I began 2010 by giving myself the gift of a year. It was a huge step, spurred on by my dear friend the Late Bloomer Bride and chronicled periodically on this blog. My gift to myself became a year of focus on taking care of me (something I’d sadly neglected) and realized was high time I did it. It wasn’t easy, it was a year of backsliding and reality checks, all of them culminating in a huge decision made and executed by the end of 2010.
Realizing that my job and travel had much to do with not taking care of myself, I jettisoned it and began Jaggers Communications at the beginning of 2011.
That decision, and every decision after it has been a continuation of that watershed year. Early this year I joined Weight Watchers for the first time in my life. I’ve joined a gym and have been working out like it’s a new religion.
There’s not this “end game” where there’s one specific goal or another I’ve got to reach. It’s a series of small steps and ideas that reveal themselves along the way. When I gave myself the gift of a year, it was intended to be a single year, but what I really did was give myself a life, and for that I will always be grateful.
I’m delighted when I hear from those of you who were inspired by the original post and the original year as it evolved. I’m giddy over the women I know who chose to take a year of their own. I hope that this post reaches someone else who will have an epiphany and decide, right here and now, to take it on (please tell me if that’s you!).