My word for 2013 was "Refinement."
Here are some things I learned in these 12 months.
-If you love someone after 6 years, ask them for their hand in marriage.
-If you’re on a bike, don’t trust drivers. They can hit you and it will hurt.
-Sleep is your best friend after a concussion.
-There’s such a thing as good coffee and tea, and a proper way to prepare them.
-If you want something, ask for it.
-People are generally good, so trust them.
-Cynicism is easy, positivity is harder.
-Give back as much as you can.
-If someone connects you to someone else, take the time and connect them to someone new.
-Choose your yes’s and no’s carefully when it comes to your commitments. Time is precious and anxiety ain’t worth it.
-You lose a lot of priorities when you chase money.
-There’s never too many books you can read.
-More research leads to more meaningful work.
-It’s okay to look up to people as heroes, but treat them as people. Hero worship is uncomfortable.
-Other people’s time is precious. Thank them for their time and cherish it.
-Learn how to perform bike maintenance, it will break.
-Always keep some cash on hand, don’t trust technology too much.
-If you’re nervous, you’re doing something right.
-Collaboration grows you as a creator.
-Train rides are worth the time.
-When you try, your body can do some amazing things, like run a 5K.
-Plan but don’t over plan. If you plan too much, you’ll choke your goal. If you plan too little, you’ll move off-track.
It’s been quite a 2013. Let’s see what the word of 2014 will be.
Make next year great, and remember to be kind.