We've crossed the halfway mark, folks. We're in the beginning days of July, which means we're in the beginning days of the 2nd half of 2013. How's it lookin' for y'all so far?
As I sat home yesterday celebrating Canada Day (yay for poutine, good healthcare, and Ryan Gosling!), I thought about what the first half of 2013 meant to me, and pondered what the remainder of the year would look like. I took a look at my vision board. I went back to my post on December 31st, 2012. I looked back over my Media + More page where I track some of the cool things I've done. It's scarily awesome that so many things I've wanted to happen have taken place already - albeit not always in the form I thought they would.
Looking at my vision board, I've had successes in the areas of hosting an '83 To Infinity event, jumping into public speaking, and growing as a published digital writer. Traveling to NYC was on there as well, and as my last blog post detailed, I've done that too. I wrote "Entrepreneurial experiences, entrepreneurial money" on the board, and I've been blessed to see both the experiences and the money come to fruition. I'm nowhere near rich and famous, but I'm glad that I've taken the baby steps to get to where I want to be.
In my post on New Year's Eve 2012, I wrote the following passage:
Like I said earlier, 2012′s theme was betrayal. I learned that anything is possible, in a negative way. For 2013, I’m armed with my vision board and clear goals – but I’m flipping the themes of 2012 into positive ones for the new year. Betrayal will turn into trust – most importantly, trust in myself. I’m telling myself that I can do it, I can go there, I can make the right decisions. If those decisions mean cutting loose the people who’ve betrayed and the situations that have caused me to 2nd guess myself, I trust that Bee knows what the hell she’s doing. And yes – in 2013, the “anything is possible” meme will continue, but in a positive light. As I wrote in a previous post, “thoughts become things”, so I will make it my mission to set my mind onto the positive and manifest my wildest dreams into reality.
2012 was like a devil on my shoulder, whispering all kinds of negative and hurtful things in my ear. Luckily, 2013 has become an angel on my other shoulder, pushing me to move past the past and take charge of the present and future. There have been low points, tough lessons, and hot, angry tears - but overall? I've made it through the first half of 2013 with a glass half full mentality. I do trust myself more. I do know what the hell I'm doing. I've made gains in 6 months that only rested in my imagination for the longest time - and while it's not always easy, it's always been worth it.
One of the other things I wrote on my vision board was "Get the f*ck out of your comfort zone!" Listen. I don't even remember what my comfort zone feels like anymore. One look at my Media + More page shows me I've done at least one thing every month that I've never done before. From co-hosting a webshow to being hired as an official event blogger to being featured in Ebony Magazine to being on TV to planning and executing a comedy show - so many incredible opportunities have presented themselves because people thought I was capable of pulling them off. Pride hasn't come solely from being able to confirm that for them, but in confirming it for myself.
To put it plainly, the 1st 6 months of 2013 have been awesome, game-changing, and busy as all hell. So, where am I putting my energies for the 2nd half of the year? Squarely on myself.
There are still health and wellness issues I have to work out. Being as insanely busy as I was from January-June means that I got to a point where balance was nothing but a word in the dictionary. I'm still working to get my mind, body, and soul back to a place of equilibrium, because I've been so incredibly off lately. Getting enough sleep, working out, eating right, taking time to unwind and destress - those are some of the things I'll be working on. I've already put the wheels in motion to check a few more things off of my vision board, so my beast mode hasn't been deactivated - I just need to do a better job of balancing all of life's various aspects. Needless to say, I'm excited about the future, and can't wait to see how the next 6 months will play out. You know I'll have some more exciting news to share with y'all soon, so as always - stay tuned!
How has the 1st half of 2013 been for you? If you do vision boards or goal lists, how are they looking? Is there anything you wanted to have happen by now that hasn't yet? Do you have a game plan for the 2nd half of the year? Let a sista know!