Paradigm “Earthquake”

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My paradigm just isn’t shaking but it is in major earthquake mode!  So much so that I have not even sat down to blog for a few moments.  When I committed to a paradigm shift in January and made goals around it how was I supposed to know that the Universe would be so in favor of this that all things would move and shift and change before the 1st 1/2 of the year was even over!  Not that I am complaining; I find it exciting that not only am I on a path to shift but the “forces that be” are with me also.

Some shifts…my second business seems to be taking root; we got a real order for a store and that was is so exciting! Much of my shifting has to do with how I view my businesses–the day job business and the passion one.  It has been a real shift for me to focus on the passion business. You would think that would be easy given it is a “passion” and all, but reality for many of us is that we don’t focus on where our passion lies.  Focusing on shifting this has had to be a deliberate thing for me; it is still not easy, but I am seeing the benefits.

Another BIG shift… my last blog I shared about going away for the weekend (that was end of March) for our anniversary.  I blogged on marriage, love and all that stuff. Funny thing is that we did go away, but rather than wine and roses (although we had that too), we bought a house in Indiana with 6 acres of land.  Oh my goodness!

The move to Indiana has been in the planning and we actually committed to this as part of our paradigm shift for the year.  We will be closer to home (relationships #3), it is good for our finances (#4), and it definitely fits in with our exit plan goal (#7).  Moving to Indiana is also about simplifying which I am committed to. The house is in a little town of 3500. I can truly focus on my dog treat business as this is a town that has many small businesses and farmer’s markets.  There are so many things that are aligning with this.  I promise to continue to blog on this.  I find it inspiring just watching the pieces fall into place.  I have visioned this move and this house and this life style for quite some time.  It is outlined on mind maps in my office and right now, in 2011, I am being given the opportunity to step into it.

It is not to say it is not scary along with thrilling and exciting.  After all it is not a shift- it is an earthquake.  Everything under me is shifting, nothing is solid except for us walking into our dream together. Have you ever stepped into your dream or vision with one big gigantic leap?  How did it feel?  How did you feel?

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2011 Goals

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My goals, resolutions, commandments are in a variety of places and formats.  The goals that I am sharing today, are those that both Mike and I came up with for 2011 after reviewing not just last year but our 5 years of marriage together.  As I have shared previously our focus has been very task and project oriented.  As we talked about the pros and cons of that we had a very heartfelt conversation around the lack of relationship focused activities in our lives.  Not only with friends and family but with each other.  AGAIN, just because you spend a lot of time together, love working together, gel in most everything and have fun, it does NOT mean that you are relationship focused.

So our “together” goals for 2011 are as follows:

  • Make everyday our wedding day
  • Respect and support each others personal goals
  • Relationships, relationships, relationships
  • Make our finances fit and solid
  • Build (our business) into a viable business with success in mind
  • Travel and explore new cultures, food and customs; include one out of country experience
  • Finish house projects with exit plan in mind

We still included our business and house projects in our goals, but they were further down on the list.  Since we are so “work” based, we felt that having those at the top would be equivalent to having brushing out teeth or taking a shower on the list.  We will still have planning on the business, goals, etc., but for our personal goals we needed to swing the paradigm in order to find a bit of balance.

In focusing on #1 that is where play and affection come in along with many other things.  BUT every day we are asking each other “you still want to married today?”.  The question is meant to be affectionate 🙂 and not meant to be an exit plan opportunity.  It is just a daily reminder to both of us that we would do it again and to find joy in the fact that we are indeed married.

What are your goals? Business oriented, project oriented, personal growth, relational or something else?  Are you trying something new this year?  Or was last year so successful that you are doing it again?

Baseline-2010 Goals

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In order to shift a paradigm you need to assess the current one.  I shared yesterday the goal/mission statement for 2011-“shake up our lifestyle paradigm to be relationship focused.”

In contrast, goals for 2010 were:

  • Prepare for move
  • Pay off Credit Cards
  • Lose weight
  • Launch our new business
  • Identify roles in business organizations
  • Volunteer/Give Back

As I pondered these goals a couple of weeks ago, I was overall happy with the progress on each.  We had sold 1 house and were well on our way to having our home that we currently live in ready to sell in 2011.  We had paid off much in debt, I had not only lost weight but totally changed up my diet in 2010, we launched our business in December and I had gotten involved in some things that interested me but not nearly at the level that I would like.

BUT the other thing I realized was that these things were so, well THING oriented.  Where is the relationship stuff, where is the fun, where is just BEING?  And there began the quest to really look at 2011 from a different POV.  From a place of peace, joy, friendship, family, love…

The mission statement was born and the goals that followed took it heavily into consideration. For a reminder, 2011 is about:

Shaking up the current lifestyle paradigm to be relationship focused.

Next question was how?