Can you believe we are already over halfway through 2020? So much has happened this year and honestly, when we had to quarantine, I thought time was going to creep slowly by. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Although my days had a completely different routine, time was flying by. To be completely transparent, this blog is something I had planned on writing 3 weeks ago. I wanted to check in with everyone halfway through the year to where everyone was with the goals they were working towards when the new year started. How are you doing? Have you been able to adjust to our new normal? How have you been handling your stress? It has been an interesting road for me. It looks nothing like what I had planned out on my vision board. And if you keep up with me, you know that this is one of the reasons why I never wanted to do vision boards. I was scared that if I put it out there and it didn’t come true, it meant that I failed.
When the quarantine first hit, all I could think about was how the goals on my vision board were not going to come true. It was only April. I have that I wanted to speak 24 times this year, go to Asia and visit Egypt with my dad. These were the biggest items on my vision board and I was devastated thinking that none of these would happen this year. How am I supposed to speak 24 times when we cannot have large gatherings? There is no way I’m getting to Asia with the way things are in the world right now. As far as my dad, well, his health isn’t up to par right now and won’t be traveling anywhere this year. Then I noticed that these things had something in common. They were all out of my control. I need to worry about what I can control. I wrote a blog about controlling the controllables. I started to look at the other items on my vision board. I said I wanted to read 24 books, emerge into the world as the person I am meant to be, work for a promotion within my team with my nutrition business and make the world a better place. Some of the words or phrases I have are keep routines routine, charity, impact, thankful and keep moving forward. All of those are things I can control. I have the opportunity every day to choose to do each one of those, as do you.
When I think about the disappointment of having to cancel my in person speaking engagements it hurts. I’m always excited to be able to tell my story and give people some encouragement and connect with new people. Although I had to cancel those in person events, I noticed my calendar was filling up with opportunities to speak online. It wasn’t what I originally thought was going to happen, however I am still speaking. I am still sharing words of encouragement and still getting to tell my story. To this day I have had 7 opportunities to speak to audiences online. We are over halfway through the year and I still have several more opportunities in the months ahead for me to speak. True it isn’t in front of crowds in the traditional sense I thought it would be, however these are still opportunities I have been given to speak to others. Am I going to get to 24? Who knows! Does that mean I failed? Hell no!
In a previous blog post, I wrote in detail about my word of the year, impact, and how that has happened so far. I had the opportunity to be a part of two peaceful protests in Fayetteville, doing my part to make the world a better place. This is something I try to do every day by the way I live my life, however these protests helped me be a part of something bigger than myself. I could go on and on about all of the phrases and words that I have on my vision board. None of them are happening how I thought they were going to and that is ok. The great part is that they are happening, even with all the shifts and pivots we are having to make.
Check in with yourself. If you made a vision board, look and see if you have been able to accomplish any of those things on there or if you are in the process of making some of it happen. Be honest with yourself. Are you doing what you need to do? This is a great time to refocus and make the necessary pivots to your way of doing things. We are almost through July but that shouldn’t stop you from working towards those goals. If you didn’t make a vision board at the beginning of the year, what is stopping you from making one now? If you did, I challenge you to take a look at how you can make some changes in your life to make those dreams become a reality! We still have 5 great months left in the year. I love a second half come back!