It’s crazy to think that my last blog post was in December.
It’s also crazy to think that I’ve had a draft of this particular post since March. And now it’s May. What the heck is going on with time?
Well, it’s not even time. It’s me.
I couldn’t blog. I didn’t have the capacity in my brain to articulate a post. It’s been like that, y’all.
The first quarter of the year feels like a blur in hindsight, which is something I know we can relate to after a year like 2020, and as we’re approaching the year mark of the lockdown, it brought up a lot of feelings. In a nutshell, 2020 was a YEAR. So many amazing moments combined with a lot of pain, some new and some repressed. For me, for others I know, and for many I don’t. The stillness allowed us to really hear the voice within, to form stronger (or looser) opinions and really check ourselves and our values.
Professionally, it allowed me to do things that I always wanted to and never got around to because other things took place.
Personally it allowed me to slow down, to spend time time at home with my little family, and while my life doesn’t look like I thought it would this time last year, it is what it is. What else can I say about it after a year like 2020? We all have to surrender to how life unfolds while pursuing what we want and trying to seek joy in every day. We also have to hold ourselves accountable for the choices we’ve made along the way, make peace with them, and move forward.
Are you one of those people that likes to pick a word for the new year? I have loathed that idea but always find myself picking one. I say loathe because I think somewhere under it all, there’s been a voice in my head saying that maybe I just won’t live up to it, kind of like setting resolutions that you know won’t stick.
But, given what last year was, I had nothing to lose.
My word for the year is Relentless.
And I’m living the hell up to it.
I have been bringing relentless energy to everything I do and in going after everything I want.
I have been bringing a relentless energy to healing. New wounds and old ones that were broken through a year like 2020.
I’m back to coaching my signature program, Level Up With Kachet after four successful rounds last year. The program has been revamped and for the first time, Level Up is running for four months instead of the five weeks.
And with my unapologetic tone on social and a slower return to the blog, I feel great.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve said I feel great.
And with that great feeling comes a list of things contributing to that.
Ways I’m Staying Focused
A New AM + PM Routine
I don’t know why I’m saying a new routine because the one I had at the beginning of quarantine last year went out of the window once the puppy arrived! After having a love/hate relationship with the TV remote, I now make my way to the bedroom about an hour before my targeted bedtime to engage in some skincare TLC, reading, and reflection. I haven’t graduated to leaving my phone in the other room, but I definitely don’t scroll myself into oblivion and I find that I can at least fall asleep sooner (even if I’m still trying to stay asleep).
Even in between working which I still do and will do from home. The Apple Watch does a great job of reminding me to breathe and stand if I’ve been sitting too long. I used to be ashamed of being a person that needed so many reminders, but now, IDGAF! Bring em on. I’m not perfect. I work in bursts throughout the day and find time to get away from the desk and out of the house, even if that’s just the outdoor area of my building. While the state of Texas is “open” and even recently our governor saying that masks are “outlawed,” I still spend the majority of my time close to home.
Afternoon Walks with My Dog
We both need the walk by the mid afternoon, but I look forward to it every day. Sometimes he wants to turn the corner and I’m like, “Nope, we’re still going!” and we keep on. The best part is that it’s uninterrupted time to get some exercise and literally walk off whatever is sticking on me from the day. Sometimes I talk to my dog, sometimes I talk to myself. I stay silent. I get on the phone. It really depends on the mood.
Investing in myself, my healing + development
I started the year by making the commitment to work with a life coach as well as join a mastermind. That’s what I needed to do to stay focused, inspired and on track. This is in addition to my therapy sessions, which have a different focus. None of these are cheap, each takes not just time but money, and it makes me hustle harder knowing that I perform my best when I am well supported. This “team” may not always be in place, but for right now, they’re serving me well and I attribute much of my success this year to the work that’s being done.
Leaning Into My People
Last year was eye-opening on oh-so-many levels and I’ve wholeheartedly formed stronger bonds with some of my favorite people and formed new ones with others. We keep each other motivated and accountable. It means a lot to be there for them, and it means a lot that they have my back, too.
This year still has a lot to reveal, but after getting my footing, learning what works and what doesn’t, I feel like I’m at an even better place to relentlessly seek what works and banish what doesn’t. I finally feel my creativity starting to percolate again after struggling for months, and I’m super excited to curate content with a different outlook. I just passed the six-year-mark of being a full-time entrepreneur and nothing brings me greater joy than being able to share ideas and inspiration that bring joy while living my dream.
The Kachet Life isn’t leaving. It never left, but it’s definitely a new day. And I appreciate you being here through it all.
I’d love to know what you’re doing to stay focused on on track for your goals.