As the dust settles from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we reminisce on a year past and embrace the New Year, a fresh start of another adventure chapter in life. The end of a year encourages you to reflect on past accomplishments, and lessons learned, while igniting a new sense of urgency to embark on your hopes, dreams, and creating a year filled with sustained relationships and abundant happiness. Sounds great doesn’t it…who wouldn’t want that? Though 2017 IS a fresh start, and the adventures that await you are endless, often I hear clients express their uncertainty that comes with this New Year. Many individuals are recovering from an unprecedented election, holding our breath for what will come- Positive and Negative Changes. Being inundated with constant uprisings across our nation has left many of us scared to turn on our TV’s and laptops in an effort to escape. I am here to tell you that HOPE is NOT lost! This New Year will be what you allow it to be, and I am honored to help you make this year be your BEST year. I will provide you with a few tools to help you along your journey to be the BEST YOU possible.
- Let’s begin with a Bang; although this is not a secret or a magic spell, I am often left in awe at people’s responses to our first tool. Can you guess what it is….? CONNECTION! Simple, human, one-to-one CONNECTION. I don’t mean adding new friends on facebook, or having a thousand followers on instagram, I am talking about simple connection with family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers at coffee houses, ext. We have become so accustomed to “checking in” with our friends on facebook to see how they are doing instead of “wasting time” on a 5 minute phone conversation. It seems as though we have found comfort sitting behind the bright lite screens of our computer in a fear that our views do not match those of others. We have boxed each other in these rigid, inflexible boxes, and assume that we all fit within those tightly bound stereotypes. When did connection become so complicated? Where we need to know a person’s life style, religious or political affiliation before we simply say “HI, How are you?” I challenge you to break this vicious cycle, engage in meaningful conversations with your friends, family, maybe even at the checkout line in Starbucks- You could be the ONE POSITIVE conversation, the ONLY one who took the time to ask truly how they are were, or even be a source of laughter. Human connection is so fundamental to our entire existence; take control of who you want to be, how you choose to present your self, and place your best foot forward no matter where or whom you speak too.
- Be Present in the moment-setting goals and remaining focused on your path have clear advantages, allowing you to hold yourself accountable throughout the year. However, focusing all your attention on future events stifles you from celebrating your day-to-day achievements. Provide yourself the grace to bask in your small accomplishments that allow you to achieve your ultimate goal- YOU DESERVE IT! Life’s fulfillment is found in building, and creating unforgettable memories with family and friends, be present in your daily activities, cherish and savor each moment as you cannot relive moments. Take time daily and make a mental note of your gratitude’s, doing so will give you a sense of hope, belonging, and fulfillment to face any challenges that may arise.
Remember, You are exactly where you need to be in your life, do not compare yourself to others and focus on your own path of fulfillment and achievement. YOU are in control, this is YOUR YEAR to focus on your goals, while building lasting memories. You are your BEST you, and the BEST is yet to come!
Make this the year you dream of. You CAN and you Will!