My Big Win for 2013

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win-winI just wrapped up a coaching call with my coach and, while I had many wins to celebrate that I’m proud of over the last year, one of them is easy to quantify and I wanted to share it with you.

I made $1,000 less in 2013 than I did in 2012.

Yep, that’s it.  Not what you’d expect, is it? But you may not realize how big of a win this truly is for me.

You see, in 2012, I worked about 70 hours a week.  I worked every day, all day long.  Sometimes, I didn’t leave my apartment for days.  I worked hard.  I loved what I did so that made it an easy pattern to be in and yet I knew it wasn’t healthy and I longed for more in my life.

I decided to begin making some changes.  I started going to bed earlier and getting up earlier so I could achieve my goal of being able to play at night, once spring arrived, instead of working all the time.  I wanted to be out in nature and soaking up the sun and enjoying life.

I achieved that goal and stopped working evenings and then weekends soon followed.

In late summer, I began caring for my grandson two days a week.  That meant I had to fit all my work into 3 days a week.  I had to get super productive, exercise better boundaries and prioritize.  I had to let some things go because other things were more important to me.  I was worried about the impact this would have and thought I’d just go back to working some evenings and weekends, if I needed to, but I didn’t.

If someone had told me this was possible, I would have never believed them.  Make the same thing in 24 hours a week as I made in 70?  Not possible.  But I discovered it is.  I love the freedom I have.  I love the choices I have in my life.  I love knowing that I can make things happen, when I set my mind to it.

I also love knowing that this is possible for all of us.  It’s possible for you…today.

What is it you desire?  What will motivate you to make those positive shifts in your life?  What will give you peace in your heart?

I’d love to hear about your successes AND your upcoming goals for 2014 below.  I hope you’ll take a moment to share.

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