July 1, 2010

2010 Part Two

Today is July 1st. Today is the ultimate ‘hump day’ (even though I’ve always hated that expression). The first half of 2010 is in the books. Onward to part 2.

What have you accomplished this year so far? For me, I got myself hitched and started a business. Six months ago I had no idea I’d be where I am today.

It goes to show you how much can change in a very (very) short period of time. It also goes to show that sometimes, you’ll never be able to plan on where exactly things will end up. Regardless, this year is flying by and soon enough it’ll be Christmas, New Years, and on to 2011.

What do you want to accomplish during the second half of the year? What does the climax of 2010 look like for you? Take some time to think about the first half of the year – odds are, you’ve come a lot further than you give yourself credit. Then, think about what you’d like to accomplish, big or small, before this year is in the books.

  • Maybe you want to find a new job.
  • Maybe you want to move to a new place.
  • Maybe you want to write a book.
  • Maybe you’ll actually start running every day like you said you would last December.
  • Or maybe you’ll just take a step back and relax.

Whatever it is, write it down, post it on your refrigerator, leave it in the comments below, tell someone else, hold yourself publically accountable. Then go do it.

2010 has been an amazing year for me, but the best is yet to come. What does the second half of 2010 look like for you?

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  1. The first half of 2010 involved me finally discovering the focus for my blog and starting my first e-book. The next half involves finishing the first ebook for sale to the public along another one I plan to release by the end of this year.

    Kind of weird but I finally feel that I'm doing work that matters…two years before I finish my undergraduate degree.

    By the year's end, I hope to take some of the burden of my mother when paying tuition fees. And if it can pay for the apartment I'm staying in as well, even better.

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  2. Half of 2010 is going in such a different direction than I could have anticipated,I started a blog and re-discovered my love of writing. During this process, I feel I am discovering what my next adventure is going to be.

    Next half will be about developing my writing skills and my photographic eye. I have creativity on my mind…

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  3. I love posts like this because they force you to pause and appreciate where you are in life…

    2010 has been incredible. I graduated from Florida State University, started my career as a public relations professional, bought my first car completely on my own, celebrated my two year anniversary with my boyfriend, watched my best friend get married (and was her maid of honor) and signed a lease on an apartment away from the college scene.

    I don't know what's in store for the second half of 2010 exactly, but I anticipate a lot of growth personally and professionally. I'm mainly looking forward to getting to that next step at work, in my relationship and in my new young professional life.

    Great post!

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  4. It's hard to believe how quickly the first half of 2010 flew by. It feels like just yesterday when I wrote my post about New Year resolutions (http://www.lauriesteiner.com/2009/12/31/2010-is…).

    The past six months have included running a half-marathon, starting hot yoga, adopting a dog, boyfriend getting in and moving away to dental school and lots of changes to my freelancing and 9-5 jobs. I hope the next half of 2010 is even more exciting than the last and includes lots of new adventures.

    Happy second half of 2010 :)

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  5. You and I had similar blogs today, and your questions completely resonate with me on a day where I contemplate how my year has gone (quit my job, started my own business) and where it's going (getting married in 3 weeks, and am probably moving to Belgium in a month or two).

    I think it's important to set your course, but not so much that you miss out on other incredible opportunities life throws at you. Two months ago, I was convinced I would be a life coach in Phoenix; now it's much more likely that I'm going to be a coffee-swilling writer in Brussels (which is completely and utterly fine with me!).

    The beauty is in the crazy. What I would like to accomplish for the remainder of this year is to ride the waves with grace, and hone an insightful eye that lends itself well to my (probably fromage-ridden) writing.

    Here's to scheming and dreaming for the second half of the year.

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  6. You and I had similar blogs today, and your questions completely resonate with me on a day where I contemplate how my year has gone (quit my job, started my own business) and where it's going (getting married in 3 weeks, and am probably moving to Belgium in a month or two).

    I think it's important to set your course, but not so much that you miss out on other incredible opportunities life throws at you. Two months ago, I was convinced I would be a life coach in Phoenix; now it's much more likely that I'm going to be a coffee-swilling writer in Brussels (which is completely and utterly fine with me!).

    The beauty is in the crazy. What I would like to accomplish for the remainder of this year is to ride the waves with grace, and hone an insightful eye that lends itself well to my (probably fromage-ridden) writing.

    Here's to scheming and dreaming for the second half of the year.

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  7. Oh, how relevant this post is for me today. Yesterday, I found out that my “position was being eliminated.” So, after more than a year and a half at my company, the job hunt begins. It probably goes without saying that my first goal for the second half of 2010 is to get a job. But, it's more than that. I want to find a job that I love, something that I enjoy waking up and doing every day. Just being content isn't enough for me anymore. I guess the greater goal, that includes getting a job, is making myself happy, and I'm excited to see where this road takes me!

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  8. I'd love to be making more money, but who wouldn't? I'm hoping that in the second half of 2010, the start up I work for REALLY takes off, I garner new/more readers and that I get to see my family again (it's already been 7 months, could likely be close to a year before I see them). Of course within all of that includes character goals, like managing my time for writing better, controlling my internet addiction (must I even elaborate?), followed by throwing a wicked 30th birthday party for my husband in December… lots to think about, lots to plan and hopefully lots of success to come.

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  9. Best of luck on your job search.. and hope you find the job you love to wake up to! I'm 40 and still hoping to find it. Seeing all of the posts and goals on this blogs makes me realize I could be doing a lot more to take control of that search. It's a struggle to get over the “comfortableness” of the known and a steady paycheck. Human behavior is strange.. most people will stay in a crappy situation just because it's familiar. What's up with that!?

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  10. That is great to hear man. Doing work that matters…it doesn't get any better than that, right? Congrats to you and I can't wait to check out your e-book(s). One of the other milestones for me this year (so far) was becoming 100% debt free. It's an amazing feeling – as you're seeing right now, college is frickin' expensive. Feels outstanding to have that debt weight lifted…Here's to a great second half of the year!

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  11. I'm right there with you Anyes. This year has been an entirely new overall experience for me, but I'm loving every minute of it. I feel like I need to (RE)discover my love of writing – more writing for ME. I love the blog, but not everything I want to say and write would be 100% appropriate for the audience here – but I'm finding other ways to get that more 'creative' writing side out of my system – just need to make more time for it, which is easier said than done when I'm running around trying to stay sane with work :)

    Thanks for coming by and all the best to you!

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  12. Thanks, Lauren – and thanks for coming by. Miss you around here. It's clear that 2010 has already been an amazing year for you – that graduation year already seems like it was SO long ago. I have to constantly remind myself that it's only been two years since I've been in the “real world” – as fast as time is going by, not THAT much time has really gone by. All the best to you Lauren, hope we can talk soon!

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  13. I feel the same way – it seems like yesterday I was sitting down writing my resolutions. Now I'm sitting here thinking about why I haven't stayed true to each of them – I guess losing my job, starting a business, getting myself married – yeah, they are all excuses, but pretty decent ones, right?

    PS I admire you for running the half marathon – I really want to do this (and a full one, some day, maybe…) Congrats on that accomplishment. Hot Yoga…on the other hand…me doing that would be a site to see, haha.

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  14. Moving to Belgium? WOW. What's prompting that move? The beauty is indeed in the unknown and 'crazy'. It's slightly terrifying, but incredibly exciting. I love the diversity of every single day…if nothing else, it keeps things very interesting. Cheers!

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  15. [...] and make sure I’ll be happy with my year’s accomplishments. Matt Cheuvront over at Life Without Pants urges the same [...]

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  16. Great post, Matt, and thanks for nudging me to do the same (http://elginista.com/2010/07/02/ready-set-go-se…). My birthday was last weekend, and I typically use it as sort of a mid-year sanity check – if the year ended right now, would I be happy with what I accomplished?

    2010 has been an incredible year so far – huge changes in nearly every aspect of my life – and yet I'm happier than I've been in a long time. I feel like I'm on the cusp of even better things, and it sounds like you are too. Here's to an awesome second half!

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  17. You will do great because you have a great attitude. As you know, I've been where you are and am much better of for it. I don't know where I'll end up but I am enjoying life so much more now since I went through that experience. It puts things in perspective and it was very much a blessing in disguise. If you ever need anything, always know I am more than happy to help you out any way I can…

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  18. Haha..more money is always a good thing, right? It sounds like you have a lot on deck for the next (half) year ahead. Best of luck to you Lindsey!

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  19. Rock on! Holding yourself publicly accountable has always helped me out in the past. It sounds like overall this year has been a year of big changes, exciting new happenings, and transitions for a lot of folks. If the first half of the year is any indication, we're in for a heck of a ride in the next half-year ahead of us. Cheers!

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  20. Thanks Matt! I really appreciate your friendship and your support :)

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