I’m up early on this first day of 2018, and it’s great to be awake to a new day and a new year! New Years Day is an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward with bright hope to the future. It is my mother’s 82nd birthday today. Growing up, New Year’s always provided me a time of hope for greater growth, something that my mom always encouraged in my life. So perhaps I am up early to honor her and to keep my tradition of looking forward with bright hope to a new year with limitless possibilities.
As I reflect on 2017, I am grateful for many areas of growth in my life – two new grandchildren, growth in our practice at the Atlanta Relationship Institute, and a new office with more space to better serve our clients in the new year. It has been a year where I have met and been inspired by so many new people, new friends, and new opportunities to build relationships. It has been a year to explore new places and new cultures—most recently returning from a trip throughout Southeast Asia. Though 2017 had its stressors as all years do, I am grateful for the blessings and opportunity for growth I’ve received during its tenure.
One area where I have recognized a need to provide more focus and improve in the new year is on self-care and finding greater balance in my life. I need to spend more time focusing on my health and on becoming by best physical self. During the past two weeks of my vacation, I recognized the joy that came with moving my body more which was necessary as I was on a cruise ship surrounded by delicious enticing food of all variety. Gratefully, I also made a concerted effort to take a break from my work and my life passion to help others and spend some time focusing on my own health and becoming my best version of me! I confess that I am a workaholic, and it may have taken me being on the other side of the world to see the cost to my own body and my own health of having my life out of balance.
So 2018 is a new year and a new opportunity! This is a year that I must focus on my health. I need to make priority to care for my own physical, emotional, and relational health so that I may have the energy and strength to continue to help others—my life work and passion.
Hal Enrod, in his book The Miracle Morning, states that we need to spend an hour each morning rejuvenating ourselves. He challenges his readers to a 30-day transformation. I was excited to wake up this morning an hour earlier and follow his SAVERS formula–spending time in Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. I have completed day one, and it feels good! If you want to learn more, go to www.MiracleMorning.com.
I encourage you to find time as we pass into 2018 to reflect on the lessons learned as well as the opportunities for growth in the New Year. I also encourage you to spend time each day on caring for yourself so that you can be your very best self.
I wish you all a wonderful 2018, and here’s to being our best selves in the New Year!
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