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Be Inspired

A friend shared this with me.
I found it inspiring, so I'm sharing it with you.

Blessing for a New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you

-John O'Donohue
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2010 is Practically Gone. Now What?

2010 didn't quite go as I expected. I'm sure that's no surprise to many of you. I'm even more sure that you feel very similarly about this past year. What's interesting is that for me it turned out far better than I could've expected - both the extreme highs of the triumphant moments and the extreme lows of the emotional "stuff" that makes life not so awesome.

For it all, I'm eternally grateful.

I started 2010 with nothing more than a vision board to carry me through. After the phenomenal growth I've experienced this year, there is so much more that I want to do to prepare for January. A lot is still in the works, but let's just say that I'm staring with a WHOLE lot of blank pages in my life. And I'm super excited.

Of the many things I'm doing to prepare myself for next year, reflection has been the number one priority. I've spent most of this year reflecting on things that have happened to me, my feelings about certain situations, my growth, my relationships, my career etc. I'm at the point where I'm ready to figure out what that all means, where I'm heading, and how I intend to get there.

So when Rosetta Thurman launched her challenge, 31 Days to Reset Your Life, I just knew I was in. I had been thinking already quite a bit about my professional goals, but I hadn't put enough emphasis on my personal goals and where the two met. I'm looking forward to taking part in the challenge since the activities will perfectly complement the planning I'm currently doing.

So join me over the next few weeks as I share some of my reflections with you and embark on a journey that's going to make 2011 even more phenomenal.

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