Goodbye 2011!

I'll miss you most of all, my new friends...but I'll be back in 2012!

I'll miss you most of all, my new friends...but I'll be back in 2012!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s here already! The 29-Day Giving Challenge ends tomorrow, which also means that the holidays are literally upon us. I don’t know about you, but the time just flew right by for me (in the best possible way – I had SO much fun!), and now I’m getting ready to take it all in and reflect on the experience. Before I go on, though, I want to take a moment to recap the giveaway requirements, just so we’re all on the same page.

  • If you haven't already done so, make sure you share one of your gifts in the comments section of this blog by the end of the day tomorrow. You can do it at the bottom of any Challenge blog post (including this one), just make sure you get it in by tomorrow.
  • Email a list of all of your gifts to by Sunday, January 1st. You don't need to go into detail for this list -- a brief summary of each gift will do just fine. If you have gifts of a very personal nature, just do your best to get the idea across.
  • To remain eligible to win the 6-session phone-coaching package with me, you must also submit a paragraph detailing why you think you would benefit from private coaching. Simply include this at the bottom of your gift list email.

Sometime during the first week in January, we’re going to announce the winner of the coaching package, and all of the participants who meet the challenge requirements will receive their free copy of the Artists In Action Inner Balance package.

Like I mentioned above, I plan on taking some time over the next week to relax and reflect, and I want to encourage you to do the same. Think about not only what you learned from the Giving Challenge, but also what 2011 brought you personally and professionally. What resonated with you most? What are you most proud of? Where were you especially challenged? What lessons can you take with you into 2012? The trick here is to be open and understanding with yourself – this isn’t about regretting the mistakes you made or opportunities you missed. It’s about taking everything at face value, learning from the good and the bad, celebrating your successes, and knowing that it’s one chapter in a much larger story.

Most of all, make the closing days of 2011 about you and those you love. Practice self-care as if it were a gift to yourself. And if you’re spending time with family and friends, be as present as you can be and enjoy the little gifts that they give you each and every day. Above all, have FUN!

On this end, I’m going to take my own advice and sign off until January. Before I do, let me just take a quick moment to say how much I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences with you through this blog. I can’t tell you how proud I am of what we’re building here – it feels like the community is growing on a weekly basis (if you need proof, just check out all of the comments here), and I have a feeling that amazing things are in store for all of us in 2012!

Can’t wait to catch up with all of you in January! Enjoy the holidays and have a Happy New Year!