What is it about January that brings such a demand for change? And not just because the year date changes over. I’ll admit I fell off of the bandwagon toward the end of last year. It’s the same excuse as anyone might have, “the holidays were crazy”, “there was just so much going on”, “I realized I am still a new mom and maybe I bit off more than I could chew”, or plain and simple “I’ve just been busy.”
But here I am! I am back! January New Year’s Resolution anyone? Yes, I have those. No, it’s not to blog more. Although, I do enjoy writing. I have a deeper challenge of purpose in doing so. The new year celebration came and went in a whirlwind. Actually, I think this may be the first time in my life (at least as an adult) that I did not stay awake until midnight. (It’s amazing what you are capable of when you are a new mom, or in my case, not capable of…keeping my eyes open past 9:30 or 10:00 pm.) Anyway, I did not take the time this year to start off a list of goals for 2019, like has been my routine for so many previous years. However, over the course of the last two weeks, I have dedicated to reading (a book I got for Christmas) and also devoting some thought to the skill of leadership. (Among other things like once again cutting out sugar, eating healthier, etc.)
Leadership has been strong on my heart as I realize every day the growing influence I now have on the tiny human that now uses my entire house as her playpen. Once upon a time I invested a lot of time and energy into the study of leadership, the practice of leadership and even my own library of books on leadership. Leadership is a skill that anyone can posses. It’s also a role that most everyone has. Yes. If there is one person that you are responsible for, you are a leader. So yes, stay at home mom, you may have one child or 10 children. You are a leader. Your child may be 1 day old, one week old, one year old or 20 years old. You are a leader. Or if you are a mom out in the work place, you lead there too. Whether you are the bottom of the corporate ladder or the CEO. You are a leader. My new year brought to me a self evaluation of my leadership and unfortunately, I realized I have not made any investment into its development in a very long time. My leadership got rusty. So part of the new year change I committed to for 2019 is to brush up on my leadership and grow in this area of my life.
I hope you will join me on this journey as I share with you what I learn and the areas I am challenged in.
Happy New Year, Mama! ❤