I can hardly believe that it was exactly one year ago, last Saturday, that we signed the closing documents to sell MediConnect (MCG). Since that day it has been a sheer whirlwind of activity so when I realized that it was the one year anniversary over the weekend all I could think of is how it feels like it happened forever ago, as opposed to just one year. During the last twelve months I was able to transition smoothly out of the company over the first six months (miss my amazing employees tons though!); launch the new company REES Capital, setup our gorgeous new offices and hold our Grand Opening and make our first angel investments; get the legal structure setup for our new charity the IPOP Foundation (In Pursuit of Perfection); I sent my son out on his mission for the LDS Church (miss him like crazy!); I celebrated my five year wedding anniversary to my amazing husband; my daughter started driving and dating and looking more like a gorgeous grown woman every day (not ready for that yet!); and we have started the building process for our new home.
Yes a tremendous amount has happened over these last twelve months. It has been an incredibly different experience for me this last year because prior to 12 months ago I knew where I was supposed to be every day and every week and every month and I knew exactly what I needed to get accomplished with my time each day – all of my efforts went into building the company while trying to learn and grow into a better leader. I was completely focused on hitting the annual goals of the company while planning out the next three years of projections. Never during that time at the company did I let my mind think past the point of actually exiting the business, so when the company actually sold it was a major transition for me to break my focus away from that company and instead start planning an entirely new future. On the one hand it was incredibly exciting because I could finally do whatever I wanted to do with my life, but on the other hand it was incredibly disconcerting because I was so used to having all my time and days mapped out for me.
I have worked crazy hours ever since I was even still a really young girl back in high school. I have put in crazy long weeks at work for so many years now that at first after I transitioned out of the company I literally had no idea how to slow my life down. After a few hours of trying (it was literally only hours, which is just nuts), I finally resigned myself to the fact that it is highly unlikely I will every really live a slow paced life – it’s just not in my blood to be that way. But with each new day that passed I found my excitement growing and my energy expanding as for the first time in over 20 years I was able to really stop and ask myself “exactly what am I excited to spend my time doing?“ Up until this point I had always been working because I had to in order to support my children so I never really stopped to ask myself “if you could do anything what would it be?”. But now I can, and the answer is that I am figuring the answer to that question out a little more each day as I continue moving myself forward toward the things that I have a passion for, like mentoring entrepreneurs in order to help others excel.
Had you asked me twelve months ago where I would be twelve months later I would have answered that I had no idea. But I have to say that where I am now is a better masterpiece than any picture that I would have painted in my head twelve months ago, and that has once again taught me not limit the picture in my head of what my future will hold because God likely has something so much bigger and better than anything I could ever imagine. All I have to do is just keep moving forward, keep putting my best efforts in each day, keep my eyes and heart open to all people and opportunities that come into my path, and keep remembering that every day of life is a blessing that I can use to create something fabulous! That is all any of us have to do, ya know? Just don’t limit the picture in your head, move forward, do your best, be open and willing, and stay grateful and excited for your masterpiece that is to come.
Have an AMAZING WEEK this week!