Generally, I don’t make formal New Year’s Resolutions. I tend to be goal oriented and driven by nature, so I always seem to make it through each year feeling satisfied with how I’ve grown, but also consistently looking ahead to what’s next without much convincing. This week, I have been reflecting and basking in gratitude. This past year, 2013, has been a shift year for me. A year that will be solidified on my personal timeline, specifically titled, “When Everything Changed”. I signed with a brilliant literary agent from DCL Agency, Amy Hughes last winter. I signed a book deal with Rodale Inc this summer and wrote an eighty thousand word book in ninety days this fall. I gave a TEDx talk in San Diego this winter and worked with some unbelievable people. I stayed committed to raising my children in the hands on, family first, approach that I so strongly desire. I also directed a summer camp in my community working with hundreds of people and families, coached my kids basketball teams, ran community programs and workshops and took care of myself and my marriage in a way that’s necessary because it feeds and fuels everything else.
So after a year like that, why would I bother to stop and reflect? Why would I look to see what I can do more of or better? Why wouldn’t I just keep blazing onward to 2014 with the same approach I had in 2013? Well, there were moments I was tired, burned, uncertain. My love for the feast of life can be chaotic and exhausting. I want the shift of 2013 to be permanent. I want to write, speak, meet, teach, talk everyday of my life. But this will require pacing. This will require me to live and act deliberately. This will require me to be open, to learn, to trust, to slow. These have always been my “Oh, the Places You Will Grow” areas. So I’ve decided to set some “slow goals” to support myself personally – nothing here can be completed in under a year. But each goal will also support my professional journey as I explore the Slow Tech Movement further. For more on the STM click here – http://www.janellburleyhofmann.com/slow-tech-manifesto/.
So what exactly am I doing? Check it out:
So, I want to know! How will you Slow Tech Yourself in 2014? Where can you slow or grow? Join me on this journey or start your own.
Go get ‘em!