What Was Your Highlight for 2009?

A friend and I recently talked about our plans for 2010.  As we finished she asked me, “What was the highlight for you in 2009?

I answered without hesitation and share that response in the video.  I also ask you to share your highlight, proudest accomplishment or success for 2009.  Leave a comment and we can all celebrate those moments together.

As 2009 comes to a close (WOW!) take a moment to think about 2009 and always make time to celebrate the baby steps.

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  • Leanna

    For my, it was really getting in touch with my thoughts and beliefs about money so that I could start changing my behaviors. I went from having my head very much in the sand and feeling anxious when I thought about money to hiring a CFO for my company and taking pleasure in spreadsheets and budgets and reading about finance. This was such a huge change for me and I only recently realized the extent of it as I looked back over the year. I feel like it gives me a wonderful foundation for 2010.

  • http://evolvingbeings.com Evita

    Thanks for sharing Stacey!

    My accomplishment/highlight that really stands out above all else was choosing to pursue my dreams. Letting go of security and venturing into the world of possibilities and dreams coming true on a larger scale. It has been an amazing decision and definitely something I am really proud of doing.

    Wishing you a very happy new year’s celebration and fantastic New Year, for new and more opportunities and great accomplishments!

  • http://www.shadesofcrimson.com Davina

    My highlight was being able to take myself on a holiday. First one in two years after having become an entrepreneur. Being able to allow myself the time to let go, relax and not “worry” about work was refreshing. It gave me a sense of satisfaction that business was finally supporting me beyond the necessities.

  • http://www.workhappynow.com Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    My greatest accomplishment has been taking care of my son. He lights my way and isn’t afraid to let me know when I’m straying from my path.

    My greatest business accomplishment would be the feedback that I’ve been receiving from my blog. My readers really boost my confidence and motivation with their emails, comments, and Twitter responses. I feel like I’m really making a difference in people’s lives.

  • http://theboldlife.com Tess The Bold Life

    Mine has been helping my husband build his own accounting practice after his job was eliminated last April. He has more than enough work now and may even have to hire someone between Jan-April. Yeah!

    That we did it doesn’t surprise me. Except for a few years we have always worked on our own. We’ve been together since we were teens and know when to back off and when to move forward. At first it was scary, until July he was looking to work for someone else. I read one day in the Wall Street Journal that if one does find a job one can only plan on having it for 2-3 years at the most. I thought we are to old for this!

    Then one of our daughter’s helped me convince him he could rebuild a new accounting practice all together. (he sold his last one when we moved two years ago).

    Once the decision was made plus the hard work of the next few months things began to snowball. As we begin the new year 8 1/2 months later we now know his loss of job was the best thing that could have happened to him!

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Leanna – that is such an amazing shift and one that I’m sure will have positive results in 2010. Good luck!!

    Evita – Pursuing dreams is a big accomplishment! All the best to you in 2010, I look forward to it

    Davina – Thanks for sharing your comment. That is a great accomplishment that I’m sure feels incredible. I hope you enjoyed your vacation, sounds much deserved.

    Karl – I love how you are a proud father! Everytime you mention that I get goose bumps. It’s so special to feel that way.

    Tess – Yours is such an inspirational story! All the best to you and your husband for continued success in 2010!

  • http://www.thelevityproject.com Katie West/The Levity Coach

    Stacey…wow I have not taken a moment to reflect on this yet.
    So first of all, being a good mama has been number 1. I love my kids and they fuel everything else.
    Two, my business grew by 200% Yahooooooooooo! As I fully committed to the concept of levity and created a somewhat radical approach to coaching, the clients came literally streaming in.
    I feel grateful and as I create more systems I, too, look forward to further growth and more holidays in 2010. I feel grateful to have taken the risk and being open to the possibilitities I would have never dreamed of before.

  • http://serendipitysmiles.com Peggy

    Hi Stacey – just one?

    In March 2009 I finally became a certified yoga teacher – a realization of a dream that I had since the summer of 2004 when I was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

    In April 2009 I got REALLY clear on who and what I wanted to be (at 45 years old, it’s about time, right? :-) ) After taking the Passion Test, the clarity I had was bigger than WOW.

    –I won a Poetry Slam Contest
    –I revamped my main blog and started another one just for stepmoms and remarried families
    –I became a contributing writer for two online magazines
    –I started my 500 hour level certification for yoga teaching (I graduate in June 2010)
    –I connected with authors, editors, and publishers
    –I am collaborating with energetic and creative people

    In September I became a black belt recommended in Thai Kickboxing and the martial arts studio I belong to asked me to become part of their family as they expand their business to a new school sometime in 2010 or early 2011. As part of student appreciation day on January 2, they asked me to do a yoga seminar – there are 20 Thai Kickboxers signed up for my seminar (YIPEE)

    In June I became a Grandmother…not a “step” grandmother – GRAMMIE. That’s so HUGE.

    As I peer into the year ahead I will have both my 500 level yoga certification and I’ll test for my first degree black belt. I’ll see two daughters get married. My youngest stepson, who lives with me and my husband, will graduate from high school. I start my own radio show January 4. I’ll keep writing until I have a book deal in hand.

    Happy New Year Stacey!

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Katie – Congratulations on the commitment to your business – it is amazing what opens up when we do! I experienced the same thing and it is incredible. Much luck in 2010!

    Peggy – No, not just one! Sounds like you had an incredible year and have much to look forward to in 2010. Its wonderful to hear all the accomplishments. All the best in 2010!

  • http://allaboutjoy.typepad.com/ Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord

    I loved hearing about your biggest accomplishment, and also those of the commentators. What an awesome year it was for so many of us!

    I had tons of accomplishments, and I’m not sure I could say that one stands out above any other. I shifted myself once again, in every way imaginable: physically & health-wise, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

    In 2010, I hope to settle even deeper into this new and more awakened skin, and let my heart shine even brighter as I continue to define what it means to be a very joyful Megan Bord! (smile)

    Have a super new year’s eve and great start to 2010, Stacey!

  • http://www.jungleoflife.com Lance

    It has been a great year, and there are lots of good moments.

    If I think about this, and really what felt like a highlight, though – was coaching the soccer team I had this fall. A hodgepodge of players, coming together at the last minute, a mix of boys and girls – playing against mostly boy teams. And we ruled in the fun department (and even won a game or two). The wins were good (all two of them), but more important – was just seeing this team of kids – several who didn’t know each other – bond.

    And, Stacey – what you did this fall – very cool! Stepping outside of your comfort zone and “going for it” – that is great! And I sense a confidence that has come from this…all really good stuff!

  • http://YogaDemystified.com Bob Weisenberg

    After a lifetime of being a time-optimizing, goal-oriented, you-are-what-you-achieve entrepreneur (none of which I regret, by the way–it was right for me at the time), I decided to retire and explore a far more relaxed way of being.

    It wasn’t as easy as I thought. After several years I still felt tense and on-edge, even though I really had nothing to be tense about. I needed a new philosophy to help me make the transition, and what I found was Yoga.

    It’s a mark of how far I’ve come that your question about my biggest achievement for 2009 was something I had to think about for a minute. But the answer is clear. It’s integrating Yoga philosophy deeply into my day-to-day life and making the transition to a more relaxed and contented me, and helping anyone else who is interested understand Yoga better.

    Funny, the surface success is all there, too. The entrepreneurial me would have immediately pointed to the popularity of my website and eBook, http://YogaDemystified.com and the fact that I always wanted to be a writer and now I’ve achieved being a writer…

    But that kind of success is not the most important thing to me anymore.

    Thanks for making me think about this.

    Bob Weisenberg

  • http://www.purposepowercoaching.com Chris Edgar

    This year, I did my first public talk, and I also released my first book. I’d been wanting to do both of those things basically all my life. I mean, when I was a little kid, I figured I’d be writing Hardy Boys books (taking over from “Franklin W. Dixon,” whoever that really was) and giving talks about how to write mysteries, but I think I’m still basically living out that dream. Maybe a mystery novel with teenage detectives is next. :)

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Megan, I agree – it was so great to hear about everyone’s accomplishments! We are all capable of great things!

    Lance – Thank you and I love how coaching that soccer team was a highlight. Things like that can be so much fun!

    Hi Bob, Thanks for sharing your story. Like you one of my goals is to share yoga with more people. It is an amazing tool that people don’t even know the half of. I look forward to reading more of your blog in 2010.

    Chris – Honestly, I’m surprised to hear 2009 was your first public talk. I thought you had been speaking for a long time. Congratulations on both the talks and the book! You never know where the road leads you, mystery novels with teenage detectives could be fun!

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