Here’s To a New Year

How was your 2016?

A few evenings ago millions of people toasted and partied and celebrated the ball drop and the ushering in of a new year. It’s not one of my favorite holidays, mainly because of the fruitlessness of it. To say it boldly and somewhat unceremoniously: lots of people celebrated the end of an old year and the beginning of the new year with zero plans to do anything different or better to make it a great year.

Before we close the books on 2016 I think it’s good to reflect and take from it whatever we can. For the Howe’s, it was an eventful year, with something new or challenging (and sometimes wonderful!) almost every month. It’s good not to reflect just on what we did, where we traveled or what we overcame, but what we learned? What did you learn? I learned some strong lessons. And am still learning and re-learning a few.

Let’s learn from each other when we gather at our next Thoughts on the Rocks (for the Cincinnati folks) on Monday, January 9th. Before the National Championship of NCAA Football commences, let’s talk about what a personal championship year would look like in 2017. For me, it’s gonna be the F-bombs, in this order:

  • Faith
  • Fitness
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Finances
  • Failing Fast
  • Future

Saying it out loud to this group creates some accountability. Let’s all come for a great discussion. And in the meantime, I hope, trust and pray that your Christmas season was fantastic, wonderful and renewing in some way. Let’s make it a great year, -Doug

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