Well, 2013 is gone and 2014 is here! I hope that everyone is already having a great new year. My new year has already started off much better than the last. I remember bringing in 2013 by myself watching the ball drop in Time Square on television, as my partner, Daniel, was sleeping because he had to work super early at the hospital on New Years Day. There may have been tears even, but no use in looking back, right? This year, however, my partner, Daniel, and I both had off New Years Eve and Day, so we went to a friend’s house for a New Years Party to bid farewell to the past year and welcome the new one. Afterwards, we stopped at a couple local bars to further the celebration and were back home and in bed soon after. It was a night spent with friends and festivities and definitely has set the stage for a great year!
Today, we got up early and I fixed us some breakfast before working out and cleaning out our closet and dresser with all of the clothes we have worn little to not at all this year. We donated the clothes to Goodwill and went to a late lunch with Uncle Grant at The Colonnade Restaurant. Despite the long wait, we enjoyed a delicious Southern meal that included cornbread, pork, collards, and black-eyed peas so that we might have good luck and wealth this year. At the New Years Party, we actually read our horoscopes for the year and made wishes while releasing Chinese lanterns into the night sky. Here’s to hoping for a prosperous, lucky, and healthy new year for us all!
Although I would love to not give a fuck in 2014, I simply do give a fuck and my biggest goal for this year is to invest. I want to invest in me, my relationships, and my personal and professional life goals. I want to also invest in each moment as fully and authentically as possible. I want to invest in the human capital of myself and those around me to work towards becoming the best versions of ourselves, however we define and understand what those versions are. Investing means giving my time, energy, and resources towards life in meaningful and purposeful ways. It means staying healthy, giving of my talents and strengths, and always continuing to learn and challenge myself. It means remembering my purpose and working towards it every day. Robin Sharma wrote, “investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make… it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” So, this year, I plan to invest. First, in me, second, in others, and third, in the moment. Every moment that I can. May 2014 be my year of investing!