Blooming and growing: the end of 2010.

As we turn the corner of December into 2011, I've been thinking about habits and stagnation and communication and how to maintain strong relationships with friends and family. I've been thinking about the importance of speaking up when things aren't right and clearing the air as often as possible. Sounds smart, right? Also sounds tiring.

And the funny thing is that I've been thinking about so many thing in life like this. If only I could get into an exercise routine that would someday blend into habit. Same with cooking healthy food. Same with having a strong relationship... once you've achieved success, you should be able to sit back and take a break, right?

Wrongville, USA. The truth is, as you grow up you realize that it's pretty rare that things roll seamlessly without any care or attention.

There's a famous acronym used in sales, ABC, which stands for "Always Be Closing." When you're a salesman, you can't rest on your laurels for too long after every deal. Because soon enough, the deal you made fades away and you've got to prove yourself again. In sales, like in life, high moments can only get you so far.

And so my motto for 2011 is going to be Always Be Growing. Because a beautiful plant doesn't pause its growing when it achieves success... it keeps on taking in sunshine and water and holding up against bad weather. Life goes on, even when you've bloomed.

2010 has been an incredible year for us. Chris became a partner, I became a director, we navigated our first year living together, we explored new parts of the U.S., we saw so many friends marry their loves. We decided to choose each other for the rest of our lives. I did a lot of writing and Chris did a lot of coding. We had parties and dinners and coffees and drinks with people who challenge us and love us. We got a lot of sleep. It was a beautiful year.

(It's probably worth mentioning that for every best memory I include in this post, there have been struggles. Our families have had their share of challenges this year, I spend approximately 86% of my life feeling like I'm disappointing someone, Chris works a whole lot. But I don't feel like we have much right to complain; we are healthy and happy and we get each other through it all.)

So we're riding the crest of 2010 right into January, into a new year that already promises to be full and bright. A wedding. A 30th birthday. A 27th birthday. Maybe a new cat. Trips and a honeymoon and hopefully even more dinners with friends. It makes me a bit weary thinking about it all, even the best parts.

But we commit ourselves to another year of trying our best. We pat ourselves on the back and we stand tall to face the new year, to conquer it. To always be growing.

Happy New Year 2010. May you and everyone you love be gearing up to grow.

1 comment:

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