15 Minutes for You...

January 7, 2014

About a year ago, FurtherEd CEO, David Schnurman, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Bio

Written by Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Vice President of Content and a member of Lawline.com’s Executive Team. Sigalle provides business strategy and leadership to the company and directly manages Lawline’s accreditation, programming and production operations. Sigalle also analyzes market trends and applies insights to develop and execute written and video content including online educational programming, email marketing, social media campaigns, press releases, blog articles and large scale live events. Sigalle graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in English. She received her J.D. in 2010 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Sigalle is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is also an active member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), and is the former Chair of ACLEA’s Programming Special Interest Group (2013 – 2015) and National Provider Special Interest Group (2015 - 2017). Before joining Lawline in March 2012, Sigalle litigated civil claims in areas such as landlord tenant, breach of contract and tax lien and mortgage foreclosures actions. She also handled transactional matters such as drafting residential and commercial leases, demand letters, and client conflict waivers. Sigalle is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, asking questions and all things food. She is also fluent in Hebrew and enjoys writing fiction, traveling and scuba diving.


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