Happy New Year! As it turns out, 2014 is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese culture. And I was born in the Year of the Horse, so what does that mean? It’s fun to take a glimpse at your life through this lens and I am always curious to see what’s being projected for me along these lines. Susan Leavitt is an astrologer, tarot card reader and feng shui consultant and says this about 2014: “The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.”
Wow! Interesting especially since I wanted to focus this post around getting outside your comfort zone and finding something that you can be “all in” for. I was fortunate to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2013. From Nov 26 to Dec 12, I was in Ethiopia, visiting my niece in the Peace Corps. Friends and colleagues said “Have fun!” as they would for any trip one might take. But thinking of going to a third world country inspired more feelings of adventure in me than the fun, rest, and relaxation as a typical vacation trip might. My comments in response also remarked on the fact that the trip would put me outside my comfort zone, and I hadn’t been there in awhile. I considered this a good thing. In reflection, there are many years in the past where I pushed the envelope, took chances (albeit calculated), and stretched myself regularly. I can see that the past couple of years I’ve been happy to enjoy status quo. And now that I can see that clearly, it’s time to find new ways to push myself, learn and grow.