A couple weeks ago, my friend Vernon sent me a text: We really have lost 2 years.
I guess it’s all a matter of perspective, right? At first glance, that message felt kinda grim. Like… what the hell happened these past two years? Pandemic, lockdowns, civil unrest, a nail-biter election, and moar civil unrest aside,
I am sooo appreciative for all that’s happened *for me*, FULL STOP. 🛑
Read that again.
It’s really hard to see the big picture when you’re faced with so much adversity in-the-moment but I’d argue that hindsight is 20/22. (See what I did there? 😉😉) I’ve sifted and sorted through so much crap these past two years that I’m ready to (in the words of Abraham-Hicks) cash in my vibrational chips. 🌈✨
Dream Job Is Just a Vehicle
2021 was indeed a tough year but I’m so appreciative of the many opportunities I had to ask…and ask…and ask some more. This year has been so clarifying, especially on the work front. In fact, 2021 is the year I realized I no longer have the stomach for startups/small companies. #missmewiththatbullshit 😬
My brother was right. They’re chop shops. You learn a ton and get out. It was a great vehicle at the time/now it’s time to hop onto the next one.
I’ve gained so much clarity these past couple of years that I actually came up with 4 criteria for the next startup I work for:
- They better be well-funded. (‘Nuff said.)
- I better be WELL-PAID. (#dumblooksarestillfree)
- I better believe in it. (Because all bets are off if I don’t.)
- There had better be significant equity involved. (Duh?)
Yup, I fucking said it.
The next startup idea/or small company I work for is my own. ⚡Tweet
That being said, I’m so grateful for that era of my life.
Because I learned how to be fearless and trust in my own abilities. #boom
I’m really happy with where I’m at now because of the many opportunties I have to expand. I get to go to battle with a team that supports me from all sides. Can you believe it? I do things out of inspiration instead of fear these days. I go the extra mile because it’s fun. (LoL, don’t judge me Vernon!!!) 😹
The (life) skills I learned during the startup era of my life have set me up for the next and the next and for that, I’m eternally thankful. #shesabadass
Body Image & Perfection
This one has been a long time coming.
I do believe that our bodies are a direct reflection of the thoughts we think and 2021 has a year where I’ve thought better thoughts. 🙏
I know I can do better in 2022. I’m one good cut away from where I want to be and I feel ready to line up with the vortex version of myself: slender, strong, and flexible. 💪
One of the things I learned this year is to make it fun. Unlike previous new years resolutions, I’m not focused on the marks on the chart or suffering/enduring my way there. That’s so pre-pandemic. 🖕🙄
In 2022, I’m going to run a 5k with my nephew Austin looking my absolute best. 🙌
That’s right. I’m buying him a running stroller, helmet, and pinwheels.
I’ve already written the local women’s 5k/half and they said strollers are allowed! YAY!! Barring no covid scares, I should be able to cross the finish line with the little chicken nugget. Otherwise, it’s going to be an auntie/nephew thing when it gets warmer outside. 💕
I used to be such an open book about my goals but now I realize how much more powerful intentions are when I keep the peanut gallery OUT of it.
Perhaps I’ve grown up and don’t need the outside validation. I don’t have to prove worthiness or monuments for suffering my way to my dreams. Yes, that sounds about right. Hooray for the lighthouse lifestyle. Like me, hate me, SEO, do this, don’t do that, social media, blah blah blah..who cares? I’ll just *be* and shine bright. My tribe will find me.
See? Hindsight really is 2022. 😉
Until next time. <333!