For nine Decembers I’ve worked all the way up to Santa coming down the chimney, because in my business we work from month-to-month, and it’s essential to maximize every bit of this important month until Christmas. I kept the same consistent activity to close the year that I started it with. And it worked. I busted my ass for years and transformed my life, John’s and our kids. Here’s the biggest gift of all: getting to help thousands upon thousands of other people build their own dreams too. And if they have a big enough WHY and are serious about making the most of the opportunity they hold in their hands, they’ll be relentless with their consistency too.
Of course I had to do the very things I’ve always told my team to do. I had to walk the walk. And I walked my way into a pretty amazing life. By putting one foot in front of the other every effing day.
This year, for the first time since I pulled the trigger on my direct sales business, I’m unplugging mid-December through the end of the year. Our son Nate turned 13 in September and is having his bar mitzvah in a week. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a ceremony celebrating a boy’s elevation to adult status in Judaism (called a bat mitzvah for girls). No, he still can’t drive or vote or drink and still won’t be getting an iPhone because we don’t want to lose him to that damn device, but symbolically he’s a man and responsible for his actions. It requires a lot of study, and Nate will be leading an entire service in Hebrew. It also usually includes a service project, so stay tuned for the unveiling of Nate’s in the New Year.
We are so proud of him!
Bar and bat mitzvahs here in the US often involve this ceremony and also a big (and often elaborate) party. A couple years ago Nate proclaimed that he didn’t want to have a big party, but instead knew what would be more meaningful to him. The boy who is obsessed with travel and history and other cultures and whom we affectionately (and accurately) refer to as #YodatheRabbi, wanted to do his bar mitzvah in Israel.
After lots of planning and studying, our family if off on a big adventure! It’s the first time for Nate, Bebe and me, and John hasn’t been there since his college days. In addition to the ceremony, we’ll be exploring the country, with a heavy emphasis on food, history, current events and getting to know the people who live there. And we’ll get to see some dear Israeli friends we’ve traveled the world with and finally see their home through their eyes. We’re so grateful that we’re able to do this for Nate and for us.
This kind of experience—unplugged—is what I’ve worked my ass off for, and I want to show our team what’s possible with a lot of hard work to get what you want and if you help others get what they want too.
I’ll be posting occasionally, so stay plugged into my Facebook and Instagram accounts if you want to see what we’re up to. But mostly I’m going to be in the moment, soaking up every bit of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I’m also going to be making the most of the quiet moments on the plane and in the early mornings to reflect back on this year. To celebrate my victories big and small, and examine my missteps and what didn’t go as planned to glean the lessons to be learned. And I’ll be digging deep to solidify my One Word for 2019 and establish my Priorities and Goals. It’s a process I’ve been doing for years now, and taking my team through it too. I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on this past year and dig deep on what you want for 2019. And then I’d love for you to join me in early January for this invaluable and powerful intention-setting that will help you focus your entire year.
I’m so grateful that you let me into your world. In the coming year I know that one of my Priorities will be to continue to offer you my no-BS insights, experience and (hopefully) inspiration to go after everything you want, and to keep you laughing along the way. I wish you and those you love Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with loads of love, laughter, good health, joy, adventure, personal and professional growth and fun.