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How to make the most of the new year 2020

A new year is right around the corner...already. It's new year's eve in the good old US of A and folks everywhere are celebrating with family, friends, food, fireworks and fun. Are you wondering where the last year went or what you accomplished in it? Sometimes reviewing the past year feels stressful, and sometimes it feels relieving. Many of us are ready to put the past behind us and get a fresh start. So how can we make the most of this transition?


No matter how difficult the past year was, focus on its completion and the start of a new one. The idea of leaving the past year behind and starting a brand new one can bring gratitude for the goodness that is always there between the cracks in our lives. It also brings a sense of relief from the challenges and the pressure of unmet dreams. We think, "Well, at least I get a fresh start."


I wonder how many fresh starts we get? Do you ever wonder that? I've had 55 so far. In between this moment and my first, I've imagined and played, danced and sang, dreamed and dared, laughed, cried, hurt, loved and lost. Once I even approached death.

I've done so many things and yet so many dreams remain. Each year brings a new hope of maybe, just maybe, this will be the one, my year to live my dream life. And then I remember that classic movie, It's A Wonderful Life and wonder, "Maybe this is it, right where I am, doing exactly what I'm doing..."


Isn't every day we breathe a dream? A gift? A special reason to celebrate? We don't have to be here. We were chosen to be here at this time, in this place, with these people. Strange, isn't it? Why do you think that is?

None of us knows; we just know that we are. So with a brand new year looming, what do we want to leave behind and what do we want to carry forward? It's our choice, after all, and it's what we choose in the present moment that holds our power.


A wise man once said, "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Not bad advice for the start of a brand new year. Here are 10 simple questions to move you into 2020 with more clarity:

  1. What do you want to leave behind?

  2. What do you want to carry forward?

  3. What new things do you want to bring in?

  4. What one change are you ready to make?