2015: ROSE THORN BUD
It is officially that time of year again. The time to reflect on the previous year in anticipation of improving upon it. Not improving in the sense of being ungrateful for our last 12 months, but improving the way an athlete or an artist would improve each year – focusing on the good and getting better at the not so good.
I call it “watching the game film” and I love to use the game Rose Thorn Bud to do so; Rose being the good, Thorn being the not so good, and Bud being the anticipation and excitement for what’s next.
Without further ado, here’s my personal RTB for 2015.
My without-a-doubt-not-even-close-cant-stop-smiling Rose from this year was the birth of my daughter, Berkley.
Being a dad has been something I’ve looked forward to for as long as I can remember, and raising this little girl has brought more joy into our world than I thought possible.
2014 was the year of Cade, our first born son that passed away a couple days after birth. The addition of Berkley into our life doesn’t replace that pain, but it without a doubt enhances the joy we feel on the other side. Now nearly nine months old, I can’t wait to see what the next nine hold.
I’ve had a couple other major life changes that have been Roses for the most part. In February I began building entrepreneur communities across the country with Galvanize, and in September we moved to Kansas City to be close to family. I’m grateful for both for what they’ve added to our lives in terms of people and experiences.
Just like my big Rose, my big Thorn is also an easy choice. After three years, a half million users, and countless millions of workouts, I’ve officially shut down Bodeefit. I will continue providing great health and fitness content on AdamGriff.in and use some of the Bodeefit content for that, but the mission, workout apps, and advancement of the company is without a doubt shut down. I had spread myself far too thin for far too long, and something had to give.
It wasn’t easy to do, but in hindsight the decision has also been a catalyst for what I hope to be a big year in my writing. Not running a side business allows me to go even deeper into writing content that resonates with people in an impactful way.
My Thorn for 2015 is a great transition into my Bud for 2016 – writing. This is the year of going deep, not wide, and that means writing more, writing better, and building a bigger community inspired to become Better Than Yesterday. That begins and ends with one article and one reader interaction at a time. Author Steven Pressfield says we turn pro in our lives when we remove the resistance and excuses that are in the way of becoming our ultimate selves. This is the year I turn pro in my writing, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
If you’re reading this, it means you’re a part of the community I’m building at Better Than Yesterday. And for that, thank you. Thank you for being a part of my world in 2015, and thank you for being my inspiration to go deep into my writing in 2016.
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