I won't waste your time with a boring New Years resolutions list or joy-kill your day by talking about how awful 2010 was. It just wasn't that bad. I want to share a few lessons I learned in 2010 as a friend, wife, business owner, employee and daughter of Richard and Beverly Perry.
1. The best part of adulthood (opposed to high school and college), is that you get to choose who your friends are. I lost many "friends" in 2010 and I chose not to pursue a friendship with several folks. Yeah, my going-out roster is sort of short....but my life is so much more authentic and the friends I do have are appreciated beyond words.
2. My advice to married folks or soon-to-be is to have fun. My friend @artchild gave me this advice and I live by it completely. I have the most fun with my husband and we try to always show each other something new about the world. Always a surprise.
3. Being a business owner is a huge sacrifice. I mean HUGE. Everyone's not meant to do it. But if you're going to do it, be a business person first and a person of your craft second. Too often we're so excited about our passion and we neglect the idea of being a business person. We have to do better.
4. Sam Fine said it best: "There's a difference between gaining exposure and being exploited." I learned and owned my worth in 2010. Bout time!
5. I truly believe that we owe it to our parents to be in a position to take care of them. I forgot about that for a minute...but now that I've been reminded I'm about to get even more beasty on ya'll;).
I say forget the goals, commitments and the plain out stressful strategies. Just plan to be better in 2011. So much that you look back and ask yourself, "What the heck was I thinking in 2010?" Blessings.
Photo Creds: Brian Ellison