This is the second part to my Annual Review 2015 post - for Part 1, click here.
What next year might hold
It may not always be obvious to those who have read it, but the central theme of one of my all-time favorite books, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, is love in all of its forms. Compassion in particular has always been a struggle for me (although I am making slow progress), but there are many other ways to show and experience love, some big ones being giving and gratitude.
Chris Guillebeau also talks a lot about both those subjects in his Annual Review post. The importance of these practices is something I was just beginning to grasp at the end of 2015, but wow what a difference those concepts have made in a short time.
I want to go into 2015 redoubling not only my efforts to expand my compassion, but to expand my gratitude and giving as well.
Even though I burned out on traveling at the end of summer, those embers didn’t take long to reignite. By mid-autumn, I was already starting to yearn for the airport again, which of course, didn’t jive very well with the 9-5 office job.
But now I’ve successfully removed those shackles and am starting 2016 relatively free of daily geographical requirements. There are already definite plans for Portland and Thailand in January, with potential trips to Vegas, the north woods of Wisconsin, and either Fiji, Bali, or New Zealand in the first half of 2016.
Equally as important, I will absolutely be returning for another whirlwind experience at the World Domination Summit next year. When I attended WDS for the first time in 2014, it was one of the most eye opening and enriching experiences of my life. I couldn’t be more excited to see what happens when I return with an even more solid sense of intent.
The freedom to wander around with my mate
Speaking of traveling…I’ve likely mentioned before that my man is in the entertainment business. Therefore, he is on the road about 50% of the time. And since I was previously in the same travel-heavy industry (not to mention a travel-hacker before that), between the two of us we hold a somewhat ridiculous number of airline miles across the various alliances.
This year I have absolutely no restrictions (beyond our dog) on my ability to roam about with him, meet him for mini getaways, or bounce to some fun destination when he’s on a break. From almost the day we got together that kind of freedom has been my dream, and now with my businesses being location independent, the dream has become a reality.
Advancements in writing, collaboration, and entrepreneurship
Finally, next year is already promising to hold some really amazing opportunities to work with fellow entrepreneurs, including potentially one of my real-life heroes.
Since I've always felt people can be an incredibly important resource, I felt one of the best & biggest steps I made this year was to join a high-level mastermind group, which helped tremendously in kick-starting both my businesses and myself. That single act has already lead me down a number of interesting paths, and I have no doubt will continue to do so well into 2016.
I also discovered that the universe is continually pointing me in the direction of writing & editing, so my intent is to go with that flow and continue improving myself in every way possible with regard to those particular arts.
I have a some opportunities presenting themselves in the form of ghostwriting a couple of novels, as well as a novel of my own on the docket and the opportunity to collaborate on some larger-scale editing projects with a close friend of mine.
All around, 2015 was pretty fantastic, but I couldn’t be more excited to see where 2016 takes me.