Reflecting on 2008

I found a word visual board made in Feb 08 and was so internally delighted to read and feel how far I’ve come! I achieved almost all of them and the ones that I’m still working on I feel certain I’ve made a huge difference in how I saw the phrase as I was writing it down in Feb 08! Listed below is what the word board lists……………it’s probably worth mentioning that my main goal was to live in Portugal for one full year and BE and this board was created in light of what Portugal had to offer me.

LIFE STYLE: Sunshine, Weather, Ocean, Waves, Sand, Trees, Views, Nature, Easy Pace

[Result: a far cry from my life in NYC and exactly what I was looking for and more]

FAMILY: Choose the friends carefully- ones that are close and meaningful, man, loving and balanced, funny and inspired in his life.

[Result: ok so the friends part I exceeded in, I made more and better friends than I had dreamed possible! man front was not as eventful, great summer relationship but turned out it was another long distance relationship and I want 90% reality and 10% fantasy……………….]

HOME: Old portuguese style mixed with new clean lines, open and friendly, inviting, entertaining, cooking, Investing – Dog my own Purdy.

[Result: Man Oh Man do I feel lucky to have found my flat and thanks to Sue for helping me put pen to paper and ask for what I wanted, yes the home front is exactly what I wanted, ok so the new clean lines are not yet there but the views and feel are spot on. Cooking lots and lots and Investing mmmmmmmm I invested in myself deeply. Dog, never got my own but dog sat for 2 friends and one of the dogs will be back next weekend]

JOB/INCOME: Creative Environment, Investing in my future, Building towards my future, Working with people, Managing my own time.

[Result: spot on for all of them, time with TM got me slap bang into a superbly creative team and environment all the jobs I took on helped me get closer to what I know now that I want = Teach Yoga, become a life Coach and give massages all allowing me to manage my own time]

PORTUGAL CAN OFFER ME: Time to know what it feels like just to BE, Time to feel sad and BE, Feel Happy and BE, Feel worthwhile for who I am and resolve my feelings of inadequacy with my family.

[Result: first 3 points above were definately tackeled, some days easier than others but overall superebly happy with being me. On the family front I began to realise the issues have more to do with me and the power I hand over to them. Im seeing now that I can be different and be loved by them]

Thank you so much to Sue and Ann in particular for helping me through those first few months when I thought there was no way I would make it to one year:) I am blessed to have you in my life!

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