6 Months in and a New Year

Well, its not exactly six months that we have been living in Israel, (its about 5) but I have been working at Kahena for about 6. And it is a new year, so I thought this would be a nice milestone to start writing again. Because of the way the holidays fell out this year, Sunday marks the first full work week we will have in a month.

So where do I even start?!?!

Seeking Inspiration

The other day I asked on Facebook for some inspiration and I got some great ideas from my friends there. I also spent a couple hours just trolling around on Twitter, reconnecting, listening, and observing.

Credit Joshua Henderson http://www.pinterest.com/pin/447686019177942926/

I gotta say, I left inspired and re-invigorated.

Proactive vs. Reactive

One of the big things for me has been at work. Its been amazing at Kahena. Really, we are doing some awesome things there. As a team, we are really pushing the needle and I am proud of what we have done. That said, for me personally, its been strange. I have felt almost entirely reactive in what I do. I am constantly jumping between projects, helping, advising, and mentoring. But, I am missing the proactive parts. The parts that are going to make me jump out of bed and get excited. How can I contribute to the company rather than react to what is already there?

Changing Things Up

So  I have decided to take a few things on:

  1. Blogging: I need to start doing this more regularly. Blogging has always been one of my strongest creative outlets. I know more great things will start coming out once I start penning it all down on paper.At this point, I don’t want to over commit so I am going to settle on 5 posts a month (one personal and one work for sure, and then we will see). This site will likely be taking on a whole new feel which will have more to do with my personal growth, professional growth, and observations. The industry stuff will live on the Kahena blog (which I also want to re-invigorate).
  2. Organization: I need to be better at it. This includes time blocking, to do lists, and planning. I recognize my flaws and know where I need to improve. So, starting today, I am back on an organized Trello. I am back on the hunt to #Inbox0. I am turning a new leaf.
  3. Goal setting: I need to set realistic and achievable goals for myself. I will try to be as transparent as possible about them (in some cases I don’t know if I will be able to) and share my progress with everyone. Some things for sure will be included in there are
      • Exercise / healthy life. I am starting the insanity workout, so wish me luck.
      • Reading. I have an enormous stack of books I need to start getting through. Aiming for one book a month.
      • 30 day challenges (those will come soon)

And that’s it.

begin it now
There is no better time

Here is to new beginnings!

Stay tuned :)

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  • jonburg

    Make your first 30 day challenge 30 days of blogging. it will get you back into the swing.

    • aaronfriedman

      @jonburg:disqus Not 100% sure I am ready to commit to that right now… too much going on in the office :)

  • http://casiegillette.com Casie Gillette

    I somehow missed this post until now! Where are the blog posts?!? I’m looking forward to hearing about your 30 day challenges :D

    • aaronfriedman

      @casieg:disqus well, I have been going strong on #insanity (past 30 days by now) also been reading a lot more… Bottom line, you and I are waaaaaay overdue to catch up! :)