Personally, it was a good year. I learned a lot about myself through cultivating my faith, traveling, having tough conversations, and taking big risks. I’m proud of myself and am determined to carry this awareness into 2016. Here are some specific things I learned and new goals I’ve set:
1. Royal Transformation
It took me 30 years, but I finally started to implement what I have known all along. I’m royalty. As the daughter of the King of Kings, my pauper mindset waned and I truly walked with confidence in this. While I didn’t fight every battle, I didn’t get depressed either. I recognized opportunities to respond differently and out of love. After all, my reward is in Heaven and not in the approval of man.
My friends are smart. I do agree with Jim Rohn’s message that “you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” and I’ve been blessed to be in great company. Over the past year, I’ve not only been amazed at what my friends, old and new, are doing, but I’ve been encouraged by them as well. It really puts perspective on things when people call out your dreams instead of laugh, scoff, or begrudgingly support out of jealousy. Let’s be honest––it happens! Instead, those that speak life into their futures and yours are the ones to pay attention to, and I am excited to introduce you to them.
Since Sphere of Din’s launch on September 21, the TREND section has hosted a couple inspiring individuals to speak about their experiences in business and life. Moving forward, keep your eye out for many more individuals who I’ve been inspired by and blessed to call friend.
In 2016, Sphere of Din | Travel will launch! I was blessed to have so many great adventures this year and I look forward to sharing those––including travel tips! Being mobile was a goal that I successfully accomplished this year and it allowed me to be fulfilled in ways that I hadn’t been in a couple years. Needless to say, this will continue!
While 2015 offered me many of the “more” statements above, I realize that reading wasn’t one of them. Online articles, yes. But cozying up to paperbacks, not so much. As a result, my goal is to read at least 20 books this year. In no particular order, here is my list:
- The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Contact by Dr. David Stine
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Mondays with My Old Pastor by José Luis Navajo
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Passing by Nella Larsen
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Coming by Daniel Black
- I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzei
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
- The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Valloton and Bill Johnson
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (added 1/6/16)
- The Art of Work by (added 1/6/16)
- Tell Someone by Greg Laurie (added 1/9/16)
- Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes (added 1/25/16)
As you can see, I’m a little short on my list of intellectual recreation. Of course, I have several books on my shelves I can pull from, but if you have any recommendations, please share!
5. Keep Going
When discouragement rears its ugly head, I am going to stand on faith and not by sight. After all, the plans are set, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” they only need my feet to step out in faith. This will be an Isaiah 61 year, and I’m looking forward to growing spiritually and relationally, saying big “Yes”‘s, laughing deeply, loving intentionally,
And, of course…
Auld lang syne, 2015!
xo | Danielle