Resolve to Evolve

Active woman walking away from the camera through winter snow

My walks this week have been considerably different than last week. Six inches of snow can certainly up the intensity.

It reminds me that it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference over time.

As we launch into a new year, I’ve decided to give up the big goals and stick to the smaller, saner ones. They are easier to commit to, be held accountable for, and correct immediately if I veer off course.

In other words, the perennial goal of writing a NY Times best seller has been “right-sized” to writing at least one blog post each week and growing my subscriber list by 50 readers a month.

Getting in shape specifically means adding a Shrink Session three times a week along with the daily dog walk. It also means learning how to do more than one exercise on my Total Gym.

Losing the need to lose weight becomes maintaining a healthy weight by eating whole foods, fruits, and vegetables every day. And chocolate every other day. 🙂

These small substitutions can be made for any big, hairy audacious goals you may have. Like compound interest, if you stick with them, you will experience exponential results by the end of the year.

That’s what happened for me in 2015. I took a series of small risks month after month that paid off in unexpected ways.

In January I attended a Live Your Message workshop in Los Angeles where I met some truly inspiring entrepreneurs as well as fellow coach Jillian Pearce who I later collaborated with on the No Matter What Game.

In February Bob and I went to Tucson where we did a photo shoot for my website with the folks from Purple Nickle. My friend and fellow Lost Lady Kerry Milligan offered up her beautiful home for the shoot. And I finally got to visit the funky little art town of Bisbee, Arizona.

In March I facilitated my first How to Get Your Groove Back class and connected with a fantastic nutritionist, Karla Schmidt, and Dr. Richard Betts, an acupuncturist and functional medicine doctor. These two have provided immense support throughout the year along with the brave souls who joined me for the first class.

In April I coached four friends through a 21-day purification process that changed us all physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Together with the eight-month Eating Psychology Coach certification program I completed in May, these experiences were game changers for my health and the health of my friends.

In June I was practicing the KonMari Method of getting rid of clutter and made enough headway to facilitate a 31 day challenge in July called Get Stuff Done 1 x31. 

The small stuff I got done led to an incredible opportunity in August to go to Miami Beach and write some cards for Cardthartic. Once there I was offered the job of my dreams. Ironically, I realized I am already living the dream. In Iowa. I didn’t see that coming.

In September my staff and I successfully orchestrated an event at our center which took equal parts planning and praying to pull off without a hitch.

In October my friend Barbi and I did our second 21-Day purification. When we finished I coached another friend through the purification in preparation for her wedding.

In November I got to speak to a great group of women at the American Business Women’s Association meeting.

In December I upped my technological abilities by experimenting in audio adventures and upgrading my phone. I also tested my organizational and attitudinal skills by hosting two holiday events.

I share my year in review in hope that you will reflect on all you’ve done and become in the last year.  I hope you will recall all the risks you took and the things you experienced that led to new and different people, places, perspectives, and things.

Sometimes we’re so focused on what we didn’t do or accomplish that we overlook all the things we did do, all the lives we did touch, or all the random acts of kindness, cruelty, or twists of fate that shaped our lives.

For me it’s more about who I become as I resolve to evolve – at New Year’s or anytime – than when I arrive.

I think Miley Cyrus might have been on to something when she sang these words:

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

Here’s to an evolutionary new year!

I’d love to hear about your Year in Review or New Year’s Resolutions in the comments below.

 

2 thoughts on “Resolve to Evolve

  1. Karen Bucj says:

    Penny, Congratulations! What a year. I am so happy to be able to say our paths crossed and I got to be invited and included in one of you events mentioned. May our paths cross again in 2016. Happy New Year to you and Bob. I love you.

    • pjplautz says:

      It was so great to have you be a part of my work and my home. I know you did amazing things in 2015 and touched so many lives with all you do and who you are. I love you, too! I’m so lucky to be related to you. 🙂

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