So it has been a long time since I have blogged. Things have been crazy since the last time I wrote. Let’s see I was in a car accident while training for a half marathon. Then I got a promotion at work that turned into full time way earlier than expected. So I would say the last part of 2016 was a time of transition for me. But now we are in 2017 and I am at a place in my life where I have to learn to not just focus on just seeing clients and making it through the day, but I have to learn to maintain all aspects of my personal life at the same time. Which includes being more consistent with blogging. So here goes!
My first blog of 2017 is about what I am already learning for 2017 and not about my goals for 2017. My word for this year is “Completion.” God gave me this word because there are several things that I have allowed to be carried over into 2017 that should have stayed in 2016. For reasons of fear, procrastination, and just being busy I allowed these things to enter into a new year which is unacceptable. I can continue to make excuses or I can do something about it. I am choosing to correct my mistakes. Also, there are new opportunities that I will encounter in 2017 that must be completed in 2017. As I refuse to continue to make the same mistakes.
This year I am not going to publicly reveal my goals list, but as I go throughout the year I will share different things that are on my list and my personal journey to completing them. I will still be an advocate about issues that are important to me. And share the life lessons that I learn along the way. I look forward to the journey of 2017 and my continued growth. I hope each of you join me on this journey of completion!
So I realized this week I have not posted since June. The reason, because I have been in transition. In June I started a new job while continuing to handle two cases at my old job. Not only did I switch jobs, but I have switched settings. I am moving from working with juveniles in the residential setting to working outpatient conducting therapy in homes with all ages and diagnoses. In my planning of this, I expected it to take two weeks, four tops. After all I have worked outpatient before and I have worked in homes before. Boy was I wrong! I am still in the process of transitioning and adapting all areas of my life to my new job and setting.
When I was in my doctoral program, one of my professors had us read The Way of Transition by William Bridges. There was a quote from that book that I have carried with me; “Transition…is the process of letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become.” Some where over the last two and a half months I forgot about this quote.
This week I almost had a melt down. Yes even psychologists have melt downs. I did not get my notes and a report in on time and I was beating myself up. I have spent the last three weeks trying to rebalance life where work is not taking over everything. And what happens, something with work falls. Then I went to a great luncheon on Tuesday with a group of women who are in various transitions of their own. One of those ladies reminded me that transition takes time and can’t be rushed. And today, I remembered Mr. Bridges quote and found another one that has brought me peace:
While I have made it through the change, I am still in transition.
This week has taught me that I have to completely let go of the way things were in order to grab hold of the way they will be. There are certain things that are stable, but most things have to be let go. So tonight I toast and embrace the transition that I am in. I look forward to what is to come. And I choose to rest in the midst of uncertainty letting my faith be my strength. Oh, and I will allow myself to have a learning curve.
It has been a minute since I have posted. Last year one of my goals was to post at least every week and I did not meet that goal. The first part of the year was great! The second half of the year I ran into a lot of illness and found myself tired trying to manage everything. So of course this goal will remain for this year, but I have a new tool to assist me with this and all other areas of my life.
As 2014 closed out, I sat and wrote the following Facebook post: “As I sit in the last minutes of 2014, I contemplate how I am not where I wanted to be at but God continues to bless me and protect me. Then I looked up on my wall and I saw this saying.
It reminds me that I have the power to change my circumstances. There will be things that are out of my control, but I have control over how I let them affect me. There are some things that I have allowed to hold me back. Things that I have allowed to make me fearful and think less of myself. I am taking back my power and control. I will conquer the things that I need to and I will continue to move forward and succeed. I will have a new testimony in 2015!” I am geared up and ready to take on 2015, which brings me to my new tool.
Meet the Passion Planner! This is “An all-in-one weekly appointment calendar, journal, goal setting guide, to-do list, and gratitude log integrated in one planner” that was developed by young lady who was looking for a tool to assist her in accomplishing her goals. I found out about this tool from a post by one of my friends on Facebook. When I looked at the layout I fell in love! I literally carry a book with me that serves as a journal and place to write down anything I need. My schedule has been kept electronically and I did not have a specific place where I kept my goals. So to have one book that will include everything was mind blowing! My hard copy has not arrived yet, but the creator was kind enough to give access to the PDF version while waiting for the tangible item.
So today has been my 2015 planning day! I sat down and completed the Wish List and Passion Road Map for the first set of goals I want to accomplish. I then worked on revising my schedule to accommodate not only my daily activities, but also steps to reaching my goals. This year I will keep an electronic and paper copy of my schedule. Throughout the year I will post about using the Passion Planner and how it is assisting me in reaching my goals. You can find out more about the Passion Planner by visiting http://www.passionplanner.com/.