2015: The Year in Review

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I thought it would be fun for December to capture the essence of my 2015 communiques. I hope you find something to savor again as you ease into the final month and days of the year.

A New Day: Be intentional and appreciate new beginnings“…each day – no, each moment – is a place from which to start anew…seize each fresh beginning that opens…”

Inviting Softness: Open your heart and be compassionate“It can be scary leaning into your softness at work. It takes commitment to move aside the parts of yourself that shield and protect your softness. The desperate need for connection, meaning, celebration, and acknowledgement that is apparent in the workplace of today is an invitation.”

Friendship supporting our best at work: Cherish friendship“…friends – both a work and outside of work – help us see reality more clearly, show us different perspectives on situations , and enable us to choose joy and fun and positivity. Friends care about you. They ensure you know you are not alone and make tough things bearable. Friends believe in you, sometimes more than you believe in yourself. They are there for you and cheer you on when you’re challenged. They rejoice with you and celebrate the little and big victories. Friends are fuel that provides energy for doing great stuff. Great friends are great leaders in our lives.”

Positively Affirming: Shift your thoughts with affirmations“Affirmations are attitudes, beliefs, and ideas that honor who we are. They can shift our energy, physically, mentally, and spiritually. They have the power to create amazing and awesome things in our lives. An affirmation is a declaration of our truth.”

Leap toward your dreams: Allow your dreams to come alive “make time to be with your dreams. Play with them. Experience them. Feel them. Let them guide you.” 

What is essential?: Tune in to what’s essential“Information and people and tasks needing our attention come at us in such abundance that it seems increasingly impossible to respond to it all. How to seize the infinite opportunities that each moment brings, to choose what we want to create? To live our lives from the heart to be the person we are…what an invitation.”

Retrospective: Take time to look back – “The value of taking a retrospective might be a matter of intention. Why are you looking back? Are you holding on, avoiding change, evaluating in a critical way, or regretting what you weren’t able to accomplish? Or are you opening up, embracing new possibilities, celebrating you far you’ve come, and exploring how to make and even more powerful difference?”

The Magic of Co-Creating: Leverage the power of multiple perspectives“co-creation is about sharing intentions, designing something in partnership, collaborating together as a team, and moving as one in the same direction. Co-creating is essential to move toward possibilities that we can see but don’t yet know how to achieve and possibilities that we can barely yet imagine.”

Shifting Out of Victim Mindset: Be empowered“how easy it is to play the victim, versus take responsibility for creating something different that moves us in the direction we want to go. To be an influential change agent in the midst of organizational transformation, it is essential for leaders to feel empowered to make a difference.”

Community: Embrace community in your life“We create community because, as human beings, we have a need for connection, we seek meaning in our lives, and we hunger to make a difference in the world.”

Awakening Gratitude: Create positive energy and strengthen personal connections“The simplest yet most powerful form of gratitude is acknowledging each other. Gratitude exists in looking out and seeing the person across from you. Really looking at them. Gratitude can come alive in a smile, in the speaking of a person’s name, in honest curiosity about another’s experience.”

I’d love to know what resonates most for you now…

Photos: spring honeysuckle in my backyard, summer in Albania 2014, fall in Armonk NY 2015, winter in my front yard

Author: Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through writing, photography, gardening, cooking, crafting, sewing, yoga. I enjoy traveling because it opens me to greater awareness and new possibilities. I find a special joy when I’ve helped someone see their brilliance and express their full potential. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

6 thoughts on “2015: The Year in Review”

  1. Hi Vicki, what a wonderful summary of how to be happy and effective! I think for me, the 18 months of working part time in a full time role, combined with launching a business, has resulted in me spending a lot less time with friends (including myself – remember our old concept of maitri – being friendly to one’s self?) With a new beginning upon us, I’m excited to do more with friends than I have been. Thank you for a wonderful list… and for being a great friend.

    1. Oh, that sounds like abundant deliciousness, my friend! I’m getting excited about your next chapter! (And, yes, I remember maitri – timely reminder about the self-lovingkindness.)

  2. Hello Vicki, Thanks for an inspiring summary post. This year has been a whirlwind of activities for me from 9 days in Italy with friends to settling into the role as “caregiver” for my mom. I like your comments on cherishing friends, tuning into what’s essential, and being empowered. I am looking forward to new beginnings.

    1. Inez, it sounds like your year has been very ‘full’ as I sometimes like to say. I’m so glad you found something to take away from the year in review post. I look forward to connecting by voice soon.

  3. hi Vicki, always nice to read your blog .. this year has been a time for me to look back (you know why), but next year I intend to look forward, but never forgetting the past.
    Have a great Xmas season and Happy New Year .. regards Geoff

    1. Geoff, as you look back, may you find all the love, joy and peace that is there for you – I continue to hold you and your family in my heart. Of course, as you turn your attention to the year ahead, the past and all the beauty and challenge of it will be there holding you and guiding you into the future. Wishing you all the best this holiday season and for the new year ahead, Vicki

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