get through Thanksgiving and Christmahanakwanzika, but still! It’s almost New Year’s Resolution time! The time of year we make promises to ourselves that we’re going to break in less than six weeks.

 

“This year will be different!” you say. And I agree. I really, truly, madly, deeply (ha!) believe that 2015 will be better than 2014, and 2014 rocked pretty hard! I went from white belt in Tae Kwon Do to red belt decided in a year. “What does that mean?” It means that I am 6 months away from my first degree black belt. Think about it, black belt in EIGHTEEN MONTHS! I am already an assistant instructor, and I’m in the process of learning down-and-dirty self defense with plans to be an assistant instructor in that!

 

This year I ran my first half marathon, and I am very close to completing 100 miles run for the sake of running (I’m not training for anything right now) in November.

 

My kids are rocking their school at home, and my 8 year old, who may or may not be on the spectrum (I’m too afraid to get a diagnosis), is thriving in our quiet, less chaotic environment. He’s making progress in his ability to process loud noise and excessive activity, and I credit a lot of that to time at the dojang (tae kwon do studio), lots of prayer, and the essential oils I’ve been using on him.

 

I am loving life!

 

But I feel like I’m not accomplishing as much as I could be. I have so many goals, but I lack the ability to schedule time to work on all of them on any given day. Like blogging. It should be easy enough, right? I’m on the computer all the time anyway, it shouldn’t be hard to bang something out. No, seriously, I may never have one of those super-popular blogs (I kind of lack focus), but it still requires 30 minutes AT LEAST of uninterrupted time (that’s the key, with four little boys running around, it’s hard to get much writing done during the day).

 

I keep telling myself that I’m going to do 30 minutes of yoga every day, both to help with my flexibility for my martial arts and for run-related injury prevention. And I tell myself I’m going to do the first nine forms twice through every day. It should take like 20 minutes. And then there’s the running. Even after the 100 mile challenge is over, I’d like to keep going because I have noticed a marked improvement in my focus and ability to memorize forms and fighting combinations. But that takes an hour to an hour and a half. A thirty-minute run isn’t enough for me.

 

More than anything though, I want to succeed in business. I am a Damsel in Defense Pro, and I am on a mission to educate, equip, and empower women to protect themselves and their families.

 

Also, I have a debt that I’m working on eliminating. I’m following the Dave Ramsey Program, and I have baby step number one done, but it’s hard to pay down debt when you’re not bringing in much money.

 

I am confident, however, that 2015 will be the year that I accomplish more of my goals, because I have had success in 2014 in some of my other goals. I have successes to look back on and say, “Look, you’ve accomplished other stuff then, you certainly can accomplish stuff now!”

 

Sorry for the rambling! The TL;DR version is “I accomplished stuff in 2014, but I’m going to straight up SHINE in 2015!”

 

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

 

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