What Worked in 2015 It’s the end of the year, 2015 is coming to a close, and I thought I’d share some things that worked for me, some things that didn’t and some things that need a little tweaking.

What Worked in 2015:

TCOYOS – Hands down this commitment to a group of women and myself to make time and space for my own work four times a year is one of the greatest blessings of my life. We are planning again for February and I can’t wait.

Gratitude Journal – Not every night, but a lot of evenings I spend a few moments writing about three things that I am grateful for in my life. Big things and very small things. When it really works is when I am struggling to find the good things and I have to dig deep. That lifts my whole heart up.

Meditation Retreat – I’ve been a meditator for 20+ years, but I’d never done a weekend silent retreat and this was life changing. To feel the feelings (all of them), listen to the very rapid thoughts whizzing by and not getting attached to any of them (seriously, I redecorated my living room countless times in my head), and just being still for long periods of time was revolutionary.

Telling People I Speak for a Living – Seriously. Letting people know and emailing it out to my list brought me countless speaking opportunities of which I am so grateful. It is my greatest joy to share what I have learned in branding, marketing and leadership with others. I’m a lucky woman to get to do what I love… just by telling people about it.

Franklin the Wonder Dog – He isn’t perfect. In fact, he’s a hot mess, but he’s my hot mess and it is the welcome distraction from negative things in the world that I need. He needs me 100% and I need him. It’s a beautifully messy thing.

What Didn’t Work in 2015:

Passion Planner – it is a great planner, but it was just too big for me and I couldn’t lug it around so it didn’t get used which meant I wasn’t as organized as I would have liked to have been. In 2016 I’m using the Get To Workbook and I’m liking it so far. Fingers crossed I will lug it around… because a planner only works when you work in it.

Eating – Well. Eating worked really well. Too well. I gained way more than I need to weigh this year eating chocolate, cheese and other delightful goodies. I need to work on lowering my sugar intake, easy carbs and upping my veggies… oh the veggies. Going for strong is my goal… not losing a bunch of weight or anything.

My One Little Word – I chose the word Love and I realized that I love pretty easily. I choose love more often than I choose any other thing… even when it might look like I’m choosing irritation, frustration, and self righteousness! I move to love pretty easily. So it wasn’t a huge motivator for me to be different. I got the love! I’ve got a GREAT word for 2016! Just you wait!

What Needs Tweaking in 2016:

Documenting – It is totally my goal to be a better documenter. I want to photograph, video and capture my life and story, but it isn’t my nature. This is a big push for me in 2016 and I’ll be taking a few workshops on video and photography, diving more into Instagram and lugging my big camera with me even if it’s still on auto! I’m going to document this amazing simple life I live in the worlds most lovely little town. Have any suggestions on how to do this better? I’m all ears!

Writing – I have a book that has some really good bones written and 2016 is the year it gets finished, I find an agent and it gets published.

Cultivating Relationships – I have amazing friends and network, but sometimes I get so bogged down in my work (which I love) and my love of being home that I forget to nurture them. I’m going to plan on one coffee a month with a friend. Want to be the first? Hit me up!

Thank You – I have ALWAYS wanted to be the one that wrote thank you letters, notes of encouragement, and sent a little sunshine to people in their mailbox. I USED to be that woman, but work, life, blah blah blah… that is changing in 2016. I have an address box, stamps, notecards and I even ordered a return address stamp (we’ve lived her 14 years, it’s time). I have everything I need to send a little light!

What about you?

Did everything work out in your world this year? Making any big plans/changes/small tweaks?  What worked in 2015 for you? I’d love to know!

8 Comments on What Worked, What Didn’t and What Needs Tweaking

  1. Generation Above Me (@TheGenAboveMe)
    December 31, 2015 at 9:53 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for sharing your reflections about 2015. I just might steal your gratitude journal idea! All my best to you in 2016!

    • Georgeanne
      January 1, 2016 at 11:30 am (1 year ago)

      Jackie’s right–it works. I use the Gratitude! app on iPhone.

      • Jacqueline Wolven
        January 1, 2016 at 11:52 am (1 year ago)

        Yay! So glad you are doing this! – Jackie

  2. Mari M. Farthing
    January 1, 2016 at 11:24 am (1 year ago)

    I love this post! I’m going to really think about this and use it for my own 2015 review/2016 planning session. Great stuff here.

    • Jacqueline Wolven
      January 1, 2016 at 11:52 am (1 year ago)

      Love it. Life matters… and I realize that when I take a little time to look back and review. – Jackie

  3. terra
    January 1, 2016 at 3:55 pm (1 year ago)

    I can’t wait to squeeze you!


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