I want to start by talking about family because, yesterday (January 1st) was Global family day. What is a family? It depends who you ask. There are different types of family. I would argue that the most important family, is the family that you can trust. The family that is there for you through the good times and the bad. These people are sometimes made up of the people you are related to and sometimes they are people that you’ve met throughout your life who have been there when you needed them, who stood up for you when no one else would, and who have been there for you through the best and worst times of your life. I am grateful that I can call the people I am related to, family and I have a few close friends that I consider family as well! I realize that I am fortunate to have these relationships. I admit, I am guilty of not letting them know that I love and appreciate them as often as I should, and I know I should do it more.
Life is a wonderful, occasionally stressful, and a unique journey. We don’t know what life will bring us from one moment to the next. I strongly believe in appreciating each moment because, we don’t know how much time any of us actually has. I also strongly believe in not having any regrets. Because of this, I make an effort to take the opportunities that present themselves to me (after doing my research, contemplating whether it is right for me, and listening to my gut instinct), and I try to be there for my family (related and acquired). I encourage you to live life to the fullest for yourself and to be there for those that you love. Memories are one of the best gifts that we have!
Lastly, since it's the beginning of a new year, I would like to leave on this note. This year, I encourage you, to instead of making a new year’s resolution, to record the following instead:
1. What are your core values (2-5 values that guide your intentions and actions, the most important values that you live by)?
2. What are your top 3-5 priorities? You might even write down why they are your priorities and why they are in the order that you chose?
3. What are your 6-month, 1 year, 5 year and 10 year goals? I encourage you to include what you need to do to achieve these goals.
By stating your core values and priorities, it will help you make decisions and stay true to who you are and what you want over the next year. I wish you all the best as your journey into 2020 unfolds!