This is the third post in a series. Missed the first two posts? No worries, see the first one here where I summarize the to do’s & to continue doing’s of contributors and the second one here which goes over the to stop doing & not to do’s. This post continues, this time with things to stop doing & not to do’s.
This is the 5th year where I’ve sought contributors from around the world to see what they’re up to with each. For a quick tour of what each of these mean, see below.
- To do * things I want to start doing, being or having
- To continue doing * these work, so I should continue doing these
- To stop doing * I tried these but they aren’t effective, so I shouldn’t do them anymore.
- To not do * I know I want to stay away from these
- To done * that’s not a typo; these are my accomplishments – I am proud of these. This one is left off most lists I know of and yet it’s critical to take time to reflect on what we’ve done not just on what’s left to do
- To feel * (new this year, inspired by Danielle LaPorte) how I want to feel in the upcoming year.
- To-oodle * what I do when I need/want to avoid following my lists and let my mind wander
Take a read & get inspired. Here we go …
To done * that’s not a typo; these are my accomplishments – I am proud of these. This one is left off most lists I know of and yet it’s critical to take time to reflect on what we’ve done not just on what’s left to do.
Sarah Elamin Ng’inja, one of my fabulous safari adventure friends & Donor Relations Specialist, UNICEF Somalia is a survivor. Her to done is that she ‘got through most of 2013 with everything in tact.’
Marie Mainil & team from the Amani Institute, which works at developing next-generation talent to address social challenges is celebrating ’85 students from 24 countries in 4 programs with fantastic feedback from them, yeah!’
‘Caleb Gichuhi, who hails from Sisi ni Amani which, among other things, does incredible work using texting to prevent violence is shaking his pompoms from having been ‘involved in promoting and maintaining peace in Hot Spots during the Kenyan 2013 general elections, Ran 3 major community programs in Kenya that will see communities benefit in various ways from their local government, visited Central and North America and got to interact with different individuals.’
Tricia Hollyer, founder of Brave Leaps is celebrating ‘launching Brave Leaps! It’s been such an amazing experience to hear and share people’s stories of courage and resilience, of opening themselves to the life they truly want. I’m so grateful to be able to do this and be a part of an amazing community.’
Joanna Wedge, an international child protection specialist & one of the coolest people I know says ‘I really nailed regular exercise and am so pleased. I landed on my feet after a bad professional experience and learnt a lot from it.’
Niall O’Connor, the WWF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, super great dad & a very fun guy to go on safaris with ‘slimmed down, got fit, had fun and made love with life.’
To feel * (new this year, inspired by Danielle LaPorte) how I want to feel in the upcoming year.
Jennifer Mutua, Chair , Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) & Eastern Africa’s Regional Board Representative for AFREA, says ‘I want to have a more-rounded feeling of accomplishment spiritually,socially as well as in my professional development.’
Sarah wants to feel balanced. Marie wants to feel creative & joyful. Caleb wants to feel love, excitement and thrilling happiness. While Tricia says ‘Mmmm, love this question! Spacious, present, joyful, soft, abundant, open, connected, clear, irresistibly vibrant. In meditation I see myself as a beacon of love and light. Yes please!’ ‘Happy for all I have, and keen to push for more, simple and honest joy’ is how Niall puts it.
Creator, author & all round spectacular human, Danielle LaPorte’s ‘core desired feelings’ are ‘in communion, divine feminine, abundance, creation.’ Do yourself a big favour & check out her book on desire at the link above.
To-oodle * what I do when I need/want to avoid following my lists and let my mind wander.
Jennifer to-oodles by ‘just relaxing,and being good to me.’ Sarah’s recipe is ‘watching a whole bunch of television series: Downton, Scandal, you name it because the list goes on and on.’ ‘Listening to music, gazing out into the clouds’ does it for Marie, while Caleb ‘listens to dub-step music, plays the guitar and plays video games.’
Tricia replies with ‘sit in the sun and watch things grow. Sounds weird I know, but watching the plants in my garden sway in the wind, or the trees and water around me when I’m in the forest, gives my mind the peace and my soul the space to blossom.’
And last but certainly not least Joanna says ‘PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Sigh.’
Feel free to add your own ideas & suggestions (for yourself or Joanna) and/or let me know if you want to be included in next year’s compilation.