New Year, New Me, New You

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Stop_the_World-300x270It’s almost Valentine’s Day and this post is about the new year. Someone is late (imagine me pointing my finger at myself).

Life certainly can be entertaining, can’t it? 2014 ended and 2015 started and I am just catching up. I am too old for the hamster wheel I’ve been on for the past 90 days! I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase, STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF! Well, it’s been my personal motto since mid-October 2014.

But I’m over that, and it’s a new year, a new me, a new you, and a new chance to evaluate, improve and succeed. Now that’s a course I want to stay on!

It dawned on me recently that I’ve been speaking professionally for nearly 40 years. That’s a long time. And the kicker is – I’ve been getting paid for it! But as good as I’m told I am, I knew I had not honed my skills to the level I want to achieve. And I wanted to be better, to really earn the money I was being paid to train and inspire and motivate others.

So I did some exploring, talked to a few friends, including the amazing Devin Thorpe, and discovered the National Speakers Association. After researching their reputation, their services, and their requirements…I discovered that I qualified for membership, and I signed up!

Today I attended my first NSA conference, and WOW! I have a lot to learn, a lot to do, and a lot of new friends. This is a picture of me with an old/new friend, Karen Petersen.IMG_0128

We’ve known each other for a long time, we even talk every day, but we had not met until lunch this afternoon. You might know Karen too…she is the female Australian voice of Siri and most GPS systems. Who knew!? (I’ll never be able to get mad at her again!)

I guess the message I want to share today is simple. There are ups and downs in life, but they don’t matter unless you let the down times knock you off course. I’ve been otherwise engaged for a few months, but I’m back, and I’m better than ever before. I’m honing my skills, I’m broadening my network, I’m seeing a successful 2015 ahead.

Sure. You’re right. It’s the 38th day of the new year…but who cares? I’m celebrating like it’s the first day!

Happy New Year…and let’s make it our best year ever! (Siri’s response? “That may be beyond my abilities at the moment.”)

I guess Siri has down days too.

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