One night every year, the DC news women step into every shade of pink outfits imaginable and meet up for a night to bash breast cancer. This year, the funds raised went to the Step Sisters, an organization that improves the quality of life for people impacted by breast cancer.
Thank you to the core team - the legendary women you've seen on your TV screens in D.C. for decades - who work throughout the year to raise a total of more than $200,000 total through DC NewsBash. A special thanks to our WUSA 9 leaders Lesli Foster and Andrea Roane. Your selflessness and determination to make a difference for others shines through always!
A month into 2020, I sat at the dining room table and thought, "Wow. So much happened in one year." Leading into the new year, I felt exhausted and was having trouble establishing any sort of resolution (or word) for 2020 because everything sounded like so much work. In the past, I used a new year as a chance to refresh my goals and get started once again - so my attitude of "I don't want to do anything in 2020" was surprising.
I felt myself drawn to books about simplicity and slowing down. Two books I read over the holidays included: When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley and The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton. Both books spoke right to my soul about the need to find some peace within the fast pace of life.
Growth is important. Tenacity, persistence and diligence are important. But what I know now is that slowing down and taking inventory are just as important. Recognizing how far you've come, honoring yourself for the work you've completed - you can't leave those steps out.
I thought if I slowed down that I might miss out on an opportunity. I'm a list-maker, an efficient doer and love nothing more than crossing off a line under my to-do list. The brilliance I've learned in slowing down is that it actually helps you make room for more growth. It opens up your mind, it replenishes the holes weariness cut in your heart and sends you back out into the world to continue your journey.
What has slowing down looked like for me? Meditation. Daily meditation. I look forward to that moment of stillness so much every day. It's the one time when I bundle up my swirling thoughts, place them on the shelf and say, "They will wait for me." It's meant less mindless social media scrolling. It's meant not responding to every single text, email and post the minute it comes my way. It's meant starting my morning (before I even open my eyes) with listing three things I'm grateful for today. And it's meant taking a moment to realize how far I've come.
Slowing down no longer feels like I'm losing business momentum or getting lazy. It just means that I need a few moments a day to stop life from passing by in a blur and finally see it's full, colorful beauty.
About this time of year, I start to get really antsy for spring to arrive. Okay, I'm kidding. Not spring... summer! Please 80 degree days come back to us soon.
I was driving through Rock Creek Parkway in Washington, D.C. yesterday and couldn't help but frown as I was passing all of the bare tree branches and continuous gray, rainy skies. Why can't we see those tree branches covered in green leaves already?!
While the February blues are kicking in and my desire to leave the house without bundling up head to toe first is going strong, last night I forced myself to slow it down and remember to embrace what's good right now. So I made a fire in the fireplace.
Winter evening fireplace fires have brought me so much joy this season. I've been plowing my way through our firewood supply and not even apologizing for it. And as much as I want spring to be here already, I know I will certainly miss these fires come the summertime.
Watching those logs burn last night was the reminder I needed to find the good in every season. Instead of getting caught up in what we don't have right now, embrace what makes this time so unique.
Take the initiative. Stop waiting for someone to come along, take you by the hand and say, "Now is the time and let me show you the step by step process to make it happen."
Do you know when people come from everywhere to help you out? When they see that you are already putting in the work. When they see that you are dedicated to seeing your dreams realized and you're already taking the small steps to make it happen.
I am amazed by how action creates more action. Let's say you complete one small small task today that aligns with your goals. Don't be surprised if tomorrow you see an email in your inbox with an opportunity to take that step to the next level.
But that email won't come if you never get to work. You must get started and take the initiative. Don't look for others to start on your dreams for you.