Each year, instead of a New Year’s Resolution, I choose three words to help guide my decisions and how I live my life. Last year at this time, I was holding a brand new baby in my arms, and the words I chose to guide the oncoming year reflected my deep sense of commitment to her and my family: Nurture the future.
Now, here I am a year later, and my baby is a year old, and her big brother is 4.5 years old. My sense of commitment to my family is no less, but a lot has happened in the past 12 months, and the coming of a New Year brings with it a special opportunity to reaffirm one’s goals and direction.
So let’s see…here are some of the big changes that have occurred in my life in the past year:
- After 8 years practicing at the only hospital I’ve ever worked as a veterinarian, I parted ways and took a leap of faith into a new practice.
- My good, old dog, Monty, crossed the rainbow bridge. His age was unknown, but I estimated 12-15 years old.
- My working relationship with the veterinary publication, Clinician’s Brief, has molded itself into yet another adventure. I accepted a position as Medical Contributor, which means I help select content to post on their Facebook page and e-newsletters and write some of the copy for those elements.
- I announced my plans to step down as president of a non-profit organization that I started in 2008. It is in a good financial situation and has great leadership in the wings. I hope I’m leaving it in good shape for a great, promising future.
The risks associated with my employment changes has brought some tension in my personal life, and while sparing this blog of the gory details, suffice to say I believe with all my heart that I’m making the right move and I am working really hard to make sure other loved ones in my life will see that these changes will have a positive impact on all of us.
With that in mind, I have given tremendous consideration to the words I chose for 2013. One “challenge” I faced with my previous three words (“Nurture the future”) was my relentless sense of needing to accomplish things—whether it’s the laundry, a blog post, or an agenda for an upcoming board meeting of which I’m president. So while I want to spend time with my family—and have been spending nearly every night on the couch watching TV with my husband after the kids are tucked in—I need to run the laundry, read and write more, and make impressive contributions to my new practice, where I hope to someday be a partner. Most nights that I sit on the couch and watch reruns (thanks, Netflix!) of Magnum, P.I. and Mythbusters, I enjoy my time taking it easy, but there is a little voice in my head reminding me that I have obligations, and I’m making things more difficult for myself by putting them off.
In 2013, I want to listen to that little voice. I want to accomplish the things I know I can accomplish, which requires that I take the time to be organized. I want this leap of faith transition to ‘wow’ those around me—because I know I can do it.
Here they are, my three words for 2013:
Listen. Organize. Energize.