2017 was the year of “intent” for me. It helped me to carve out what I needed for ME and I am so grateful for it. The focus allowed me the space to think of my life and where I wanted to take it. I’m walking away with three things I’m most proud of:
- I gave myself permission to put myself first. I have been going to therapy since inauguration day. It was single-handedly the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. Everyone can benefit from therapy.
- After suffering the unfathomable loss from our miscarriage in June, I felt empowered. I started the conversation with so many women I know to wipe away any shame they or I, might be feeling. It was not my fault. I am not alone.
- I finally took a good, hard look at where I want my career to be in 30 years. I accepted a product owner and lead designer role for Hudl’s design system, Uniform. This is a massive step to bringing me closer to my goals and helping me to define my career.
Looking to 2018 I want to continue this thinking. So I’ve chosen the word “focus.”
I have a tendency to be a bit distracted, and in most cases this happens because I simply have too much going on. I want to focus on what’s important to me: my family, my friends, my home, and my goals. With that attention, naturally, some trimming will have to be done. I’m aiming for less responsibilities, less extra-curricular activities, less engagements, and less over-commitment. This is a welcome change. Every day I’m closer to completing my 30th lap around the sun, and I am just exhausted from the running.
Here’s to focus! I’m excited to meet you 2018.