Monday, December 31, 2007

A Life Examined

I always love this day - December 31 - because ever since I've been my own boss (since 2003), I've used this day as a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the coming year. Today I've been up since about 6:30 (I slept in a bit today!) and I'm in the lower level of my home in front of the fireplace with books and a journal strewn on the coffee table and couches next to me. I've got Timothy Ferriss' The 4-Hour Workweek sitting here with a bookmark in page 37, which is the first section of Q&A which I plan to journal about today.

I'm going to head upstairs in a couple of minutes, take a shower, and head to my favorite coffee shop with my journal and this book and work through it as I set my intentions for 2008 - both professionally and personally. Then I'm going to come home and get ready to spend the last part of 2007 with some of my best friends at a house party and welcome in the next Best Year of My Life: 2008. Each year since 2003 has been that because I've made up my mind that that is what I'm living into.

Which leads me into the title for today's post. I went to a workshop a year or so ago, where I learned a little bit about a breathing meditation. I've never been great at being quiet - and I still have that on my intention list for 2008! - so this was a very interesting class for me. One thought kept coming into my head at that class, and it popped into my head again today. I haven't quite figured out the entire thought yet, but it seems to be a combination of two thoughts: one from either Plato or Socrates (the jury is still out, from what I can see by my internet research) which says "An unexamined life is not worth living" and is, in some places, attributed to Socrates when he chose to drink hemlock rather than stop asking questions.

The other part of the thought has something to do with a life half-lived. I've seen it quoted a few places as "A life lived in fear is a life half-lived" and that seems to suit me fine right now. So with those two thoughts swirling around in my head today, I will set my intention for the last day of 2007.

What questions are swirling around in your head that you would rather not answer? Where might you be living an unexamined life or a life lived in fear? What is holding you back from connecting with your authentic self? There's no better time than the present to start asking those questions. Get yourself a journal for your journey - and start small. Ask the questions of yourself. Or if you'd rather, get a good friend to kick the ideas around with. Pick up my book The 100% Factor - it's a great starting point for interesting conversation, and it has a mini-journal built in.

It's on my intention list for early in 2008 to reprint my book with a new cover and a tiny bit of new content, so that might be a good time to check it out.

Thank you to everyone who has supported You Already Know This Stuff, Bock's Office, The 100% Factor, and me personally in 2007 and in years prior. I'm eternally grateful for your interest and support!

I couldn't close out a year-end post on this blog without a huge shoutout to the people I met either personally or by phone or by email this year because of the wonderful world of blogging:

In person:

Steve Farber
Phil Gerbyshak
Lisa Haneberg
Dick Richards
Pam Thomas

and by phone:

Liz Strauss
Mike Sansone
Mitch Matthews
Greg Balanko-Dickson

and by email:

David Zinger
Nick Smith
Patti Digh
Terry Starbucker
Kirsten Harrell

I pledge to become a much more active blogger in 2008 and not let my other "stuff" get in the way of connecting more often with these and other friends I have yet to meet. Among my intentions right now is to meet Rosa Say (I'll be in Hawaii in November, Rosa, and would love to buy you a cup of coffee or some other Hawaiian delicacy!), to reconnect with Steve Farber again (what a great Valentine's Day I spent with Steve last year here in Fargo!) and to meet Nick Smith somehow.

I will be hosting the second annual Summit for Bigger Small Talk here in Fargo in June and I hope to see many of you there. I'd also love to come to SOBCon this year, so I'll throw that out now and see what happens.

Take some time this next year to really examine your life. There are some WONDERFUL resources available here in blogland to get you started. Check out any of my friends' links here in this post and you'll have an amazing conversation even over email - guaranteed.



At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jodee,
It sounds like you spend celebrate New Year's the same way I do. I love this holiday! I take time to reflect and to plan for my new year.

I have enjoyed connecting with you too and hope to continue to develop our friendship. I have not been very active in blogging the last 2 months, but I plan to recommit in 2008.

I wish you a prosperous and happy New Year!

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...


Let's both recommit and let our blogs explode in 2008! We both have a lot of great stuff to offer and it's my pledge to really let my light shine in 2008. As a mentor of mine once told me, "quit ripping the world off."

So let's be GREAT in 2008!

Thanks, Kirsten!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Aloha Jodee,
Yes, we MUST get together when you come to the islands! Send me your dates soon as you know them and we will make it happen. We'll compare notes on my talking story and your bigger small talk which itself will likely be a fun combination of both of them!

Mahalo too for sharing this part of your 12.31 mana'o with us ~ reflection with intention is such a crucial part of 'imi ola and giving ourselves the ability to live our best possible lives.

Much aloha to you throughout all of 2008 ~ Rosa

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...


Yes!! I can hardly wait to heartstorm with you! I sing with a Sweet Adeline chorus and our international competition is in Honolulu the second week of November. I will be staying with some friends an extra week since I've never been to the islands, so I'm confident we can find some time some way to get together! I will brush up on my Hawaiian by rereading your book before then!

Happy 2008!!

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jodee - many thanks for including me here. I look forward to many more opportunities to engage. with love and peace for 2008....

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Phil Gerbyshak said...

Whoo-hoo Jodee, I can't WAIT to see all the great stuff you'll write about in 2008!

It was so cool to finally meet you in person in 2007, and I look forward to increasing our connection quotient in 2008!

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi friend

Thank you for everything you've given this past year Jodee. The world is a far better place for your generosity of spirit. You raise me up, you really do.

And Happy New Year to everyone here. May it turn out better than wildest dreams.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Patti, Phil & Nick:

Thank you for being such great friends and for sharing your amazing wisdom with your blog fans. I'm blessed to have met you, Phil, and I look forward to meeting you, Patti & Nick - somehow, somewhere!

Happy 2008!

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jodee! Amazing where a year goes and at the same time a day is a day is a day - what we do with it is up to us.

Keep up blogging and I will see you soon I hope.

At 7:26 AM, Blogger whatswithinu said...

Jodee, Happy New Year to you, my friend. May 2008 bring you all that you desire and then some.

I can honestly say that one of the highlights in 2007 (for me) was having a chance to meet you and participate in The Bigger Small Talk Summit! I am looking forward to hopefully seeing you soon and participating in the next Summit!

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Greg - I look forward to meeting you in person in 2008 ... can we pull that off? Pam - I must say meeting you was truly a highlight of 2007. I know we'll get together again soon and I look forward to your help with the 2nd annual Bigger Small Talk event here in Fargo!

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Terry Starbucker said...

Hi Jodee! Thanks for the shout out - it's been a pleasure getting to know you! I'd love to try to make it to Fargo in June - let me know the date as soon as you can. And, I do hope you can make it to SOBCon - we're looking like the first weekend in May. I look forward to many great conversations in 2008. All the best and Happy New Year!

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...


The Bigger Small Talk is scheduled for June 10-11. I'll get you more info as it develops - it would be great to see you either there or at SOBCon - or BOTH! Thanks for everything!


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