This year has been so un-Oola for me.
Seriously. I achieved zero. Zilch. None of my Oola goals. It was the opposite of ‘perfection’. I reluctantly moved to London and lived without furniture for over 8 weeks. I paid thousands of dollars out of pocket to establish a new home in London. Then, throughout the year, I kicked myself for having most of those objects in storage in Utah. I worked tirelessly, foregoing food, exercise, and personal reflection, during a time when the office around me was in turmoil. I ignored the love others offered to me and I hated myself and cried for days on end.
Mid 2016, my life took a turn.
I got possibly the best advice I have gotten in a long time: “Focus on social media. You seem to get it.”
Without any prompt other than a divine one, a colleague unfortunately got a blood clot, and a space was open for a panel moderator. I moderated the panel and I got crazy, unexpectedly and forever inspired by Jihan Thomas. “Whatever you are afraid of,” she said “do it now. If you have never talked to a neighbor about your passions, do it now. If you have never done a Facebook Live, do it now.”
Somewhere in the deep boroughs of myself a light sparked and I did my first Facebook Live that day. The continued response has been astonishing. I am forever grateful for each of you who value what I must say and watch my videos. I am inspired by you and still am overwhelmed by how much you are inspired by me. Even with all the fame and glory of a few Facebook Lives, I may have never realized the full potential to just let my voice be heard without wise council. People are listening.
And you know what. Tomorrow is another day. Next year is another year.
So, if you are like me and didn’t check all those boxes you meant to check this year, don’t worry about it. Just put one foot in front of the other and do your best. Don’t wait for perfect, because there is no perfect, and perfection is the enemy of progress. So what are you afraid of? What did you mean to achieve in 2016 (or even 2015, 2014, or 1998) that you still haven’t? Why not start today?
I’m so inspired by what 2017 has in store. I am ready for whatever this world throws at me. Let’s go! Are you with me? If so, Join The YL Education Club!
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