Goodbye 2016!

2016. What a year! I've heard so many people (personally and in the media) say that this is one of the worst years in recent memory. And, while 2016 has undoubtedly been a chaotic one (particularly from a social/political POV), I don't want to blanket-statement it with "worst year ever." Like many others, I'm happy to welcome in 2017, but I also have some fond memories from the past year, both personally (watching my daughter grow into this amazing little person) and professionally (I can't tell you how many times I've come out of a coaching session feeling energized and inspired by my clients).

Speaking of inspiration, I mentioned Gillians Zoe Segal's book Getting There in the last blog post and I still think it's a perfect gift for anyone on your list who would appreciate some powerful insight from a diverse array of successful leaders. I moderated a talk with Ms. Segal at SAF-AFTRA Foundation in November and it was not only an absolutely delight, it was truly inspiring. Luckily, for those who weren't there, here's a video of that talk, which includes a ton of inspirational quotes and some great nuggets of insight. I'm happy to share it with you as we close out the year.

Like I do at the end of every year, I plan on taking some time over the next week to relax and reflect, and I want to encourage you to do the same. Think about what 2016 brought you personally and professionally. What resonated with you most? What are you most proud of? Where were you especially challenged? How did the political climate affect you? What lessons from 2016 can you take with you into the new year? And most importantly, what do you want to create for 2017?

My final thoughts: Make the closing days of 2016 about you and those you love. Practice self-care as if it were a gift to yourself. Don't worry about tying up every loose end on your list; give yourself a break — it'll all get done eventually. And if you’re spending time with family and friends, be as present as you can be and enjoy the little gifts that they give you each and every day. Above all, have FUN!

With that said, I’m going to take my own advice and sign off until January. I'm looking forward to starting 2017 with a fresh slate and sharing my journey with all of you in the new year. Happy Holidays! -Betsy