2013 was a tough year for me. So many things didn’t go right because my job had taken over my entire life.
It was so bad, I had to program “eat lunch” on my phone as a reminder to get off the computer and eat!
2013’s word of the year was “harmony.” I was so disconnected from everything else apart from work and strove towards finding my center again.
This was my second professional certification. I flew 20 hours to Mexico for this course and suffered from jetlag for weeks afterward but it was the best week of my life.
I learned a lot and made an enormous number of friends from around the world. It would have cost me a fortune but I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship.
I worked through this without any support from my company and amidst active discouragement from my manager. After completing a short exam and writing a business plan, I received my designation in October.
My manager was the first person I shared the news with. His response, “What are you going to do with that? It doesn’t mean anything?” SMH.
After a traumatic few months with my back issues, I received the all-clear from the physiotherapist to resume full-time exercise.
I love Beachbody videos and eventually settled on one of their workout programs aptly named Insanity. The program kicked my butt into shape. Unfortunately, I can’t put up pictures here but just so you know, I looked darn good.
I tightened the crap out of my wallet this year. My debt and savings spreadsheets reached mega status as I whittled away at my debt by throwing every available penny at it.
I gave up anything that wasn’t vital to breathing. This is known as gazelle intense in Total Money Makeover circles. By the end of 2013, I had paid off most of it.
I was under the illusion that my dream job was out there and I was going to find it soon. I didn’t have enough time to put together a proper CV much less send out any applications.
Despite meeting most of my vision board goals, I ended 2013 more disconnected than ever.
I visited Mexico, NYC, Malaysia & Singapore. Mexico was one of the best trips of my life as I said earlier. I met some amazing industry colleagues and we had a great time.
I’d go back there in a heartbeat; jetlag and 20 hours on a plane both ways be darned!
I was able to do this a few times that year, which was a miracle considering my work schedule.
Finish My Book
I wrote sporadically, barely getting anything useful down. Whenever I did, it took me so long to get back to it, I would have become disconnected from the storyline by then.
Very disappointing year for me writing-wise.
Have you ever tried putting together a vision board? Read my earlier articles:-
- Using a Vision Board to Reach Your Short & Long Term Goals
- 5 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Your Vision Board
- 2011 Vision Board
- 2012 Vision Board
- 2013 Vision Board
- 2014 Vision Board
- 2015 Vision Board
- 2016 Vision Board
- 2017 Vision Board
- 2018 Vision Board
Interesting in the process of creating your own vision board, check out Create an Actionable Vision Board Kit, which includes everything you need to create and stay on track with a vision board.
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