I’ve thought about what I would say and how I feel. So its time to put it into words.
Back in January, I wrote a piece about what my ONE WORD 365 would be. I chose the word RELEASE. You can read my original post here. I would like to update you on my journey and how I’ve implemented this word so far. I will do my best to get to the point, but these days life seems long and drawn out, as I am not where I had hoped I would be with parts of my word.
First, RELEASE meant I would let go and unfasten the anger I felt toward a friend who took advantage of our friendship and business relationship.
In regards to Paul, I have forgiven him, but I have not forgotten what he did. I don’t think forgetting will ever occur, but I am no longer angry. I have to admit I often wonder how he is moving on. Does he feel the pains of guilt, day in and day out? Is it gnawing at his conscience? I hope so, on some days. I’m not sure this is a good sign I have RELEASED this situation, but to be completely honest, my mind does wander there at times. I also wonder how I would react when life decides to bring us face to face. Not wanting to have a long drawn out conversation with a person I don’t respect, I think of what words would come out of my mouth if this does happen. Thankfully, this past week I spoke to my Dad about this dilemma. He had the perfect advice. Simply say, "Where's my refund."
Release is also a means of making known, freeing from confinement.
It was my hope to inspire others through my work with it’s great to “BE” ™. In these past months I have written more and concentrated on increasing my blog presence. I have also launched a site called Global Voice. This is a collaborative project with other bloggers living all over the world. At least that is its end goal; we currently have 5 bloggers, including myself. This project is a means of “…connecting the world, one voice at a time.” With knowledge, we gain insight and understanding. It is my hope to foster mutual respect and understanding in the world by leveraging our common humanity through the voices of people living all over. I think my best progress has been in this aspect of applying my ONE WORD.
Release is also a means of allowing for sale and circulation.
My goal with the launch of it’s great to “BE” ™ was to create a national brand that is 100% Made in America. Selling products that help Inspire ~ Discover ~ “BE” our best selves. I am not where I had hoped I would be at this point in my journey. I think I should have begun with something other than magnetic notepads. If I knew then, what I know now, as they say. I still wish to create a national brand, but my creativity is at times diminished by the business end of things. I have to work hard at being optimistic and pressing forward. I am often inspired by my end goal of launching a foundation and helping others. I hope in the months to come I meet a business partner that shares this common desire of creating a national brand. One that inspires others through products that are created under the principles of being environmentally friendly, socially responsible and 100% Made in America.
Good news, I have received notification that my trademark application was approved by the USPTO. I am encouraged by that information and plan on building an audience that supports the principles of this company. In the meantime, I will look into licensing my idea to a more established company, one that shares the principles I have laid out for my business. In time making my dream a reality.
I am glad I have decided to become apart of Alece’s ONE WORD 365 Project. It has helped to keep me on track this year. I don’t have any long resolution list to keep track of and become discouraged by. Just ONE WORD, 365 Days a year!