August Reflection (2016)

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” ― Margaret J. Wheatley

Each month, I set aside a chunk of time to reflect on the previous month: memorable moments, lessons I learned, how I spent my time, how I’m different, who/what I’m grateful for, improvements for next month, and goals to work toward. I want to be more intentional in my personal development this year, and posting each month serves as a way to help keep me accountable.


  • Sometimes the best plan is to ditch the plan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a planner. But I try not to get too tied to how those plans are lived out. If I always stuck to the plan, I’d miss out on many wonderful opportunities I hadn’t counted on or planned for.
  • Read stories that inspire you. During my reading challenge, I’ve read stories of women who’ve done some incredible things (wild, Eat Pray Love, and Tracks are my favorites so far). Their stories have encouraged me to dream big and realize my only limit is myself.
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks and stand up for yourself. My company has been going through some reorganizing and growing pains. Especially in a work situation, it can be really tempting for me to just keep my head down and bite my tongue. But, as I’ve learned, there can be benefit in speaking up in honesty, especially if you do inherently get a say.

What big lessons have you learned over the past month? Share in the comments below!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. andrea l silver says:

    Hi Kayla! I have been a subscriber to your blog for at least two years now and I always enjoy reading your posts. You are thoughtful and insightful and a breath of fresh air from all of the negativity and sarcasm so prevalent on social media, tv and print. Thank you! Keep it up!
    – Andrea Silver
    (Your slacker class professor)

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    1. Kayla Sheely says:

      Thank you for such kind words (and for still reading!), Andrea! It really means a lot. Hope all is well! Even though it was a slacker class, it was still one of my favorites 😉


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