I'm kind of tripping out right now that I'm doing another "year in review" podcast episode.
Where is the time going?! Do you feel like you say that every year? I do. The odd thing is that with the day-to-day it doesn't feel like time is flying by. I've made a very conscious effort to be present with whatever I'm doing so for that I'm grateful. I just can't believe we're about to enter another New Year.
O.K., enough of my wonderings about time passing quickly... let's get onto the year in review shall we?
The Truth About 2015
When I was thinking about the title for this post (and yes, I totally used the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer which I LOVE) I started laughing to myself because it almost implies I've been lying (or have lied) about the past year. Fortunately for me I think you guys know me well enough to know that it simply means I'm going to share it all... the ups AND the downs. No sugar coating here, although you don't have to worry about me being a negative nelly either. That's not how I roll.
I'm going to structure this post a little different than previous 'year-in-review' posts I've done. Instead of going through the year in chronological order I'm going to start at the end. As in December of 2015.
This year kind of kicked my butt.
I have a tendency to go and go until I hit a wall, then I crash, then I recuperate. This used to bother me until I realized that this was my process. Now when I feel the crash coming I honor it and check out for a bit. It works better for me to keep going when the inspiration is there (I don't really push myself anymore because that tends to backfire) and then when I can't go anymore I take the much needed rest. This usually happens for me around Christmastime but it hit me earlier this year.
By mid-November I was FRIED.
I needed to slow down, put the brakes on a few things and listen to what I needed most, which was simplicity.
I decided to take the month of from my Mastermind, made sure I wasn't over scheduled and canceled any webinars or major promotions for myself or other people.
I actually said No.
And it felt great.
The time away from the external influences allowed me to get really clear on what I'm doing and where I'm going. Before I get into where I'm going, I want to look back at 2015, the experiences, the lessons, the successes, all of it. This is going to be a mix of business and personal for me because I can't necessarily separate the two. I am my business and I love what I do.
I had some great trips in 2015, both for business and personal. I went to all 3 of my mastermind trips (Vegas in February, where we raced Ferrari's, Maui in June where we went snorkeling and Orlando in October where we went to Universal Studios). I brought my dear friend and project manager to Maui with me (that was a blast) and brought my son & niece to Orlando. Maui was probably my favorite because it was a great combination of relaxation and work (inspiration/motivation). While the kids were great in Orlando, I don't think I'll be bringing family on any of those trips again. I don't want to feel responsible for anyone other than myself when I go away for business and there's no way around that when you bring kids (of course The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was awesome).
I also went to Vegas in May for the first Click Funnels event and then onto the south of France with my daughter in July for her graduation. I actually ended up canceling (rescheduling) a trip to Ireland for the beginning of November because I was simply done traveling and wanted to be home.
What I learned:
While all the trips were great, I need more down time for myself. I made a commitment to myself a couple of years ago that I wouldn't go to conferences or on business trips that weren't relevant to what I was working on at that time and it's made a huge difference.
For 2016 I'm carrying that theme into the New Year but I'm going to take it a little fur...