On one of my daily blogs, I read about an exercise where you write a letter to yourself for the next year, reflecting on your goals + dreams as if they already happened. A collection of self-fulfilling prophecies, if you will. On its surface it may seem silly (or even scary), but actually writing “Congratulations on your feature on Oh, So Beautiful Paper” (or said goal for yourself) can provide a kick in the butt needed to work towards it. So I took a stab at this back in January 2013, and just read over what I had hoped for myself today. It was a really interesting practice (one I highly recommend) because when I wrote it, I truly thought some of the goals were simply out of reach. I knew it was for my eyes only, so I threw caution to the wind. But it turns out in some cases, I was selling myself short. Here’s the best example of that; I noted in my letter that I was going to be a part of a strong network of Connecticut wedding vendors, but something even better happened. This network came with it some of the most incredible friends, ones that have changed my life professionally + personally. You know who you are, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Of course, I don’t have a perfect batting average. My younger dog still barks incessantly at anyone who comes to the door (though I have made progress!), I didn’t yet get that feature in OSBP, and I still haven’t seen Paris. But regardless of the shortcomings, I can say wholeheartedly that 2013 has been the most challenging + fulfilling year of my life. Resolutions may have a deadline of December 31st, but dreams + goals allow you more time. Time to appreciate progress made, and assess new tactics on how to get it done. So I feel no shame in rewriting some of mine that I didn’t get to cross off the list this year, while celebrating those that need not be repeated.