So many of us were determined to ‘get it in in 2010’. In January, you could literally feel the excitement and enthusiasm for a new year and a new decade in the air. I started off this year by choosing a theme for the year and the principles I would work on. You can review that post here. Then, after 3 months, I reviewed my progress in this post. Continuing the analogy that I’m the CEO of Me, its now time for another quarterly review.
This review is even more important, because half of the year has passed. I had several intentions at the beginning of the year – namely to lose weight and incorporate healthy eating habits into my life, take my business and blog to the next level (two specific goals are to become my own boss and write an ebook for Motivated Sista), start a committed relationship, and improve my cooking skills.
How Far I’ve Come
Taking stock of exactly where you are, how far you’ve come and how far you still need to go is integral to your progress. How can you progress if you don’t know which direction you need to go in or what adjustments you need to make? I think this is one of the biggest reasons for failure, besides lack of self-confidence. We either don’t take action or continue to take the wrong action, and then wonder why we’re not where we really want to be.
- Weight Loss and Eating Habits
The biggest change I’ve made regarding this area is a shift in mindset. Initially I wanted to improve my cooking skills and increase the frequency of how often I cook. I had a few Sunday dinner cooking experiences, where I picked some of my favorite foods and chose recipes to learn how to make those dishes better than I already knew how. (In the pic: roast chicken, mac & cheese, slow-cooked green beans and corn bread.)
It was fun for a while but then I knew I couldn’t continue to eat heavy meals and reach my weight loss goals at the same time. I also wasn’t learning how to incorporate healthy eating habits if I lost my mind on Sundays. So I switched gears and started reading up on healthy eating habits.
Then my mind flashed to a blog post I’d read over at Clumps of Mascara. I remember when Brittany first posted about green smoothies, I couldn’t imagine someone wanting to put spinach in a smoothie. In my own mind, I was working through the misconception that only ‘crunchy’ people who hugged trees and recycled would follow a vegan eating pattern. It didn’t seem like it fit who I am.
(In the pic: a pineapple mango smoothie and fruit salad: bananas, apples, mango and walnuts.) As I read more and more about eating healthy, I thought about another post she wrote about eating raw. Then, Jonathan over at Illuminated Mind did a video about eating raw.. and I had to pause. Whenever something pops up more than once in my reality, I stop and look at what that thing is. I’m glad I did. I’m already a little distrustful of the American food industry, and turns out I have reason to be. We’re not going to talk about the ways in which animals are handled and food is processed… we’re just gonna focus on the fact that this way of eating became more and more attractive to me. So I decided to take the plunge. Overall, I’m moving away from a processed, chemical-laced lifestyle (with my diet, my hair, body care products and products for the home, to name a few ways), toward a more natural, healthy way to live. I know that my family has longevity – my grandfather was 86 and my grandmother turns 105 next month – so its time I honor my genetic blessings by following a path to radiant health.
Maybe one day I’ll sit down and compose a post about my raw experiences so far (but that day ain’t today…lol). For now, I know I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg, and have an entire transition ahead of me. In the meanwhile, I’ve been working about about 2 times a week and have lost 5 pounds. I’m switching back to a night shift at work and that should free up more of my time to work out even more.
- Business and Blogging
As far as Black Girl Tees goes, I’ve been up and down. Learning to market a business online is much more tedious and nuanced than I knew when I started my store. If I knew then what I know now, I’d have learned much more about marketing, branding and social media before I took the plunge. But it is what it is. Learning as I’m growing is a great classroom and I’m learning valuable lessons from the trenches.
In May I participated in a fashion show and had a blast networking with other t-shirt entrepreneurs. You can view the rest of the pics from the show on the Facebook fan page.
I’m currently working on my first ebook and I plan on completing it in July. This book will be free, and if you’re subscribed to my mailing list you’ll receive it as thanks for following my blog. I’m really excited about it and as much as I love blogging, I think composing my thoughts in an actual book will be even more beneficial for us Motivated CEOs and Boss Ladies. I’m all about motivation and progress and I hope my ebook reflects that. So stay tuned for that. Also, I’m in the midst of launching my blog installation business, and I’ll share that when its completed.
Only time will tell how long it will be before I can fire my boss. I have a quote posted in my cubicle, from an interview that Jonathan from Illuminated Mind did over at Income Diary, that motivates me daily to continue working on my goal –
I personally believe the biggest attribution to making this happen for myself was knowing 100% without a doubt that this was going to happen. It was only a matter of time and I would do whatever it took and I would try everything that I possibly could try. I would fail over and over if that’s what needed to happen, but I knew that it was just a matter of time.
I know this is going to happen for me. One of the principles I’m following this year – increased faith – assures me that I won’t fail. It just takes time, perserverance and patience. Nothing happens overnight, there is no magic want or magic bullet to success. The most important thing is that I enjoy this journey of becoming and allow myself to expand into Who I Really Am in the process.
- Relationship goal
Most of the time, I’m so busy with everything I have going on, that I don’t devote time to meeting new men and developing a relationship. My efforts so far have been limited to online dating, which isn’t a bad thing – I’d like to devote more time to dating though, as if it were a job search. Since I’m going back to working nights, I’ll have the same challenge that I previously had of attending events during the week where I’ll be around eligible men.
So far, my only solution to that is to be out and about during the day, namely by having lunch downtown before I go to work. I’m accustomed to doing alot of things alone, but eating isn’t one of them. So this is something that I’ll have to actively work on during the upcoming months, especially since its warm and scorching lovely outside right now. Just like with eating raw, I will immerse myself in information and try new things out slowly, developing a list of my likes and dislikes along the way.
My Next Steps
For the next quarter, July – September, I plan to:
- continue to transition to a raw vegan diet
- transition to natural hair
- continue to lose weight, at least 15 pounds during that time
- launch my blog installation business
- revamp Black Girl Tees
- meet new men and go on more dates
- finish my ebook and have Motivated Sista redesigned
Whew, thats alot! I’ll be so busy but I’m anticipating it all already. What about you, what are your next steps? How has 2010 shaped up for you so far? I’m looking forward to hearing how you’re doing and I hope you share your efforts with me.