2013 wrap-up: my 3 biggest lessons

As the year comes to a close, you might be thinking about what happened in 2013.

 

Maybe you’ve already started to think ahead to 2014.

 

Or maybe you’re zoning out to bad TV, eating Christmas cookies, driving your Grandma to the foot doctor, and hanging on to these precious, raw moments before another year begins.

 

It’s all good. Even when it feels really bad.

 

Of the many important lessons I’ve learned this year, I think the biggest are these:

 

  1. It’s better to talk out loud (to others) about confusion than to let it run a torturous battle in my head (alone).


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  1. Despite new successes, growth, and openings, I’m still dealing with the same struggles and emotional pain I had as a little girl. And I still have the same hair-do. -->

 

  1. “Choosing one thing” is overrated.

 

Point #3 is the most recent realization. I’ve done a lot of beating myself up over not being more “focused” in my career, but I’m starting to realize that my multi-faceted passions are a big part of my strengths and growth.

 

In 2011 I was in my 5th year of working as a women’s health coach and in my 2nd year of making my own dance videos.

In 2012 I launched the Creative Fridays blog and my creativity coaching programs.

In 2013 I taught my first dance workshops and now teach regular weekly dance classes. I also won an essay contest, won 3rd place in a talent show, and delivered a TEDx talk.

In 2014 I’m excited to say that in addition to keeping many of those babies going, I’ll be taking on a new venture: teaching wellness and dance at a high school in Brooklyn. I’ve also applied to perform my Swan Lake spoof dance piece at 2 different festivals and submitted an application for other dance positions.

 

If you’re like me and have a diverse list of experience or desired experience on your list for 2014, embrace it. Let’s embrace it together.

 

In the comments below, tell me your biggest lessons of 2013 and what kinds of creative interests and directions you are being drawn to next.

 

Don’t let anyone tell you your dreams are too scattered or too big. There’s a way of making it work. You just have to start somewhere.

 

Thanks for choosing Creative Fridays to be one of those starting places.

I’m so grateful for your presence.

I’m in awe of your courage and generosity in sharing your self through your creative expression and here on the blog.

I look forward to sharing even more with you in 2014 and hope to serve you in even deeper ways.

 

to creating our lives,

Jess

p.s. To tie all of this together and kick off the new year, I’m currently working on a free gift for you, in the form of a tele-conference. Get the deets and sign up here!

 

p.p.s. And just for fun, here's my 2013 wrap-up told through (mostly) dance videos:

 

Enjoy and please share your stuff in the comments! I can't wait to hear from you.