Every year this particular moment of time comes and we must say goodbye to the current year to welcome the new one. And it is in this small window of time that we reflect on how much we’ve been influenced by the previous year’s experiences. All of the highlights (and lowlights) are remembered as we set our resolutions for the year ahead, essentially trying to create a personal road map for the next 12 months in hopes of bettering ourselves for the future.
It has been years since I’ve carried out the time-honoured tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions seem to be all about “doing” and “solving” and I’ve just never felt the need to “solve” myself. Besides that, I haven’t really ever been able to keep them – I can honestly say that I don’t remember following through with a single one… ever. However, I have always believed there is significant value in self-reflection and do practice that part of the tradition – the part that takes a look back before saying goodbye to the previous year. I like to reflect on what didn’t work for me as well as observe and appreciate the things that did. This helps me set a new intention (no, not a resolution) that I can use to navigate through the upcoming year. For me, an intention is not something you “do” it is more like an image or impression that you create for yourself, to help guide you through the different ways you would prefer to be in life.
On New Year’s Eve I scanned back over my year and wow, what a surprising yet incredible year 2014 turned out to be! I was determined and focused and knew exactly which direction I wanted my life to go, especially with respect to business. I was not inflexible but certainly began my year somewhat resistant to change. After a few unfortunate surprises and interesting dilemmas came up I discovered I would have no choice but to “go with the flow”. I found myself having to redefine the meaning of success in order to stay authentic and follow my own path. I challenged myself on so many different levels and in the process learned so much more about perseverance, balance and acceptance. My willingness to open to change gave me the freedom to wake up each day loving what I do and I am so grateful for that. So for the upcoming year it is my new intention to “stay open to change”. I know that I will always keep it in the back of my mind to guide me as Chiluna continues to grow.
From all of us at Chiluna we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. May the year ahead be full of numerous surprises and wonderful challenges for all of you! Happy New Year!