Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.

Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear.

five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.

How do you measure,

Measure a year?

Seasons of Love, RENT

I came of age during the rise of RENT on Broadway. If there is one song that gets caught in my head, it’s Seasons of Love. If you’ve never heard it, take a listen here (it’s also a great reminder that Idina Menzel has played characters other than Elsa).

Of all of the equalizers in the world, time is one of them. We are each granted with 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks a year. While our stage in life, professional responsibilities and family obligations may shift how this time is spent, it is up to us to figure out how to optimize.

I’m reflective now on the past year. I used the 5 Deep Questions for your 2017 Review tool created specifically for our Intentional Life Lab community and uncovered a few ways I have measured the year.  Here are a few:

  • Relationships: I met more new people in 2017 than I think is normal in adulthood. While I tend toward introversion and having a few really close friends, I decided to let more people into my life this year. What this has led to are new-found friends in adulthood. Opening my life (and my time) to these people has been rewarding and inspiring.
  • Professional ups and downs: This year was challenging regarding my profession. I went after a few opportunities that didn’t pan out. I also had some amazing cheerleaders show up during this time to propel me forward. While I have done the normal exercise of looking back on the time spent preparing, visualizing myself in a new role, and wondering what could I have done differently to change the outcome, I’ve spent more time using this experience to help me focus on “what I want to be when I grow up.” As cliche as it is, I believe things happen for a reason, and my professional journey is no exception.
  • Travel: I had some serious “pinch me” moments of travel this year. I lived out a life-long dream of staying at a Ritz-Carlton (something this small town girl never thought would happen). I took a cruise with my family and am asked everyday when we are getting back on the ship. I also enjoyed daytrips to festivals, pumpkin patches, and nearby cities for quick getaways.

There are no “things” on my list. There are people, experiences, and personal growth. That’s how I’m measuring my year. How are you going to measure your year?

If you need help getting started, be sure to check out 5 Deep Questions for your 2017 Review.

About the Author Natalie - Small Town Leadership

Natalie believes everything she needed to know to succeed in her career she learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. As a Certified Professional Coach, passionate writer, and award-winning public speaker, she helps her clients and audiences make wherever they are feel like a small town. She lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Rob, a professor at Ohio State and two little girls.

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