1. Mid Year Reflections

    Happy Summer!  The year is flying by and frankly, I’ve been a poor writer.   Apologies to you, and to myself - as I had made a promise to myself to write more this year.

    So I’m going to restart with a recap of what I had hoped to accomplish this year and some comments on how I did and what I’ll do to get where I want to be.   Call it my own personal mid-year review.

    My goal for 2012 is to “Stand Up” - to assert my voice and philosophy in my life and work.

    The questions I asked myself in January still apply:

    1)  How did I do?  Am I where I thought I would be? 

    2)  Are they still valid?  Do they resonate with who I am and who I want to be? Are there activities I should stop/start as a result?

    3)  Are there new goals, activities, pursuits to begin working on?

    1)  How did I do?  Am I where I thought I would be?

    The year began with a series of upheavals - massive shifts to the status quo of my world.  A relationship ended.  I parted ways with my life in Corporate America as a result of a reorganization and downsizing.  My father passed away.  People, situations, things I took for granted were suddenly… gone.  These are all facts, not statements to gain sympathy (though it is always appreciated).  And while there is grief in loss and change, there is also a bright light of opportunity.

    I embrace opportunity.

    Sure, there was a week or two when all I felt like doing was sleeping in and staying in my pajamas watching re-runs of “How I Met Your Mother” all day.  (And I did.)  But there was also so much wonderful activity.  Reconnecting with friends, old and new.  Practicing yoga intensively for two weeks straight - including my first experience with a juice cleanse.  Learning Argentine Tango in preparation for a trip to South America.  Journeying solo to Peru, Brazil and Argentina for nearly a month.  And auditioning like crazy for any and every voiceover opportunity that crossed my path… and booking gigs!

    I’ve experienced so many new things and learned so much (more on my journeys in a later post).  The most valuable experience by far was having this time and space to reconnect with my Self, my goals and how I want to live my life.

    I’m more energized than ever to use my skills and talents to create a career that is creatively focused and emotionally satisfying.  I’m not where I thought I would be 6 months ago - I’m beyond where I thought I would be, and inspired to keep moving forward.

    2)  Are they [my goals] still valid?  Do they resonate with who I am and who I want to be? Are there activities I should stop/start as a result?

    More than ever, I believe the goals I have set for myself are still valid, though with some adjustments.  One of my long term goals had been to establish myself as a voiceover actor and be able to work independently from Corporate America.  This year has been a huge stepping stone towards that.

    My overarching goal is to be an entrepreneur - the CEO of my life, making my dreams a reality.  To be an entrepreneur, or a solopreneur, really, takes self-discipline, focus and energy.  There’s no time clock to punch, no boss looking over my shoulder, no deadlines other than my own.  Which means it’s been up to me to get my butt out of bed when the alarm goes off.  I’m responsible for getting the coffee made, reviewing my schedule for the day, completing my auditions, working on projects, following up with people, and getting exercise.  Some days are easier than others.  There are days when I want to be lazy all day or procrastinate on a difficult task.  The key is finding the balance between productivity and recovery.

    3)  Are there new goals, activities, pursuits to begin working on?

    On the whole, I am living the life I want to be living.  And I feel I am living according to my principles and goals, but there is still room for improvement.  Namely:

    1)  Managing Time/Relationships:  It’s easy to spend all day in my home office or at the agency working on auditions and following up on projects.  Which means I spend much of my day flying solo.  And while I don’t miss the hours of meetings or random interruptions of life and work in a Cube Farm in Corporate America, I do miss connecting with coworkers over a coffee or meeting a friend for lunch.  With inspiration from Keith Ferazzi’s book “Never Eat Alone,” I’d like to set aside at least 1 day each week for meeting with people - catching up with friends, having coffee with mentors and re-connecting with far away friends and family.

    2)  Getting Enough Exercise:  I ran a half marathon for my birthday last year, which forced me to find the time to do training runs each morning as we led up to the race day.  Since then, I’ve been lazy about my running.  I’ve been dancing more lately, but I need to rebuild this discipline into my schedule - which means finding time to exercise (even if it’s a a quick walk after lunch) a little bit every day.  The goal here:  30 minutes at least 3 times a week.  I have a feeling there’s another half marathon in my future…

    3)  Managing Cash Flow:  In his book “The 4-Hour Workweek,” Tim Ferriss asserted that in order to create such a lifestyle, we have to be able to manage our cash flow.  I’m learning he’s dead on correct.  And while I had done a pretty good job of automating my finances when I drew a regular paycheck, the rules have changed now that I work as a freelancer.  So I have been meeting with financial planners for advice and reworking my budgets and personal cash flow models.  This is so much a work in progress.  I hope by the end of the year to have implemented a model that better reflects situation.

    In Summary

    Year to date, this has been a year to challenge the status quo and every assumption I’ve ever held dear.  In the first half of the year, I’ve both grieved for and embraced change.  I’m supremely grateful for this opportunity to create my “dream” life and career and can’t wait to see what else is in store.  I’m on the right track to accomplish my goals for the year (and beyond). 

    Your Turn:  How has the first half of 2012 treated you?  Are you where you thought you’d be?  What would you change or do differently to get you on the path to achieving your goals?  Comment away!

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