Jan 1, 2012

Reflecting on 2011...on to 2012!

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope you all enjoyed the 2011 holiday season as much as I did.  I had fun, stressed a bit too much, learned from my stressing and had a GREAT time!!  And I'm SO ready and excited to begin 2012 it's not funny.  But like wise men say, you have to know where you came from in order to move forward.  So here's my list of the 11 most important things I accomplished in 2011.

2011 Accomplishments
1.  Dylan's asthma is under control.  After an extremely challenging 2010/2011 winter, Dylan's asthma is finally under control.  And after losing my pulmonologist of 2 years to retirement, I'm happy to say that I've found a wonderful replacement.  He's a leader in his field and, most importantly, looks to partner with me on what's best for Dylan which is both refreshing and awesome.  Dylan is off most of the steroids she was on since she was in the hospital in October 2009 and has not had any major incidents since changing her regimen.  I can actually say I can relax when it comes to Dylan's asthma. Yay!!!

2. I changed my work situation.  After being out of work between October 2010 and January 2011 due to Dylan's health, my priority was to be sure she was well taken care of and I knew that meant that my days of working full time were over.  Thankfully, my prayers were answered and I found a part-time job - WITH BENEFITS - at started there in March 2011.

3. I came to terms with living with my family.  I think anyone that knows me knows that by no way shape or form did I want to return to living in Brownsville or with my family.  However, when you realize what your priorities are, details become secondary.  I'm happy to be living with people who knew me and are getting to know me again.  Dylan's blossomed because of her daily interaction with my mom, sister, aunts, and her cousins and I've found joy in the madness of it all!

4. I came up with a plan for 2011 and beyond and executed.  Part-time pay sucks.  There's no other way to say it.  So I decided that I wouldn't be able to continue to live this way for too long and when I realized that things with the job wouldn't allow me to increase my hours, I decided that I'd have to find a full time job that not only excited me but that would allow me to also be me, i.e., live my passion for social networking and growing my ChuggyBear Entertainment business.  I'm happy to say that I was able to land a new role in November and it's all that I asked for.

5. I took advantage of opportunities that presented themselves.  From applying for a part-time job that I found out about 2 days before my last day at my full-time job despite my reservations about the job, to realizing that my original thoughts on how to grow the ChuggyBear Entertainment brand had to be amended, to beginning a work relationship with a fellow entrepreneur that I absolutely adore, admire and am motivated by (LOVE YA, CARMEN!!!), I was focused on seeing opportunities as they came up and then taking complete advantage of them.  It's put me in a great place to accomplish all I envision and more in 2012.

6. I made myself and my plans flexible.  As I saw opportunities show themselves to me, I had to make a decision to either stay on plan and ignore the opportunity (internal thinking: "that's not right for me") or to take a risk and see what happened (internal thinking: "maybe this will work for me!").  Boy, am I glad I took risks!  It made for an exciting year where I was able to realize how strong a person I am and allowed me to open my thought process up to bigger and better things.

7. I showed resolve when faced with challenges and adversity.  This was a tough and humbling year for me.  At times my psyche was shaken, even bruised.  While in a weak emotional state, I was faced with some challenges that had me wondering if I'd make a mistake with some of my decisions.  I had some days and nights where I cried and wondered what the future held for me.  But I stuck to my guns and decided to believe in myself and the decisions I'd made, even when I knew I had no other choice by to do so, and kept it moving.  At the end of it all, I survived and was able to look back and really be proud of myself that I'd simply kept it going.  It proved to me that if I do believe in myself and stay the course, I'll get to where I need to be.  I may have some hurdles and obstacles but those can always be navigated; just stay the course.

8. I was true to myself when it came to my heart.  I hate to admit it, but I'm not ready for love or a long term commitment.  I'm still gun shy about making myself vulnerable to someone else and so although I've had  meaningful relationships in 2011, I plan in 2012 to simply enjoy the relationships I have, to always grow from them and to allow myself the option to be vulnerable.  I can't "protect" my heart forever, but I will continue to be careful with it.

9. I learned to appreciate the little things.  Sometimes the joy in life comes in small packages.  And in this day and age, we must all take a moment to celebrate and enjoy any true moments of happiness we come across.  Right now, for me, it's me enjoying watching Dylan realize things.  Just seeing her face when she saw the ball drop on TV and realized that she'd "stayed up until it was tomorrow" is priceless and the kind of stuff that gives me the energy to do all I need to.

10. I remembered the value of friendship and relationships.  Excellence is never accomplished alone and I'm no different.  I want to thank all those that were there for me when I had a moment of weakness and doubt.  I want to thank those that made me laugh and really had my back (LOVE YOU CECILIA).  Thank you to The Closers who went on a 16 week journey with me this year. And thanks to my family and friends who always remind me who I was, who I am and who I can be!  We'll have even more time and fun together in 2012!

11. I envisioned my future, was thankful for it, worked toward it and experienced it.  Nuff said. And there's more of that to come in 2012.

2011 was tough, don't get me wrong.  But it made me stronger, a better person, a better mom and ready for 2012!! In my next post, I'll let you know about all I have planned for this year...and beyond!!

Let's get it! One!

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