Each year I tend to go into a sort of mental hibernation in the fall and I begin to start reflecting on the year and my life, past, present and future. I think all of us do this in some form or fashion towards the end of each year.
Around October, I start making lists of what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. Lists of what I didn’t do well at times and lists of what I want to change in the new year. More than most, 2013 was a year for reflection. In fact I am still doing quite a bit of it as we find ourselves half-way through January of 2014.
2014 was an amazing year for my business and at times I would look up to catch my breath and see the candle burning at both ends with me holding the wick in the middle. When the glitter settled in mid-October it left me feeling “burnt out” for the first time since I had started The Blu Sash back in 2010. I truly think all small business owners, whether part-time or full-time experience this feeling at some point during their careers and this fall I found myself in that position. When we don’t take time for ourselves, physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually, it is easy to let that light of creativity and ambition flicker.
So I curled up at home with my family this fall and I found time to think (I know you mothers understand how hard that can be). Time to pray and time to reflect.
Reflection is a vital part of life. I believe that if we cannot look at ourselves honestly through the mirror of life that we never reach our full potential. How can you see clearly out the window if you never clean the glass? How can a lantern light your path when it is covered up?
Coming into 2014 I have seen that the glass needs to be clearer and that my light can shine brighter!
I hope you will join me in letting your light shine this year.
Be salt, be light, be love!