A Love Letter to You.

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Dearest Reader,

It’s been a minute since our last chat, so I wanted to write to you personally this time around. It’s that time of year for one of those looking back posts, but I don’t want to look back. 2014 was a hilarious roller coaster of ups and downs and I’m all the better for it. Thanks for listening to me talk the last six months or so – this blog is an amazing place to speak my mind and you’re the best reader a girl could ask for.

I’ve learned a lot about myself this year – what I’m good at, what I like to do, what I need to work on and who I need to surround myself with. Despite the ups and downs of last year, these really are invaluable lessons that I’m so happy to have learned/be learning/continue to learn/probably continue to learn for the rest of my life. I’ve had my ass handed to me a few times and God has really humbled me a few times, but I’m still here.

I’m starting out 2015 with Lara Casey Powersheets to help work through some of my goals. Resolutions are great and all, but I think they can be fleeting (at least in my experience). They tend to not be intentional. This year I’m committing myself to a set of tangible goals (I’ll share those with you later). Some that I can accomplish in the next few weeks and months, and others that are going to take a bit more time. I’m so excited to have a resource (and some great friends) to help me along the way.

1. Set some goals for 2015 and be intentional. Write them down and write down how you’re going to accomplish them. Have a game plan.

2. Find yourself this year. I think so often we get lost along the shuffle and forget who we are, what we stand for and why we were put on this earth. Don’t let this happen. Make sure you’re always seeking the truest version of yourself in everything you do.

3. Challenge yourself but don’t forget to cut yourself some slack, too. When you stray from your goals a bit (and you probably will), be compassionate towards yourself. It’s really okay. Now get back to it.

4. Surround yourself with people you love and who respect your passions. They don’t have to be passionate about those same things but if they’re not asking about what you’re involved in, that should be a red flag.

5. Be brave. This is my mantra for 2015. Of course be brave and take big risks but be brave in the small things too. Try something you’ve never done before. Push yourself. Just freaking do it, because life is too short to be a coward. Speak your mind, stand up for what you believe in and be brave.

Okay, I think I’ve done enough talking for now. I want to hear back from you. What are your goals for 2015? Have you set them yet? What can I do to help you accomplish them, because I want to be a part of your growth.

xoxo

Your dear friend,
Valery

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