15 Minutes for You...

Sigalle Barness | 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.

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