Veganversary Year In Review- Have More Meaningful Goals in 2017
Marie Forleo, whom I just adore, outlined the top three questions in her episode entitled “Year In Review: 3 Questions Before Your New Year Resolution.” You can find the episode here on MarieTV.
As with any job, you are measured on performance. A lot of times, there is someone else measuring our performance and it may be good, bad, or ugly. But as I was doing this, I realized in my personal life that a lot of times I move into a new year without taking measure of the previous year. How well did I do at spending time with God? How often did I spend connected time with family—and as a part of this year’s goal, how well did I take care of Maisha? My husband is very good at measuring his performance. He dedicates his birthdays as a day to reflect on his previous year. What a great way to spend a birthday.
On January 15, 2017 it was my Veganversary…yay!!!! So I decided to answer Marie’s questions for myself before I moved on with implementing 2017 goals. Although we are the third week in January there is still time to share these with you so that you too can do your own year in review. The questions are: 1) What did I do, create, or experience this year that I am really proud of? 2) What mistakes did I make that taught me something or that I can leverage? 3) What am I willing to let go of?
Once you are done, please share in the comments below the one thing in 2016 that you did, created, or experienced that you are really proud of. Then move on to either creating your 2017 goals, tweaking them based on how you answered, or fully working toward them. So here are my answers:
What did I do, create, or experience this year that I am really proud of?
On January 15, 2016 I became a vegan. I have been practicing a vegan diet now for a year and have been sharing my experience and recipes on my blog since April of 2016. I’m proud that I have been able to be consistent and really put my creativity to use.
I love to cook. My friends and family love my cooking. But on a vegan diet, you must find ways to be creative or re-create. This is what this diet pushed me to do. 2016 I mastered the art of making macaroni and cheese out of cashew nut cheese and it was literally described as “amazing” after sharing the recipe. If you would like to try it, click the link here and let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on my Instagram (@solkissedvegan) or on my Facebook page at Sol Kissed Vegan.
What mistakes did I make that taught me something or that I can leverage?
I am a successful leader in corporate america. With this comes major reward and major pain in the form of stress, disappointment and large doses of corporate politics. My mistake in 2016 (and to be honest 2015 as well) was allowing my position in corporate America to consume my mind which overall has affected my body and my spirit. The stress is tremendous and all consuming. I have a great team who I go to bat for on a daily basis but oftentimes I bring the fight and the defensiveness home to my family and allow the issues of work to ruminate for long periods of time.
With mistakes come lessons. The lessons that I have learned in these experiences are that 1) it is important that I take care of myself not just physically but also become focused on caring for my mind and spirit, and 2) that I must share how to do this with other women who also are struggling to care for their mind, body, and spirit. All of this is a journey and as I learn better I should do better. Overall, I hope to inspire the mommies, wives, single women, and the women leaders, who pour themselves into others, into their careers, and into their families regularly but who fail to fill their cups daily.
What am I willing to let go of?
I am willing to let go of the mommy guilt. This is very difficult as there are constantly times I question decisions that I have made with my kids. The problem with mommy guilt is that unfortunately there is no manual for how to raise kids. This results in “OJT” or on the job training. This year I am willing to lay aside the guilt, continue to pray for guidance, and count mistakes as lessons learned and realize that OJT will always be a reality in parenting.
Finally, for 2017, Sol Kissed Vegan will move into a greater more purposeful direction. My goal is no longer to only concentrate on my physical health through my vegan nutrition (although there will still be plenty of recipes and information that will be posted) but I will be implementing a more holistic approach. I have challenged myself to take a more active step in creating a more balanced life in mind, body, and spirit. This means that I will be taking action to care for my mind and spirit as well and will be sharing this on the blog. Sol Kissed Vegan will focus on this holistic journey.
I’m very excited for you to take this journey with me. Take measure of your year with these year in review questions and determine if you need to focus more on your well-being. Once you determine this, maybe your goal for this year is to begin making and implementing goals that incorporate your well-being into the equation. I don’t have all the answers. I am learning with you. The hope is that in this journey I inspire you, who pour yourselves daily into others, to also take daily action to fill your cups. Remember you cannot pour from an empty cup, so let’s continue to sip on tea (tangible effective actions) that allow us to care for ourselves.