New Year, New Me, New You

2015 is here! But first let me talk about 2014.

Twenty fourteen was a year of transformation for me.¬† In 2013, I was about to lose my mind. Well, I had actually lost myself. I was mentally and emotionally exhausted, out of shape, unfocused and stretched way too thin. I had too much going on and wasn’t getting anywhere.

I started my transformation in November 2013. I had to make some changes in my life. So I decided I had to:

Get My Mind Right

I was beyond unhappy and feeling stuck with where I was in my life and career. I had lost my optimism, silliness, and goofiness. I had lost my sense of direction and desire for achievement and success. Every morning on my way to work, I started listening to 5 to 10 minutes of Napoleon Hill’s The Science of Personal Achievement: The 17 Universal Principles of Success. The tips and individual success stories on the CD helped remind me of philosophies I believed in and the person I used to be — Happy, Energetic, Goal Driven, A Success.

Lesson: Your Thoughts determine Your Action. Your Action turns into Habits. Your Habits lead you to Success or Failure.

Get My Circle Right

I’ve always been a loner type. I rarely talk on the phone and rarely hang out. One person was able to knock down all my barriers and we became extremely close. I’ve known this person for over 10 years. However, the friendship had become unhealthy. I had to let the friendship go. It wasn’t easy, but I did it.

Lesson: The people you allow into your life will either expand you or deflate you. They will either add to your growth or assist in your deterioration. They will uplift you or knock you down. So choose your friends and associates wisely.

Get My Body Back

Where did my toned, athletic body go??? Where? I just let my body go. I wasn’t working out and I was eating everything in sight. So, I started back working out. It was slow. I started with 30 minute walks on the treadmill twice a week. It grew to walking 1 hour up to 4 times a week. Then I started attending a kick boxing class 2-3 times a week. By late Spring, I was walking/running on a track. Then back to kickboxing. Late fall, I moved to my favorite sport, BASKETBALL of course, by joining a women’s basketball league.

Lesson: Having a lifestyle that includes physical activities gets you out the house, involved, relieves stress, around new people and eventually leads to losing weight.

Get My Growth On

There was a time in my life when I was devouring books left and right. I could read a Rich Dad, Poor Dad book in less than 3 days. I was hooked to biographies, personal finance and self help books. In 2014, I read several books like I Was Blind, But Now I See, Never Eat Alone, My Story, and My Song – Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith. I attended several computer training classes on site and over the internet.

Lesson: Once you graduate from high school or college, don’t stop growing. Continue to learn, grow, feed your mind, and expand your imagination by reading and listening to books/ebooks, podcasts, watching youtube or training videos and attending workshops or conferences.

Get My Entertainment On

I decided to get out the house more. I am such a home body. I had got so caught up with leaving work and running to basketball games, practice, trainings and tournaments. I forgot to have a life and interests outside of basketball. I took wine tasting classes, a cooking class, attended outings with former high school and college teammates and classmates, hosted a girls night out, attended art gallery functions, attended the Memphis in May activities and more

Lesson: Life is short — SO LIVE!

I feel so much better than I was feeling at the end of 2013. I’m back to smiling a lot more. I’m back to laughing and being goofy a lot more. I’ve lost a few pounds. I’ve meet different kinds of people. I plan to continue my transformation through 2015.

A new year is about new beginnings. It does not have to begin in January. Like I said, I started my transformation in November. Changes that you make don’t have to be immediate or big either. It’s all up to you.

This video is a great motivator to get you started or back on track with your transformation.

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