It’s New Year’s Eve and I’ve been reflecting on the past year. For some, it’s been a truly amazing year. For others, it’s been a year filled with challenges and loss. As a life-long Star Wars fan, I was especially saddened by the loss of Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess Leia. In my own life, I have found that gratitude can help us through the most difficult of times and also keep us grounded in the best of times. I’d love to share with you what I’m most grateful for on this last day of 2016.
What I’m Most Grateful For At The End of 2016 (in no particular order of importance, it’s simply a numbered list):
- I made it! It’s so easy to take for granted that we will be giving the gift of another day, yet it’s not guaranteed. I’ve been through a life-threatening illness and ever since then, I wake up every single morning and give thanks.
- The loss of so many celebrities. Why on earth would I be grateful for that? Every time we lose someone famous and it makes the news, it’s reminder of how fragile life it and how quickly it can end. It’s also a reminder that our bodies are not invincible and that it’s critical to take care of it NOW – as prevention is much, much easier than treatment. When we lost 4 celebrities in one week, I shared my thoughts on prevention in this blog post.
- My best year in business to date. This is thanks to my incredible team, my amazing loyal customers and support from my family. What I love about my USANA business is that in order for me to create success, I have to serve others and help them to succeed as well. It’s a wonderful business model and I’m also very grateful for that.
- Completing a full year of blogging every single day. I made a commitment in July of 2015 to blog every day for a year. And I did. It was an amazing opportunity to grow as a writer and to serve my gratitude community. In 2017 I look forward to sharing this content on a larger scale through guest blogging, podcasts and live speaking engagements. It’s time to grow my gratitude business and share my vision with the world!
- All of you, my readers and my tribe! I love it when you comment on my posts, share my Facebook blog posts, send me personal emails and read what I have to share. It means a great deal to me that what I am sharing has enough value for you that you would take the time to read it.
- The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. This is a challenge I decided to do in June-July of this past year. And it changed my life. I am still waking up every morning, getting down on my knees and circling my prayers. I am certain it has helped in my business and my relationships, and in my connection to God. My faith has deepened a lot over the past 12 months and I am incredibly grateful for it.
- The Rio Olympic games. I have been a huge fan of the Olympics since I was a child. I was born in 1976, the year the Olympics were in Montreal, where I was born. I was inspired as a young gymnast by Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to score a perfect 10. In Rio, Canadian Women won 87% of the medals won by our country, the most ever won at a non-boycotted Olympic Games. This will inspired generations of female athletes to come.
- Our daughter, Céline. In January, we started her daily gratitude ritual. At the time, she was 5 and in the middle of Senior Kindergarten. At night, we took small pieces of paper on which she wrote her daily gratitude sentence and then folded and placed them in a jar. A few days ago, we emptied and unfolded all of the papers and I was overwhelmed by how much our daughter had been grateful over the past year. Many of the phrases were repeated, however there were so many reminders of what a great year it had been on those slips of paper. Whether I make a difference on a global scale or not is not important. I know I’ve given my own child the legacy of gratitude and that’s enough.
- The health of my family and friends. I am incredibly grateful that my immediate family and my husband’s immediate family are all in great health as we close 2016. My parents are in their 70s and are in excellent health. My sister and her family of four are happy and healthy. And my husband’s family is also happy and healthy. This is HUGE gift. I know that so many of you lost loved ones this year, many of my high school friends have lost their parents – which affects all of us as we start to realize that if we are 40, our parents are also getting older. I have lost friends, and I have watched friends go through cancer treatment and thankfully, survive. It’s so easy to take our health for granted. I have invested the past 10 years of my life in a career that is focused on prevention and the beautiful side effect is that my family has also learned about prevention. Never, ever take your health for granted.
- And finally, all of the incredible advancements in technology that will make 2017 and beyond more and more amazing for the human race. We live in a truly amazing time right now and it’s only getting better. More and more people have access to clean water than ever before. And the world is becoming more and more connected thanks to massive improvements in wireless technology. Self-driving cars are here and will disrupt transportation in big ways. Change can be scary, yes, however I find it exciting to learn about what’s coming next and how incredibly quickly everything is changing! My favorite resource for this is Peter Diamandis – I highly recommend subscribing to his weekly newsletter. Fascinating to read!
Happy New Year everyone! What are you most grateful for in 2016? And what are you most looking forward to in 2017?
Lifestyle & Leadership Masterclass – Thursday Jan 12th at Le Jardin in Woodbridge with one of my mentors, Natalie Dion. Registration now open! www.lifestylemasterclass.eventbrite.ca
Launching Your Best Year Ever – Vancouver! I’ll be live in Surrey, BC on Saturday Jan 14th, for the USANA Kick-Off event of 2017 and I’ll be leading you through a 90 minute workshop on creating and planning for your best year ever. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased here: www.deltateamevents.com
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