I got a new paper-based planner for 2015. It’s called the ‘My iBloom 2015 Life & Business Planner’. While my Outlook calendar which syncs to my iPhone is my go-to calendar I wanted a paper-based planner to do long term planning. I fell in love when I saw the iBloom planner. It is colorful, feminine, and includes Bible verses. What could be better?
In the ‘My 2015 Plan’ section the creator talks about having a theme for the year. Many years in the past I’ve had a theme but have not the past few years. I started thinking about my theme and what I want 2015 to be all about for myself and my business. I couldn’t come up with one.
Last week Bruce and I were driving to Orange City, IA to see my precious 90-year-old mom. I brought along my planner to do, well, some planning! I started talking to Bruce about a theme for the year. As I read to him what the planner gave as ideas my theme came to me.
Yes, that’s it. It may sound simple but this is huge. What if I were really, I mean really, present in every aspect of my life. I like to think I am all ready but I know there are many times I’m not.
As I was talking to Bruce about this I asked if he had a theme for the year. He said “I’ve never had a theme.”
Ok, what about for 2015?”
He was quiet for a few minutes and then he said “Straight ahead.”
Now it was my turn to think for a few minutes. Yes, straight ahead. Genius.
He then asked me “Elizabeth, do you know what happens when you back at the past?”
I don’t know if wiser words were ever spoken.
No more looking back. It’s time to look straight ahead.
When you find yourself stopping think of Bruce saying in a very stern voice “Straight ahead”.
By the way, in case you are wondering what my shirts says it’s “Luxury Item”. Yes, that’s me!