New Year
January 1, 2019

"A new year ... a fresh, clean start! It's like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on! A day full of possibilities! It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy ... let's go exploring!” - Bill Watterson, It's a Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

We've popped the champagne, wore something sparkly, and rang in the New Year with friends and family. Whether 2019 was your best year yet or a rough year you weren't sad to say goodbye to, a new year is on the horizon and there is no time for negativity and doubt. This is the time for hope and change.

Most of us are familiar with the idea of making a New Year's resolution. After all, it's the perfect time to put a bookmark in your book and reflect on what has happened. What is it about your life, your habits, your environment or behaviors that you'd like to improve? Whether we like to admit it or not, every single on of us has one thing (at least) we'd like to change for the better. Maybe it's a desire to get out there and make new friends. Would you like to eat healthier or spend more time with family you might have put on the backburner? No matter what it is, this is the time. This is your time.

In life, though it may not feel like it at times, there is always a chance to have a clean slate. To have a big white sheet of paper to start a new page on, as author Bill Watterson wisely said. And as we welcome in 2020, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to believe in the power of you.

If you ever have doubts or start to fall into old ways you vowed to never return to as per your resolution, ask yourself this question: what would you do if you knew you would not fail? Keep working towards the future you want for yourself. Cheers to a happy, healthy new year!

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