This year has been one of incredible learning, growth, and personal transformation along with a healthy dose of adventure.  It’s actually quite remarkable to me to look back on where I was a year ago and how much things have changed for the better.  I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the year in the hope that it might provide some context for what I’ve been doing and how my life and my work has changed over the past 12 months.

Big things that happened:

Worked with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to develop their social media strategic plan for 2010-2011. Helped interview candidates for the new fulltime role of Online Community Builder for the ACFB.

Interviewed with multiple major agencies but finally decided that the work that I want to do will not be carried out inside an agency. Stopped interviewing and never looked back.

Realized that my loft is not more important than me living the life I want to live, and made the decision to sell it after 8 wonderful years of living here.

InspireManifested some kick ass clients and connected with amazing people that have given me a new take on rewarding work.Watched Jonathan Fields’ TEDx talk on fear and was totally blown away.

Took the leap to pursue what I knew was the right path for me and despite some cash flow concerns, followed through on my commitment to myself to attend the Horse + Man Experience at Vista Caballo.

Proceeded to have an epic adventure in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado, which essentially bookended the experience at Vista Caballo.

Returned from my adventure in Colorado and New Mexico energized and ready to make a big impact on the world.

Became a Godfather to the most incredible little baby, Caelan Knox Leslie. He’s amazing!

Organized the Spirit of the Gulf Coast expedition in response to the BP oil spill, which is one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had, and is arguably the most important work I have done in my life.

Joined The Hub Atlanta and met some of the most passionate people I’ve ever worked with in my life. Currently assisting The Hub in developing its social media presence and outreach strategy.

Attended Creating Irresistible Presence hosted by my friend Sarah Robinson, met an incredible group of women, and got to know things about myself that I had never imagined. Had a major breakthrough that strengthened my commitment to pursuing my dreams and the work I’m called to do.

Produced the public exhibition for Spirit of the Gulf Coast at Georgia Tech with an incredible team of people that have a shared desire to make a big difference in the world.

Attended Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity book signing event in Atlanta and registered to attend the World Domination Summit next June in Portland.

Gave a talk at the University of Georgia’s AdConnection – topic: Using Social Media to further Social Causes. Showed the documentary film for Spirit of the Gulf Coast during the talk.

Connected with John Marshall Roberts and began exploring the Igniting Inspiration e-learning curriculum.  Watched John’s TEDx talk on Empathy and was very moved by his message.

Signed on to help launch a new group buying service called DealSwarm, which is currently live in Atlanta and Austin with Seattle and Dayton in the pre-launch phase.

Co-hosted the 4th annual Stacks Lofts + Artists Tour at The Stacks Lofts. Displayed the Spirit of the Gulf Coast photo exhibit in my loft on the tour.

Next week, I leave for my last adventure of the year – a road trip to Northern Vermont. My cousin Whitney and me are going to hit the road and spend some time in a cabin near a lake in the woods, surrounded by incredible scenery.  I ordered a bunch of reading material for the trip, and I’m looking forward to sitting by a fire with some good books.

Speaking of reading material, here are some of the books that blew my mind in 2010:

  • The Power of Now
  • Presence
  • A New Earth
  • The Four Agreements
  • The Art of Non-Conformity
  • The 4 Hour Workweek
  • Think Big Manifesto
  • On The Road
  • The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

I am currently reading:

  • ReWork
  • Making Ideas Happen

And finally, these are some new books I just ordered that are on the ‘To read’ list:

  • Career Renegade
  • The Fifth Agreement
  • Igniting Inspiration
  • Crossing the Silly Bridge
  • The Hero With A Thousand Faces
  • 2012 – The Return of Quetzalcoatl
  • Do More Great Work

So, that’s a wrap for me.  If you’ve read this far, thank you. If you have a minute, please share some of what you’ve been up to in the comments.  I love hearing what other people are up to. Thanks again, and I hope you’ll stick around for what is sure to be an incredible 2011!

Photos
top: The Colorado Trail, June 2010
bottom: Grand Isle Louisiana, August 2010