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Happy New Year

Let’s look forward to another year of blessing the people!


As we start a new year, take some time to review, to contemplate, to meditate. Post-eggnog, it’s easy to speed forward with gusto and juice-cleanse your system from all the holiday indulgence. I’m a future-oriented thinker, so I love planning, goal-setting, and getting excited about what lies ahead.

But ease your foot onto the brake for a week or two. Give yourself space and freedom to reflect on the past year.

I’m all for starting a fresh new year, contemplating new ideas, finding that one special word, or whatever helps you clean out the cobwebs in the corners. But, all this is more meaningful when you remember the bends in the road behind you.

Honor the past year by celebrating your joys, mourning your losses, and shaking your head at the wonder of it all. Isn’t it amazing another year has passed?

As you reflect on the last year, ask yourself these questions:

What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
What was an unexpected joy this past year?
What was an unexpected obstacle?
What was the best way you used your time this past year?
What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?

With the New Year comes a sense of new beginnings and of looking to the future. It’s a time and space for reflecting back on the previous year. This can be one of the most helpful parts of this time of year, as we can look back to where we were this time last year and note the differences in ourselves. For me, I remember noticing how much joy came back into my life each year, how much more able I was to take care of my needs, how present I had become in my day-to-day life, how much my business has grown. This time of reflection gives us perspective as we embark on the New Year, but it can happen whenever we choose. It can be incredibly rewarding to take time each week, month, or any ordinary day to appreciate where we have been able to take ourselves and to acknowledge the struggles we are still working through. It shows us the grey amidst the black and white. It shows us that while progress may seem slow, we are indeed moving forward and that each step forward is teaching us along the way.

With reflection and attention to positive change, taking note of what we have learned on our journey up until now, can give us the opportunity to apply it to the future, to take with us what is helpful, and to leave behind what is not.

With each new day, I have learned that…I am enough…I have hope and refuse to give up…With each new day comes a new beginning and another chance to do better.

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