Ready or not, here comes 2017

Just like that, the storm that was 2016 is gone. Last year was such a harsh, cruel, eye opening year for so many people, it’s almost strange when you think about the fact that it isn’t ever coming back. We all are happy to let the year that left us without Professor Snape, Aggie Cromwell, Princess Leia, Harambe, and countless other beautiful souls be gone forever. But in order to make all of that sadness count for something we need to grow from it. Reflection is such an important part of that process and one that I’ve been working very hard to do more often lately.

In the spirit of growth, I’ve decided to make some general resolutions based on the lessons I learned in 2016. The hope is that if I stick to these throughout this new year, I’ll come out of 2017 a little wiser and better off than I am going into it. It’s not about losing 20 pounds or making a million dollars before my 52 week deadline is up (although if that happens along the way I’m not going to be upset). It’s about accepting the lessons I was lucky enough to learn throughout 2016 and using them to better myself. That’s what we’re all trying to do, right?

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The universe has a way of giving you what you need, even if you don’t always know what to do with the opportunity being plopped in front of you. Luckily for us, all we have to do is figure out how to pick that opportunity up and run with it. It may be heavy and awkward to hold and you may stumble along the way. But the real magic happens when you keep holding on anyways. 2017 will be gone in a wave of losses and accomplishments before we know it, so the time to get running is right now.

In the words of Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”.     Let’s take all of 2016’s can’ts and turn them into this year’s cans, shall we?

Happy New Year everyone.

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