“Celebrate endings—for they proceed new beginnings”.
(Jonathan Lockwood Huie)
Happy New Year from the Walk into the Future blog!
Grateful to continue to write blog articles to express my thoughts and document life adventures. This blog started as a way for me to share with my friends and has evolved into a space for me to highlight a bit of creativity. This blog also provides a place to advocate for social change in the world—did not have this in mind when I launched the blog but there is no turning back now. My walk continues to expand so I am excited to see what new angles I can tackle in 2021.
2021 promises to bring new opportunities for us all. 2020 was a monster on multiple levels but there were opportunities for growth as well.
Happy to report I was able to meet all my 2020 goals except the number of half marathons I ran. Of course, COVID-19 was the reason the race season did not happen, so I am not upset I did not meet this goal.
I am in the process of generating my 2021 goals and look forward to working towards them daily.
My reading program increased in 2020 and I enjoyed exploring new topics and authors. I see this as an area I can expand in 2021. I fancy myself as a lifelong learner and reading keeps me engaged in learning new things and hopefully sharing these things with my tree branches. Please note, I am always open to your suggestions for books so send me a few—thanks!
The Rock N Roll marathon series has 6 races projected for in-person competition in 2021. My favorite race, the Nashville Rock N Roll half marathon is scheduled for April 25, 2021. My 2020 registration automatically rolled over so I can run in the race this year if I would like. I am not committed to running this or any race at this point especially if it means I must get on a plane to get to the race city. Will wait and see how the vaccination process impacts the spread of COVID-19 before deciding on this race. Would hate to miss Nashville two years in a row but this is the world we live in. The Savannah race is scheduled for November 7, 2021 and this may be a better option—we will see.
I will look at some smaller, local races to get my competitive fix. I am sure Track Shack in Orlando will have some races I want to run—the OUC half may be on my race calendar again this year based on location and safety measures.
I began the process of creating an Authentic Leadership eBook in 2020. Will look to put the finishing touches on this project in 2021. Wanted to share a few leadership principles in a different format to see if others would be interested in this project. It has been fun working on a new outlet for my thoughts and plan to expand the authentic leadership platform in 2021.
My leadership consulting is another area I want to expand in 2021. My work in 2019 had me positioned for a huge consulting year in 2020 but we all know the impact of COVID-19 on all industries. Will look to create an outreach program to reengage with organizations I have worked with in the past and generate new leads. Virtual programming and meetings became common in 2020 and see this continuing in 2021. This can lead to new ways to reach organizations and provide a consulting rebirth for me and others. Fingers crossed!
I am sure there will be other goals to add to my list, but these are a few I will work towards in 2021.
What goals do you have for the new year? How successful were you meeting your 2020 goals? Thanks!
“Every moment is a fresh beginning”.