I’ve spent some time over the last month considering this last 12 months as I sit and write my final blog post of 2017.
I have to say that while there are lots of things I’m glad I did this year, and many people I hope I’ve supported along the way, the thing I’m most personally proud of is these weekly emails. I realize that if you’re reading this, it might be the first or third you’ve read. Or maybe you’ve read many or all of them. Perhaps you look forward to this weekly message, or maybe not. Whatever it is for you, I sincerely hope that you’ve gotten something of value from the message I’ve been trying to share.
But the reason I’m feeling so very proud, is that in early-ish 2017, after feeling like my business was faltering for a number of months, in early June, I received a challenge from a dear friend, to stop sitting back, and to finally start sending a weekly email to the people in my community. And starting on June 21, 2017, I have written and sent a Wisdom Wednesday message to my email list each week.
That’s 28 Wisdom Wednesday messages!
To give you perspective on how huge this is...I started a blog in 2012. I wrote 2 posts and never published them. In 2015, I partnered with a colleague and started a new blog. I wrote 3 or 4 posts over about a year but could never get around to writing regularly. In 2016, I started writing sporadically, but I couldn’t figure out how to be consistent.
Back to 2017. At the beginning, it was tough to figure out what to write. When I was on vacation I was tempted to skip a week or two. It would have been easier to quit a few times. Like when there was no cell service and no Wi-Fi while we were camping.
Then I got a message from a reader who said that the messages I send have changed her life.
I kept writing.
And for the first time I started reading blogs of people whose messages are so meaningful to me…The Minimalists were first, then Courtney Carver from Be More with Less, and most recently Cait Flanders. This has helped me to connect more strongly with my own message.
It got a bit easier to know what to write as time has passed. The message that springs from my heart to write about has become so much more obvious. It can be distilled into:
Get Clear, Simplify and Do Something Worthwhile
Now, as we come to the end of this year and move thoughtfully into the next, what do I hope that you will take away from this? Simply this…
In summary, thank you to 2 very special people who have helped me to achieve this goal of writing that was hidden for so long. Sheryl M. who gave me the challenge and helped me pick the name, and Jessica N. who on a very regular basis helps me to stay accountable to myself.
And thank you to YOU the person who read this post to the end (or maybe just some of it). Know that I’m here to cheer you on and support you as you set your own personal goals for 2018.
Happy New Year to you all!