January: 2011 was amazing until the very last day of the year but January always comes with a clean slate and piece of crisp, white chalk to write with.
February: Never underestimate how much strength you truly have. Sometimes you may even prefer to be weak because it’s easier but those like me understand that weakness is not an option; not even in temporary form.
March: The “me” in social MEdia is an oxymoron.
April: The things that you want most are already yours. You just have to lighten up on the reigns of control and let things happen for a reason.
May: Great friendships CAN be created from online connections in business and in life. Surrounding yourself with others doing what you dream of doing is the fastest way to actually doing.
June: Sometimes you change course unintentionally but as long as you base your decisions on feel-good feelings; it will always be the right one. It’s not quitting on a dream yet retiring an idea for a better one.
July: Others will test your strength…sometimes, all at once. Thank them.
August: Take risks. Don’t allow fear to control the only life that you get. Use your fear as an indicator. The more fear you feel the more you’ll know that it’s something you need to do. With that said; taking risks and being risky are two different things. Don’t get so caught up in the adrenaline rush that you neglect those closest to you. BALANCE.
September: Hard work does pay off but, ironically, only when it doesn’t feel like work. Do the work that YOU want to do. There’s so much more world out there to see. Take it all in. Schedule time to travel and connect with others; even if it’s the next state over.
October: Try harder…in love, work, and life in general. Make a conscious effort to look for your part in a problem. Consider the facts; don’t consume yourself with someone else’s negativity; don’t jump to conclusions (even if you know that you’re right) because being right is usually a small, unimportant part of the equation.
November: Love and friendship go hand-in-hand; the thrill of the chase can turn into more of a race; Everyone goes through tough times…the best love, the best friends, and the best business relationships…EVERYONE. Don’t judge others because you don’t and won’t know the full story to their struggle; just because someone struggles in one of the relationships mentioned above doesn’t mean that it’s not a good relationship and a needed experience in the form of a struggle.
December: Motivation, under promising/over delivering and time-management are skills that I need to work on in 2013; the ends, sometimes, justify the means; wishing pain on your enemy is like drinking poison but waiting for THEM to die; harsh words can make you feel better and worse at the same time; nothing that a good person does can make them a bad person…they either are or they aren’t; the walls that you put up will never be tall enough to hide from true love or shield you from vulnerability so be sure to put down the blaming finger, express your feelings more (because a person’s feelings are never “wrong”) and, more importantly, listen with duct tape on your lips. Weakness IS an option; karma is a bitch and then you die. No…that’s not how that goes…sorry…Don’t ever underestimate the power of Karma…she’s a force to be reckoned with. BUT, if you happen to run into her…give her bacon. OK, forget it! I think I’ll leave her alone in 2013. How about the truth shall set you free but sometimes it’s unnecessary? Don’t be a glutton; use the facts to get you to the solution…just the needed facts. Don’t ever feel sorry for yourself…if it’s truly needed, others will feel sorry FOR you. Sometimes, what looks like a time of weakness for one person may actually be a cry for help and what looks like weakness in another may actually be a sign of strength. *I learned a lot last month*
Here’s to taking out 2013 with a swift upper cut early on so that you can dance around the ring with your arms in the air at the end of the year!