I have always loved New Year’s Eve… it is without a doubt my favourite night of the year. Closing one chapter, saying hello to a new one; the first kiss of the year at midnight; fresh starts and new beginnings… welcome, 2016!
One year ago I named Explore as my Word of the Year for 2015. My resolution for the New Year was simple: try new things, travel to new places and explore new relationships. And I have to say, mission accomplished. A few highlights from my 2015 included:
- Travel – Chicago, Montreal, Calgary, Fort Lauderdale, Mexico…
- Trying new things – I ordered a steak salad and ate calamari (yep, the vegetarian of 12 years had red meat); hiking almost every weekend; still working on chess; became a self-proclaimed kickboxing champ; and successfully meditated 300 nights of the year.
- I tried to really focus on me – took the year to re-establish my business, took a part-time teaching position at Conestoga College, and made my health & well-being a priority.
- New people – in 2015 I really discovered the power of friendships. I learned that the people you surround yourself with become a part of who you are. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but the girlfriends in my life are strong, intelligent, ambitious people… they are great wives, mothers, sisters and friends. And let me tell you, they know how to dance up a storm on ladies’ night!
- What you think, you become. 2015 was a year for me to let go of the past and explore the possibilities of the future. I leaned into my health, really learning that the power of food and exercise is just as strong as medicine… sometimes even better.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I’m sitting in my kitchen, just returned from a hike with my dog, Nixon… and I’m thinking, damn I’m a lucky woman. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel blessed and thankful for my life and the people in it. So without further hesitation, I jump into 2016 and my new Word of the Year to guide me through: Dare… “to have the courage to do something or challenge someone else to do something”. Cheers to 2015, but 2016… I’m ready. This year is going to be a great one, I can feel it.