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“A Happy New Year! Grant that I May bring no tear to any eye. When this New Year in time shall end. Let it be said I’ve played the friend, Have lived and loved and labored here, And made of it a happy year.”  Edgar A. Guest

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

A good beginning makes a good end. Louis L’Amour
‘Dear world, I am excited to be alive in you, and I am thankful for another year. Charlotte Eriksson
Just read one book a month and at the end of they year you would be totally different but an impressive personality. Amit Kalantri.
Whatever you wanna be, just, at the end of the day, if you’re being a good person, which is not hard to be, and you’re putting positive energy into the world, and you’re appreciative and loving to the people around you that care about you and everybody in general, then it’ll work out. Gnash

Happy New Year 2018! What are you going to do with yours? Start Small and Build: What a gift to live through one year and greet another year. One of the joys of starting a new year is that we can begin afresh, clean the slate and revisit our plans and promises from the previous year. Instead of wasting time bemoaning what we coulda/shoulda/woulda worked on in 2017, let’s make 2018 a new year to focus on the things staring us in the face.  If we start with the small things then the big picture will take shape. Think BIG and start SMALL. If  you remember that Jeff Besos started Amazon in a garage, Mark Z envisioned Facebook as a hobby in a college dorm, and that Google started as a graduate school project by two friends, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, it  would make sense that the fantastic begins with a small action step. So let’s have a conversation with our higher self and focus on what we know we are capable of achieving.

Think of a puzzle of a 1000 pieces; you start with one piece and methodically find your way through hundreds and hundreds of tiny connectors, and piece them together until, viola, the work is done. At least until others show up demanding your expertise and offering feedback. What often happens with so many of us is that we spend so much time worrying about the future, the expectations of others or even the amount of work we imagine it would take to get stuff done that we become paralyzed. If we remember to acknowledge the tightening knot of fear in our stomach, still stay the course and work our plan by taking decisive action steps we will reach the next level of our game plan. To get there, we must push those gnawing, fearful thoughts aside and refocus on the here and now by zeroing into one small facet of our task, magic happens. Okay, a fairy with a wand doesn’t show up… I know. What really happens is that our mind buys into the task once we get into the groove of it and, before we know it, a great portion of our mountain has become a molehill.

Another Fresh New Year is Here  – by William Arthur Ward via yourdailypoem
Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

READ: From the garage to the Googleplex
The fabulous life of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the second-richest person in the world (FYI- He is now the richest person in the world.)
History of Facebook

 

“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. John Ruskin
Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past. Craig D. Lounsbrough
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us. Jim Rohn
Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things – of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires. Sheri L. Dew

How do we start afresh? What can we do? What You Believe, You Become: We can start this year with a laundry list of all the reasons why things didn’t go our way, or we can be proactive by re-framing our strategies and moving forward. There will always be mountains to hike and, if we remember Ruskin’s advice above, we must stay focused on reaching the mountain top. Why? Because those who don’t get sidelined by fear, excuses, or real and imagined adversaries will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Instead of spending valuable time imagining all the ways things can go wrong, or listing all the reasons why we can’t/won’t do X, we need to turn those voices down and take a decisive step forward. I find that when I act on a task without debating all the pros and cons, I am able to get things done. Conversely, when I wallow in day dream land and look at every permutation of a task, it doesn’t get done.

Commit to Grow Not just Change: When William James said that The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives, he was on to something deeply profound and ingrained in every human. We develop our beliefs from our family/culture/environment/surroundings and those perceptions, beliefs and attitudes become so entrenched that so many of us are never able to wrestle our mind from the programming and experience a much needed paradigm shift. Our brain processes our excuses in real time and so we must be vigilant with what we feed our mind. Think back to a simple every day task like laundry. When we first look at the pile of clothes, they look insurmountable like a messy mountain with nooks and crevices everywhere.  We imagine the chore of sorting and spot treating our garments. We imagine the endless whirl of the machines as they soak, wash, rise and dry our clothes. At the end, we experience the satisfaction that only comes from sticking to a task and doing it well… the exhilaration of completion. The same mindset can be applied to other areas of our lives.
READ: Psychology Today: You Are What You Believe
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DECEMBER

12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve

JANUARY

01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,

 

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“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” Ellen Goodman

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot
I’ve become fascinated by the idea that it’s really achievable to make two or three small improvements in a week and by the end of the year, it’s 150 improvements.” – Darrell Hammond
Every tomorrow is an outcome of what I do today, and the beauty of it all is that today is happening all the time. Craig D. Lounsbrough

What will you aim/look for in 2018? Your Altitude will Match your Attitude: Celebrate your victories and believe in your ability to get things done… even if it is in your own time. When the great Zig Ziglar shared this statement years ago, “It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude,” it resonated with so many people.  Having a positive attitude about good and bad events in our lives doesn’t mean we deny the existence of the bad ones.  It means we weigh the results, look for the good in an experience and then remember the lessons to help us press on. The lessons add to our bag of life experiences that teach us insight and wisdom to guide our path. Key to our altitude shift is our ability to MOVE On! When you experience a disappointment or a discouraging response from others, assess the feedback and take from it what you need to propel yourself back on track.

Persistence Pays Off: How many times have we read of Best Selling authors who were initially rejected by multiple publishers before hitting pay-dirt? If JK Rowlings had packed up her dreams of ever getting Harry Potter published after so many rejections, she wouldn’t be the phenomenal success story we know today. There are so many bright lights who allowed  negative feedback to derail their dreams because they bought into the negativity. Keep a shield around your dream, stay persistent and don’t own the feedback. See it for what it is… an opinion from someone else.  PRESS ON! make this Happy New Year a much needed happy one by enjoying the things you love, taking necessary action to reach your goals, and giving back to your community and those in need. May 2018 be your best year yet!

READ: Lit Rejections – Best-Sellers Initially Rejected

 

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Happy New Year 2018, New Year, via PixabayAND/OR via Wikipedia

 

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

134 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie Syl permalink
    01/01/2018 5:06 pm

    A new year is a great time to change and a great time to start a new you. Happy New Year!

  2. All She Things permalink
    01/01/2018 9:45 pm

    The new year is a great opportunity to start afresh and set new goals! Happy New Year 🙂

  3. helench1k permalink
    01/01/2018 10:59 pm

    I love starting the New Year on a positive note but always believe that every day is a chance for a fresh start if you need it. Hope you had a fabulous start to 2018!!

  4. acraftymix permalink
    01/01/2018 11:47 pm

    Happy New Year to you too Elizabeth and I must admit I got a little side tracked there reading Jeff Bezos story. How amazing. Sometimes I find myself too focused on the big picture and it all seems so frightening. I’m going to make a huge effort to tackle the little bits inside the picture instead this year. Thanks for sharing that bit of wisdom my friend

  5. 02/01/2018 12:49 am

    Happy New Year! Hope you’re off to a great start this 2018! 🙂

  6. Jasmine Eclipse permalink
    02/01/2018 1:39 am

    Wishing you the most blessed and prosperous New Year! I really enjoyed reading through all the quotes in this post, they were really motivational!

  7. emman damian permalink
    02/01/2018 2:00 am

    Happy New Year! I love setting new goals for the year. I hope you achieve yours! I’ll visit your site frequently to see your progress.

  8. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    02/01/2018 3:39 am

    Happy new year to you, love all your collage pics on this post. I like the idea of the 1000 piece puzzle – a good way to think of the year.

  9. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    02/01/2018 4:00 am

    I completely agree that a new year is always a chance for a brand new slate. We shouldn’t bemoan what we could have/should have/would have done in 2017, instead we should focus on what we want to do in 2018 and work out the best way of ticking off our goals!

  10. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    02/01/2018 6:38 am

    Happy New Year to you too! Isn’t it great that the new year is on a monday? Like a proper start! A good opportunity to start fresh, reflect on the past year and move forward from there!

  11. Evelyn Foreman permalink
    02/01/2018 6:48 am

    Happy New Year, dear One! What a great post to inspire and ignite the heart! As we all begin anew, my prayer is to remember that at any time we wish, we can decide again and again on our “yes!” Blessings and much-continued prosperity!

  12. Cristina - Memories of the Pacific permalink
    02/01/2018 7:51 am

    Happy New Year! I think this is a great time for new beginnings and goals and to still work on the old ones!

  13. Shadlyn permalink
    02/01/2018 8:24 am

    I agree! It is a gift to live through one year and greet another year. We should all feel graitful that we made it another year and ready to start fresh with good attitude!

  14. Jill permalink
    02/01/2018 8:32 am

    There is definitely a ton of motivation to fuel the new year packed into here. I love your posit that New Years is about growth, both just change. That is so true and many forget that, but in reality there is no change without growth. Happy New Year!

  15. lucicoo permalink
    02/01/2018 10:43 am

    Happy New Year! I try to wipe the slate clean every new year to strive for a better year than the past one and learn from my mistakes and missteps.

  16. tanviidotcom permalink
    02/01/2018 10:50 am

    Reset. Recharge and Repeat! I love setting new intentions and building on the efforts of the past years. Happy New Year E!

  17. Ithfifi permalink
    02/01/2018 11:16 am

    You are right! The small things first, they will all add up and complete the picture. Thank you! I think with worrying about if my job is safe or not I’ve already began trying to do the whole puzzle before any pieces are out of the box. I am aiming to worry less, what will be will be but to do my best in helping myself move forward. Happy new year to you Eliz!

  18. Lakesha permalink
    02/01/2018 11:32 am

    There is so much I am expecting out of 2018. I don’t do resolutions because I believe in living in the moment. I do believe in setting goals and applying discipline to achieve them but I want to make sure I am living each day to the fullest and letting those around me know how much they mean to me.

  19. Nawal Aharrass permalink
    02/01/2018 11:39 am

    Am the only one who doesn’t set resolutions or goals for herself? the only thing that I’ll try to keep in mind in 2018, is to be more optimistic that’s all. Is that weird? Anyway Happy New Year!!

  20. Serena h permalink
    02/01/2018 12:29 pm

    I like the puzzle reference. It takes time sometimes to make change and one has to be patient with themselves. I know that one all to well.

  21. Talina permalink
    02/01/2018 1:26 pm

    I am so excited for 2018 and all the great opportunities just waiting for us! I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you and that you achieve all of your goals!

  22. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    02/01/2018 1:43 pm

    What an excellent post. To start afresh is not just about changing but also growing, this is a great inspiration for the new year. Wishing you a great year ahead!

  23. mjchristine permalink
    02/01/2018 2:18 pm

    believe you can and you will! really beautiful poem, inspiring and very motivating indeed!

  24. Adaleta Avdic (@adaatude) permalink
    02/01/2018 2:57 pm

    I always love your inspirational posts! Cheers to the New Year.

  25. elishaff permalink
    02/01/2018 3:33 pm

    I feel like 2017 was a great year. I am committed to making 2018 even better with more peace, joy and love.

  26. 02/01/2018 3:50 pm

    This was such a great post to start off the year! I’m living the think Big and start small motto plus the 1000 piece puzzle created such a great visual. Hope you have a great week!

  27. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    02/01/2018 4:15 pm

    As always I love your photos, the two in the center are absolutely beautiful! I’m not exactly sure where this year is going to take me because like many I am not the only one making decisions. Therefore, I have decided to take a bit more time and thinking/learning with my blog until I am clear.

  28. majorclicksphotographygmailcom permalink
    02/01/2018 4:35 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! What an amazing time to set some goals and kick 2017 to the curb!

  29. Ruthie Ridley (@RuthieRidley) permalink
    02/01/2018 5:17 pm

    Happy New Year! Love your idea of starting small and going from there! Goals can be overwhelming all at once!

  30. briabbymom permalink
    02/01/2018 5:34 pm

    I always enjoy reading your posts!! Happy New Year… I wish you the BEST full of health and prosperity!! I wish your blog a lot of success too!!

  31. Carol Cassara permalink
    02/01/2018 5:35 pm

    I think last year was a tough year and I plan to make this one a better year for me and my family. I like the chance for a fresh start and I’m really excited to meet all my goals! I hope you have a lovely year ahead!

  32. Lyf&Spice permalink
    02/01/2018 5:40 pm

    I like your points on starting small and believing in ourselves. SUch a great start to the brand new year. Hope you have a fabulous 2018! Cheers!!

  33. Lauren Sheriff permalink
    02/01/2018 6:56 pm

    Happy New Year! I love the quote commit to growing not change! It’s so true, the New Year isn’t about changing but growing as a person!

    Lauren

  34. Shannon permalink
    02/01/2018 7:54 pm

    Great quotes and photos. Love you point about having a conersation with our higher selves….a great reminder

  35. thebusyboymama permalink
    02/01/2018 9:02 pm

    I love the snowflakes across the page! Happy New Year to you! It’s going to be a great one.

  36. Alexa Brooks permalink
    02/01/2018 9:08 pm

    Love your quotes about a new year being a fresh start! Happy New Year!

  37. 02/01/2018 10:32 pm

    Happy New Year dear Eliz, I know you’ll make the most of every moment, Gx

  38. Samantha permalink
    02/01/2018 10:48 pm

    I agree that we get more accomplished when we don’t stress over the pros, cons, & “what if’s”. I also think we should focus more on growing. That’s where the change occurs. Happy New Year!

  39. lavandamichelle permalink
    03/01/2018 2:33 am

    Another amazing post full of motivation and thought provoking statement. One thing so have learn is to START. so many put off their growth because they do not want to take the first step. I love that you said start small. Looking forward to another peaceful and productive week.

  40. Aditi permalink
    03/01/2018 4:05 am

    Love the puzzle analogy. In this information age, we all need to connect our own dots. Happy New year!

  41. helene dsouza permalink
    03/01/2018 4:38 am

    Very nicely written !!!
    I loved reading it .. most of all i loved the poem very much!!
    And yes i feel much more motivated then before…
    Thanks for such a lovely post

  42. Different Frame of Mind permalink
    03/01/2018 5:50 am

    A new year is a great time to start over and change what you would like to change about yourself. I set goals not resolutions. Hope you had a happy new year.

  43. Deb Savage permalink
    03/01/2018 5:51 am

    Starting small and building towards goals is so important. If you bite off more than you can chew in the beginning you are just setting yourself up for failure.

  44. 03/01/2018 7:31 am

    Do you really think reading one book per month can change you? Would you have to choose meaningful books or just reading any book? I spent my New Year’s Day with what i thought was cleaning (sorting through boxes of saved children’s artwork) and really was an opportunity for reflection. I’m grateful that the universe sends me this message: I will try to make good effort in understanding.

    • 13/02/2018 9:53 pm

      Glad you had an chance to reflect. Reading anything uplifting anytime helps us… there are no limits to learning. 🙂

  45. keisha1989 permalink
    03/01/2018 7:36 am

    Happy new year to you. It’s always a good opportunity to set new goals.

  46. Anup Das permalink
    03/01/2018 8:06 am

    Thanks for the motivation will try to match my attitude with amplitude.

  47. Alicia Taylor at Taylorlife.com permalink
    03/01/2018 8:37 am

    I like that you delineate growth and change. The two are definitely not the same. Growth is the hard part.

  48. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    03/01/2018 9:32 am

    I love that last paragraph of the poem, the opportunity to right the wrongs, plant a tree and so on. Happy new year!

  49. 03/01/2018 9:33 am

    Whats great about a New year is you get a chance to accomplish what you couldn’t in the previous year. Happy New year and can’t wait to see who you inspire me with you words, this upcoming year.

  50. lonestarpersuasion permalink
    03/01/2018 10:04 am

    I love your puzzle analogy! such a good way to look at things!

  51. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    03/01/2018 1:25 pm

    Happy New Year, Elizabeth. This New Year makes me anxious because I know some events will not be good. My mom is really sick and we have to prepare for the worst. However, I will try to make the best of what the year will bring. Prayers will be my sword, my faith will be my armor.

  52. Ellie Plummer permalink
    03/01/2018 9:31 pm

    Happy new year! This is very beautifully written. I hope 2018 will bring you lots of great opportunities for you to grow and achieve all that you want.

  53. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    04/01/2018 1:50 am

    I’ve been practicing something a little bit different. I start my “New Years” resolutions at the start of December. That way, I hit the ground running in January and I’m already on a path of habit. It helps keep me motivated to continue!

  54. lifewithtwinsplus2 permalink
    04/01/2018 5:20 am

    I always look forward to a fresh new start to the year! A blank page for a whole new chapter to begin. Happy New Year!

  55. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    04/01/2018 6:03 am

    I love the New Year! Especially this year that is started on Monday! Perfect time for a fresh start and new opportunities! Happy New Year!

  56. Chelley Martinka permalink
    04/01/2018 9:48 am

    A great time to start over!!! Happy new year to you and your family!

  57. nadaliebardo permalink
    04/01/2018 10:17 am

    Happy New Year! I think we all needed a lot of motivation on that first Monday after New Year’s. It was really hard to get back in the swing of things and working after the holidays.

  58. Nancy permalink
    04/01/2018 11:29 am

    Happy New Year! I love having a fresh start.

  59. 04/01/2018 3:36 pm

    This definitely makes me motivated to make 2018 the best year!

  60. Josselyn Radillo permalink
    04/01/2018 5:33 pm

    The new year stands before us and it’s a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals and let the past in the past.

  61. Cindy permalink
    04/01/2018 5:45 pm

    I love your thought/suggestion of “think Big, start Small!” It’s a great suggestion for everyone with new years resolutions.

  62. chewoutloud permalink
    04/01/2018 7:35 pm

    Happy New year, Elizabeth! My favorite thing here is “grow, not just change.” It’s my goal every single new year to grow in at least one area…in a realistic, do-able, manageable way… just to see growth in that area, taking steps in the right direction. It makes a difference! It’s the in slow, step at a time, daily growth that we eventually can change 🙂

  63. franckxethee permalink
    04/01/2018 11:19 pm

    New Year is always a fresh starts. It’s a ray of hope and a chance to be better. Happy New Year.

  64. Cleo permalink
    04/01/2018 11:43 pm

    Happy New Year to you too! Love part about “Persistence Pays Off” all too often we have an idea and get complacent when it dosen’t work straight away. This is a good reminder to keep on trying!

  65. Indu permalink
    04/01/2018 11:46 pm

    “A Happy New Year! Grant that I May bring no tear to any eye. When this New Year in time shall end. Let it be said I’ve played the friend, Have lived and loved and labored here, And made of it a happy year.” Edgar A. Guest
    This quote says all how to be a good human in New Year. And I will strive hard to be so.

  66. Sadhna Shanker permalink
    05/01/2018 2:25 am

    Happy new year. think big and start small – a great mantra. thanks

  67. karriefrost permalink
    05/01/2018 8:10 am

    Great tips to ensure you commit and are accountable to your goals for the new year.

  68. Beola Lawal permalink
    05/01/2018 2:08 pm

    Happy new year, I am surely starting small and building my way up this year 2018. New year, new page and new opportunities!

  69. pclassiq permalink
    05/01/2018 2:36 pm

    Happy new year and thanks for this awesome article.

    I love the tips!

  70. Erica Ardali (@EricaEverAfter) permalink
    06/01/2018 9:39 am

    I love the conversation starters in your post. I’d really like to take a second to answer these. It might give me more insight on what I want and need in my life.

  71. Shell permalink
    06/01/2018 5:43 pm

    The new year is a fantastic time to start anew ! I wish you a very happy and wonderful new year 🙂

  72. Candy Rachelle permalink
    07/01/2018 12:52 am

    New Year is such a great way to start our new goals for this year. By the way, Happy New Year to you and to your family.

  73. Tiffany permalink
    07/01/2018 9:15 am

    I love your posts, you always inspire me to dream big and achieve big. I would pay to see a motivational conference by you! Anyway, I think what I like most is that you said to start small and build. I think that’s such an important thing to do or you become overwhelmed. Thank you for sharing, as always! Love your blog!

  74. Nisi Wanders permalink
    07/01/2018 6:13 pm

    I believe and fresh starts and the new years is a great time to re-focus and also relax more – so many of us are too darn busy!

  75. Danielle Thomson permalink
    08/01/2018 5:28 am

    I love the idea of looking at it like a puzzle. I’m definitely just starting to put the smaller pieces together but I know if I keep at it and progress I can turn this year into something amazing! Happy New Year to you!

  76. Autumn permalink
    08/01/2018 11:58 am

    Great tips to start the new year! Thank you.

  77. melclayville permalink
    08/01/2018 12:27 pm

    Your posts are always so inspirational! Thanks for sharing your spirit and wisdom to brighten the lives of others. Here’s to a happy and productive 2018!

  78. Angel permalink
    08/01/2018 4:40 pm

    That great advice for the new year. Setting goals and working on each one a step at a time.

  79. Kimmy permalink
    08/01/2018 6:01 pm

    This is amazing! Every year, I make a list o at least 10 positive goals. I check my list periodically through the year to keep on track!

  80. Joy Generoso permalink
    08/01/2018 8:55 pm

    May you achieve all your goals this year. Have a great 2018!

    Liz Gen

  81. Fashion Panache by Bhushavali permalink
    09/01/2018 1:40 pm

    Happy New Year Elizabeth! Wishing you all success & happiness this year and every year after that too! 🙂

  82. Ut Minh permalink
    09/01/2018 11:00 pm

    I’m glad you shared these tips with everyone. New year with specific plans and set goals to implement. Good luck!

  83. Path of Presence (@pathofpresence) permalink
    27/01/2018 6:45 am

    Happy New Year, dear! Love the opening quote – to look for potential instead of what “to fix.” I am counting my blessings and grateful for this inspiration. Great things headed our way! Blessings, Evelyn

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