The Suzanne Project

Well I guess I just can’t stop talking about 2015.  I had this idea that after the holidays I would jump full force back into all of my projects, and get busy making some money.  And while I have been working on two web projects, I’ve also been spending much of January taking care of a sick kid, doing my state and local taxes, getting my accounting in order for federal taxes, doing Todd’s year-end accounting, signing up for healthcare, reflecting on 2014, and planning for 2015.

So now I know for next year, before I fully embark on the new year, I need to allow myself some time to properly put the prior year to rest, and to get things set up for the upcoming year.  In my last post I wrote about my word for the year: “integration” and how I plan to integrate in 2015, but I also wanted to share another tool I’m using to plan for 2015.

This tool was inspired by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project.  My Krypton group recently did the coursework based on her book, and part of the coursework was to write your own personal commandments, which she described as overarching principles for living your life, or core values.  The coursework also offered a list of suggested “continuous to-dos”, and a list of “one-time to-dos” to work on over the weeks of the course.  Our Krypton group decided instead to create and share a list of personal commandments, as well as our own lists of continuous to-dos and one-time to-dos that supported our commandments.

Here’s what mine looks like:

I loved putting these lists together, even though it took some time.  I made my personal commandants as short as possible so they’d be easy to remember, but here’s what they looked like before I shortened them.

  1. Be Suzanne.  Own it!  I love to blog.  I love inspirational quotes.  I love self-help books and pod-casts.  I love to design and make pillows with inspirational messages.  I’m a geek.  So what?
  2. Speak my truth.  (Part of being Suzanne.)  Keep asking myself “What do I really want?”
  3. Be patient.  Patience grasshopper!  Don’t rush things.  Don’t get too distracted.  Move forward, with intention, and patiently chip away at what I want.
  4. Be creative.  Think differently.
  5. Empathize. Assume the best in people. Put myself in their shoes.  Go deep.  Listen.
  6. Integrate:  Work, family, health, fun.
  7. Laugh.  Sing, dance, laugh, and be silly.
  8. Keep the faith.  I am moving in the right direction.
  9. Happy = Healthy.  The key to good health is happiness, which includes good food, exercise, fresh air, and fun.
  10. Grow.  Keep learning.  Try new things.  Challenge myself.  Listen.
  11. Be grateful.  Be polite.  Say thanks.
  12. Ask for help.  Mom’s don’t have to do everything.

I probably will edit these commandments and to-dos over time, but I am excited to have them hanging on my new inspiration/bulletin board next to my desk, to help inspire me to accomplish everything I want to in 2015 and beyond.  I highly recommend creating them for yourself.

My 5th commandment is “empathize” which may be the toughest commandment in the bunch, especially when dealing with my kids.  Thankfully I came across a great video on the subject to help me.  It’s a cartoon with the voice of Brené Brown, whom I just love love LOVE!  I’ve seen her in person, watched her TED Talks, and read (and loved) her book Daring Greatly, and this video she did makes me so happy:

Isn’t it great?

Okay then, am I done talking about the new year?  Probably not, but I do think I’m ready to fully jump into 2015.  Finally!

2 thoughts on “The Suzanne Project

  1. This is great! Funny, I was suppose to go to a vision/inspiration bulletin board making class tonight. Sadly, there wasn’t enough interest. Guess I’ll just have to make my own!

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