Hello friends! Happy New Year, although a day late. I hope that your 2023 is off to a good start!
My good friend Megan Cayton shared with me an Instagram post from Danielle Robay, challenging her readers to answer these 23 life questions for 2023 (and to reflect on 2022). Here they are:
- What was the bravest thing you did in 2022?
- What 3 things brought you personal happiness aside from friends and family?
- What got in the way of fulfilling your happiness in 2022?
- What is the one change you made this year that improved the quality of your life?
- What is one thing you want to: Quit? Learn? Try? Have? Start? Continue to do?
- How did you speak to yourself this year? What three things can you give yourself credit for in 2022?
- Were you dishonest with yourself or others at any point this past year?
- What is your most memorable story/experience from this past year?
- What was your biggest struggle this year? What did it teach you?
- Who poured into you this year that you want to thank?
- What’s something you couldn’t do a year ago that you can do today?
- What’s one thing you want to be able to say you can do a year from now that you can’t do yet?
- What promise do you keep breaking to yourself? Why?
- One promise you will make to yourself this year is _____.
- Is there anyone in your life you can offer forgiveness to today?
- Who in your life can you listen to more attentively this year?
- Where and with whom do you feel the most at home?
- What was your biggest time waster in your life this past year?
- What will you do for the first time this year?
- What is the one adventure you will take this year?
- When you soften your eyes, what do you see in your heart?
- What one-word intention or theme do you home will define your 2023?
- What would you do this next year if you knew you could not fail?
These are interesting questions, not much different than the branding questions from my last post. However, I would really like to address questions #1, #4, and #8 – which centers around change.
When I made the decision to retire this time last year (January 2022), I believe it was the second most challenging change I made over the last 15 years (making a 100% commitment to Rebecca and our marriage in 2021 was #1). I remember having the conversation with my dear friend Megan about this decision – and she shared that she believed that UNCG was holding me back from accomplishing so much more in my life. Right then and there, I decided it was time to leave. And even though leaving a full-time job at 4-year institutions for the first time in 32 years was REALLY HARD – and REALLY RIGHT! Do I look back at my decision to leave with any regrets? NOPE! Yes, there are a few challenges now that I’m only working part-time, but I know that it was the right thing for me to do in order to do the thing that God put me on this earth to do – Life Design Catalyst work!
I’ll be sharing more on that tomorrow…