Last year was a big year for my family. Aptly named, “The Year of Change”, my wife and I welcomed our third child into the world. We didn’t know the half of change we’d face. I decided it was time to leave Ball State University and start my career as a “solopreneur” with BC Digital Marketing. My wife moved to a new position at her job. My 5 year old started kindergarten. I underwent a medical procedure. And I continued to attempt CrossFit (note: I am still far from experienced in CrossFit and attempting CrossFit was about the best I could do).
Keep Moving Forward
To keep with setting a theme for the new year, something our whole family could strive to, we opted with “Keep Moving Forward.”
It’s a simple quote and direction for everyone. When she and I talked about what we wanted to accomplish this year, maybe set some resolutions, we ultimately decided this was our resolution.
When starting a business, you set out with goals and objectives. Some are more clear than others. To accomplish these goals, you set out to complete smaller tasks. For us, to Keep Moving Forward means to celebrate those smaller experiences and tasks that help us grow as a family and individuals.
What It Means To Me
Professionally, I am looking to continue writing and building my business. Every week I take necessary steps, no matter how scary, to keep growing. I know I will reach a point when it’s no longer viable for me to run solo. Instead of tip-toeing around the issue, I meet it and do what’s necessary. I have an incredible network helping me.
Personally, I want to be present. This means putting down the phone, turning my head from the soft LED glow from my television and laptop, and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Physically, I am striving to improve. I had a kidney stone a year and a half ago. I injured my wrist last summer playing softball. I run about 800 meters to a mile and feel like someone is stomping on my lungs. I am dedicating myself more to CrossFit to improve my functional fitness, but when the Indiana weather stops playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I plan on running.
But the hardest challenge beginning 2015 was deciding to quit drinking soda/pop/Coca-Cola. This isn’t the first time I attempted this, but I ultimately decided when the clock struck midnight and the year began I was no longer going to drink Coke. The first week of the year felt like 100 years.
I’m writing this now one month soda free.
You can’t move forward without taking steps. Standing still and wishing for something better won’t get me anywhere. Putting my foot forward, taking a leap of faith, is what got me here to begin with. I see no reason to stop moving in 2015.
Keep moving forward.