Wrapping Up Month 5

Five days into the new month and I feel as if I’ve already accomplished more than last month. I say feel because I actually haven’t. In May, I spoke at the Authentic Self seminar, a major milestone. I set up my email, mailing list, and Facebook page for the site. I also posted my first two reviews for Net Galley books and bought the tickets to go home for my high school renion and family get together. I’ve done more in the month of May than I thought.

Originally, I was going to make my May word of the month “restart” because I was focusing on having to start the site over and re-doing the branding for the site. However, I know that doesn’t exactly fit all that I’ve done for the month of May. Since the goal of the year is to savor, I want to encapsulate all I’ve done while putting the most positive spin on it possible. As I’ve written out the month’s happenings one word jumped out at me: planting.

In the midst of the daily grind, it can be hard to recognize how much further along you are, especially when you’re obsessing over the fact you aren’t where you want to be yet. In the past month, I’ve done several things for which I will reap the benefits in the future. I have been planting. The evidence of the planting isn’t manifested yet. Work is going on underground. I need to be watering and perhaps weeding.

I’ve planted the seed of speaking engagements with the authentic self seminar. I was asked to participate in another program. I was asked back again. I did better than I thought I would speaking before an audience, even with all of the  technical mishaps at the beginning of the program.

I planted the seed of being a reviewer. I was rejected for a slew of books early in the month and immediately felt discouraged. However, I decided to go back on the site and request everything that caught my eye. I was approved for nearly all of the new requests. I’m developing my review criteria and I’ve posted two reviews already.

I’ve planted the seed of this site. I’ve managed to get the social media for the site set up and redefine the vision that I wanted for this space so that it’s more me. I may not have put all of my ideas into action in May, but I stopped to clarify where I was going. Here’s to hoping that the seeds that were  planted were planted in good soil and I will reap a harvest later on in life.

Sowing what I want to reap,

Erica

P.S. I will be going to my class reunion and visiting family the rest of this week. I will update as often as I can with pictures and impressions. It’s weird to go back to a place where I spent so much time after being away for so much time. It will be interesting to see what people are doing in life now, and I can’t wait to spend some time with all of my family again.

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