Success! Now Onto Something Else…

December 31st, 2011

The last of my posts for 2011 is going to be all about my One Word. You know, that word that symbolized the last year? That word that’s going to symbolize the next year? Funny, my post on this last year looks similar to one I was thinking of writing tonight, but I’ve got something else in mind now…

What is your “one word”? One word for this year, one word for next year. (via Amy)

So my one word for 2011 was “success.” And in a lot of ways, I believe I achieved it. I made some major progress with my blog – I even just got a paycheck from BlogHer for reviews written on here recently – I’m making money from blogging! Who knew? Okay, fine, it’s not a lot, but it’s something.

I presented to audiences both medium and small on topics of passion for me – technology, feminism, blogging – and even made my online presenting debut (now to clip it and share for all). Oh, and I had my tech blog featured in a national newsletter, wrote a few guest posts and gained some major respect in that area.

I got promoted at work to Director – that’s some pretty big success right there.

I completed a triathlon – not pretty, but I did it.

So hey, that’s a pretty successful year I’ve had overall.

But it was missing a few things. So now that I’ve got some of this under my belt, we’re going to focus on a new word for 2012: Jailbreak.

Okay, obviously this is on my mind, as I’ve been held hostage at the hospital for the last three nights and will be here for another, so I’m ready to break out of here, and that would be a wonderful way to start the new year.

But I also want to break out of a few other things:

My fear of taking risks – good risks, risks that would take me beyond what I’ve already achieved to what I really want.

Stress – I have a good feeling that there is a reason I ended up in the hospital at the end of this year…and it wasn’t just asthma. I say this especially after having spent the other night writing emails for work from my hospital bed. Yeah, time to reassess those priorities and boundaries.

Boundaries – yes, it’s time to set them. And it’s time to break some – time to get my passions and the people I love back into more areas of my life, and not keep them quarantined to “non-work” time. Especially since that apparently hasn’t existed much lately. I’m ready to make my life about those people and about me again.

Bad habits – for the first time in ages, I’ve decided to set New Year’s resolutions – that’s for another post, but I’ve got some in mind. And I’m dedicated to keeping them, as I think they are going to be important for my health, for my family, and for my happiness.

So, as you can see, I have plenty of things from which I need to “jailbreak” myself – I think it’s an appropriate word to start the year, all be it rather out there. Then again, I like to be different – shocking, I know.

Here’s to 2012, may it be a year of happiness, love, success, growth and breaking out. Cheers!