I subscribe to an email newsletter called Ladies Who Launch which is dedicated to profiling entrepreneurial women and their success stories. Each week, the newsletter highlights one woman's story - from where the idea for her business came from, to how she went about pursuing it, and the lessons she's learned along the way. It's an inspiring publication, especially for people like me who dream of doing something more creative, but are not quite certain a living can be made outside of the typical 9-5.
While the stories are often interesting and encouraging, my favorite part of the newsletter is a one liner in the footer - a link to Flo Moment. These delightful little reads, co-written by LWL Partner Beth Schoenfeldt and Amy Swift, remind us of being in the flow of life and living out our creative dreams. From this week's Flo Moment:
Sending off 2005 with a Kiss
by Beth Schoenfeldt and Amy Swift
December 20, 2005
The List. Here it is. The Dalai Lama has one, Deepak Chopra has one, Oprah has one....and naturally, we do too! The end of the year is upon us, and as with every ending, it’s comforting to punctuate it with reflection on what has transpired and how it has affected us. We at the FLO MOMENT know one thing for sure; hard work is so much more fun with some hard play follow-up. So consider this our 2005 swan song...we need a couple weeks to eat bon bon’s, drink eggnog, catch up on old holiday movies and toast in the New Year with our friends and family.
Here are some suggestions for reflecting on 2005:
1. Focus on the Good. It’s so easy to focus on what went wrong, what coulda, shoulda, woulda happened. However, by noticing what great things have rocked your life this year, you automatically make room for more positive energies to come your way.
2. Find The Sweet Spot. Was there a highlight this year? Was there a time you had the most fun, the best weekend, the most interesting conversation? Do more of that this year. Did you meet someone fascinating? Call them, email them, but reach out in some way. Did you go somewhere heavenly? Make a plan, do it again, or find another paradise nearby.
3. Give Thanks. You didn’t get all this way by your lonesome this year. You have people around you and in your life who have made connections, done you favors, gone out of their way and been by your side. A ‘thank you’ goes a long way toward letting them know how important they are and to making way for more great movement in the future.
4. Close Chapters. Is there some unfinished business in your life? An open-ended relationship or situation that needs closure? Allow your mind or heart to forgive, offer an apology or just gently close the door on a situation that isn’t positive. Move into the New Year without that extra baggage and you’ll be amazed at how high you’ll fly.
5. Break a bad pattern. Everyone has one. Maybe it's gossiping, biting your nails, interrupting people or creating the same situation over and over with relationships. Living in a pattern is like watching the same movie over and over, make this the year you change the script!
Have a great holiday...we’ll catch you with more MOMENTS in the New Year!
Amy and Beth