Reflections on a Year Well Spent
Updated: Jan 1
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"On January 2, 2022, you and I embarked on a new journey together."
For years, I wanted to be an author. I can remember when I was in third grade, I used to love watching PBS also known as APT (Alabama Public TV) at that time. One of the commercials in between programming was about kids who had authored books. I remember thinking then, I want to author a book. I remember that summer, garnering my Trapper Keeper and loose-leaf paper, I began authoring a book. I think the story had something to do with a goldfish. I took my unfinished tale with me to one of my great aunt's houses where we visited. Unfortunately, I accidentally left it there. Dreams of having my story published gone. And of course, the attention deficit issues had me moving on to the next idea.
As an adult, I have often told my fellow book reading friends that I would author a book. I had a list of different ideas over the years. Yet no book. Time marched on. I became engrossed in school and work. Still no book. More time marched on and so did I, evolving and changing along the way. I would dabble in entrepreneurship (read MLM here), chasing down high yielding CDs and savings accounts, stocks, and crypto with dreams of being my own boss and being wealthy. Each of these endeavors have been fun in their own ways. However, my passion, my root is in helping others. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling & psychology. I say this not to boast. I don't put much stock into credentials as I don't feel they are what make me, well me. However, I understand that generally, people won't take you seriously unless you have said credentials. It doesn't matter that I look for ways to upbuild, compliment, problem solve with those that I meet and have a record of doing so. People want to know your credentials. So, I got the credentials. And though the work gets challenging sometimes, going into the deep recesses of another's despair and fears, I can't see me doing anything else. I want to help others; specifically I want to help others focus on their growth and mental wellness. That is how Envision Coaching & Consulting LLC was born. I still save. I still invest in stock and crypto. I am pleased with the supplemental income these bring. But I want to help people.
So back to this journey. On January 2, 2022, you and I embarked on a new journey together. I began EnvisionCo Blog. I absolutely know how my attention span is with these things, so I set out with a very simple, measurable goal. Write one article per week. Meaning, at the end of the year, I would have 52 articles. That I authored. To be honest, I wasn't sure if I could do it. There were times, I absolutely wanted to skip out on writing for the week. Writer's block would hit hard. Any idea I had someone else had done (and probably had done it better). Yet I pressed on. Here we are, December 25, 2022, and I am composing my 52nd article of the year. I did it. And many of you have been here along the way. Thank you.
Our very first article, "New Year, New Me: All Starts with Time" encouraged readers to use time management as a strategy to relieve stress. We explored that those who manage time well find that they are no longer constantly rushing, frequently late, low on productivity, frustrated, impatient, or procrastinating. Now that we are at the end point of another year, take a moment to review this article before January 1. We all need reminders from time to time and this article may prove to be just what you need to get the incoming year off to a good start.
February, we kicked off Black History Month with our "Notable Quotables." In March we began tackling burnout and the Wellness Wheel. From that point on, my articles focused on a theme of at least one or more of the wellness wheel dimensions (physical wellness, intellectual wellness, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness, financial wellness, environmental wellness, and social wellness). Some articles were for informational purposes only while some others challenged you to take decisive action towards your wellness.
When even I needed an occasional break, we goofed off a little together (after all laughter is healing to the soul). Remember the article "Top 20 Picks: Poorly Explain What You Do for a Living" in which I chose my top 20 funnies where people explained what they did but in absolute horribly funny fashion? Or the article, "Laughter, Nature's Free Stress Relief Medicine" in which I ended my stress field week with laughs from the internet by sharing random corny jokes with you all.
Because I am a giver at heart, I also brought to you all 2 giveaways, in which my readers had the opportunity to win cash to their PayPal or Amazon gift card. I stumped you all in the "Let's Grow Together: Intellectual Wellness Giveaway" and there was unfortunately no winner. However, I couldn't let the year end that way and came right back with another giveaway, "Let's Grow Together: Emotional Wellness Giveaway" in which there was a winner to claim their prize to their PayPal account.
All in all, I have absolutely enjoyed our time here together at EnvisionCo Blog. I hope that I penned something that you found useful for your life. Because that is my goal and intention for this website and blog, to add value. This isn't all about me though. For this introvert, breaking out of her shell to share with the world, you all have been so wonderful to me. From hearting the blog posts, to leaving comments with your thoughts, to sharing my blog with your friends, to even those of you who donated on a regular basis, these acts of kindness and support absolutely warmed my heart. Thank you!
So where to now? I definitely know that I want to continue bringing articles to you all. Maybe not at the same frequency as this year, but definitely at least six articles in the year. However, I am excited to a new shift that I am embarking on-more classes. After my speaking engagement in October, I realized that even though I have a love hate relationship with the sound of my voice on camera, I have to start using it more. I have something to share. And I am sure that you all do as well. Social learning is one of the most interesting powerful tools of the human experience hence my Grow Together Master Classes. The first class will be, "New Year, New Intention" which is somewhat of a nod to my very first blog article "New Year, New Me: All Starts with Time." I am only hosting 4 sessions:
Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 1:30pm CST
Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 2:00pm CST
Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00am CST
Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 10:00am CST
It is not necessary to register for all 4 sessions (unless of course you want the encore). The purpose of this class is for us to come together as a group, rediscover our own unique power, and take charge setting our intentions for the year. It has been affordably priced so as to not break your bank (I know you just survived the holiday shopping sprees). I am thoroughly nervous and excited about this next chapter of #EnvisionCo. I hope that you will continue on this journey with me.
As always, I appreciate your readership and would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below which blog article or tips have been the most impactful to you this year. This site is all about wellness and I want you to please remember that wherever you are on this wellness journey, do not worry about getting it perfect; just get it going. Until next time. Happy reading! See you in 2023!
"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." ~Peter F. Drucker
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