It's that time of the new year, where New Year's resolutions start to wax and wain if they haven't already. I didn't really make any resolutions this year, not that I don't have goals that I'm working towards, but I just didn't have anything that I wanted to set in stone right off the bat.
At the beginning of this year, I read two articles that have been in my thoughts for all of January, making me think beyond the "I'd like to lose 10 pounds" and propelling me forward.
The first article highlights people who didn't achieve success until after they were forty. The fact that I'm turning 30 this year sometimes comes up and smacks me down because I'd always thought I'd be at a different place than I am now in my life. I don't know about you, but I put a ton of pressure on myself to accomplish goals within a certain time frame and when it doesn't happen, I get discouraged and wonder if it ever will. This article reminded me that success can happen at any point in a person's life. I'm not locked into the "I have to reach my goals and do all the thing by the time I'm 30 or 35." Would I like it to happen before I'm 80? Yes. But forget about the fat lady, life ain't over til it's over, folks and we've got until than to see our dreams realized.
Did you know that Vera Wang designed her first dress after she was forty? Amazing, right? You can read about her and others who reached their goals later life in this article here.
The second article is by Whitney English, designer of the Day Designer and also a blogger. I love Whitney's blog because her articles are always so full of wisdom and common sense for life and business. Her article at the beginning of this year, "Beyond Resolutions," really struck a chord with me, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. In this article Whitney encourages her readers to focus more on the kind of person they want to be rather than just what they'd like to do. The way she weaves being and doing together in this post is thought provoking. I hope you take the time to read it because I really believe it can impact your whole approach not just to this coming year, but also your approach to each day. You can read the article here.
What is motivating you in this new year? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!