15 Minutes for You…

About a year ago, my boss sat me and ten other employees down and handed us all a piece of paper.  On it, was a  madlibs formula that told a story about what life was currently like and  what it would eventually be in five years. Everyone in the room took  fifteen minutes and filled it out – and then we all went around the room  and shared our vision for ourselves.

What I  discovered about myself were things I wasn’t even aware were so  important to me. I discovered I wanted the following things to be part  of every single day moving forward:

  • To make sure vegetables are the first thing in my body every morning.
  • To sing and dance every day – just because.
  • To write – because when I don’t, I feel too full.
  • To be around people who make me laugh … hard.
  • To be challenged and never succumb to complacency.

Perhaps  most importantly, however, was the realization that the insight I gained was a product of just fifteen minutes of focusing. What, I began  to imagine, could I learn if I took an hour, a day, or even a week to  really think about what I wanted? In that moment, I learned to stop  floating with only a vague understanding of where I was heading. In that  moment, I understood that I had been somewhat of a passenger rather than the driving factor of how my life was panning out.

Now, that was a year ago and admittedly I haven’t been as diligent in  practicing the preach but … the lesson was ingrained enough to inform  the important decisions I made throughout 2013. Despite that, what better time than now to pause, review and take my fifteen minutes? Thus, I encourage everyone who reads this to do the same and, if you would be  comfortable sharing, I would be honored to read your past achievements and future goals as well!

2013 Accomplishments:

  • High Five’d Moby in Brooklyn
  • Fell in love in New Orleans
  • Saw a Ghost in Memphis
  • Served as a juror for 6 weeks
  • Invented 3 new recipes
  • Ran a 5k in 36 minutes
  • Got promoted
  • Chose air over smoke
  • Chose the harder path for the greater good
  • Lost 25 pounds
  • Achieved the Crow Pose
  • Ate Alligator and Dog Fish
  • Traveled Alone…and met my travel soul mates
  • Navigated a Bamboo Raft
  • Rode an Elephant
  • Learned 6 new recipes
  • Found Peace in a Buddhist Temple
  • Wished on a shooting Star in the Jungle
  • Danced on the beaches of Ko Phi Phi
  • Dived with sharks in the Andaman Sea
  • Made and implemented a financial plan

2014 Goals

  • Volunteer at least 3 times
  • Spend more time not just with but knowing my family
  • Fall crazy into love
  • Take 1 risk a day
  • Go on a yoga retreat
  • Listen more and talk less
  • Do at least 3 things that scare me
  • Write, Write, Write
  • Leave the country again at least once
  • Save at least 2 months salary
  • Get Scuba Certified
  • Achieve a head stand
  • Read 3 books that will help me grow
  • Dance on the beaches of another foreign sea
  • Travel to at least 2 new U.S. states
  • Eat 1 thing I have never eaten before

Happy New Years Everyone!  I hope 2014 brings you EVERYTHING you want, need and desire.

Author: Sigalle Barness

Sigalle champions and grows people's brand awareness through impactful stories that are authentic, meaningful, and thought provoking. She designs communications strategies that underscore the why and how behind a person's work. Sigalle also strategically delivers episodic content focused on conversations and interviews with key figures that truly reflect the business, professional, and educational needs of legal industry. Sigalle's favorite things in the whole world are her husband and two children. Sigalle also loves good food and travel. She is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, and cooking.

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