One of my favorite quotes begins like this: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." While I ended 2010 with my non-goals, I'd like to start 2011 with my intentions for the new year, all of which I hope will focus me on the continued quest to embrace my "light."
*open up to others more often: though I'm a rather private and protective person by nature, I'd like to try talking to strangers more often and letting down my guard a little more this year. I bet I'll discover there's much to be gained from opening up more than I'm used to.
*embrace the process, don't hurry to the end: this year is going to be one filled with challenges and change. I'm moving to a new city, I'm growing a start-up, and I'm stepping into new levels of responsibility. I hope I remember that this time of personal growth and challenge is all part of a beautiful process and bigger picture. I'd like to enjoy the ride more often and stress about the end a bit less.
*launch a new personal site: I think 2011 calls for a little update to the ol' blog. I'd love to create a personal site that more accurately reflects who I am, and include things like an "about me" section, my design portfolio, and more. It's time to take things to the next level.
*prioritize my workouts: I'm a bit of a workaholic so I'm pretty much on my laptop working from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed. I have the tendency to push my trips to the gym off in the urgency of getting "just a few more emails" out the door until it's too late to go at all. An hour at the gym to clear my mind and move my body is more important than any email, and I need to remember that. Health comes first.
*do something unrelated to design: Design is my passion so I am grateful that I get eat, breath, and live it every day as I've built my career and hobbies around it. But I'd like to be a more well-rounded person and build friendships in new circles and stretch myself to go outside my comfort level.
Here's to having an intentional new year! I hope your 2011 is off to a great start!
*image via From Scandinavia with Love