There are some things I knew going into last year that I now know in a different way and am all the better for it.

Lessons on limits?

I don’t have to know how it is all going to work out to move forward.

There is a place to plan and prepare. However for some things in life, you will never be ready enough. There will never be a good time, enough money or the emotional resources to handle them. Sometimes it is a Nike moment in just do it!

How do I do whatever it takes when stepping out into the unknown? When pushing myself to the limit in some areas, I really have to know what is important. I may have to go to bed earlier and get up earlier. I may have to give some things up. I can do all kinds of things…just not all at the same time.

I don’t have to keep all the balls in the air by myself. What happens if it isn’t perfect? What happens if everything doesn’t get done as planned? Sometimes it is about letting go. Sometimes about deciding what is really important and than sometimes releasing the task and the expectations to someone else.

If I am vulnerable and ask for help I just might get it. I am quite capable in many things, yet this last year circumstances made it necessary to ask for help a number of times. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Knowing what my limitations are will allow me to focus on what I am really good at. Acknowledging what I am not good at will allow others to shine in their strengths.

I chose to focus on building more meaningful relationships with people I know. The nature of a community builder is that we continue to meet new people. However this last year I chose to emphasize build the relationships I have. There are so many incredible, smart, creative and talented people in my life already. To truly know and appreciate each of them will take me the rest of my life already.