It’s that time of year again: of pondering, reflection, and anticipation. The time you’re allowed to dream, to wonder, to reach for the sky and set big goals. Excitement permeates the air as 2016 dawns on the horizon.
We all have goals, don’t we? For our personal lives; our professional status. We dream of developing ideas, or making plans to travel after the school year ends. It seems we have goals for all areas of our lives, but there’s one piece that’s often neglected: our community.
Creative people are naturally independent. We like to think for ourselves and test our own theories, ideas, and methods. Sometimes we even end up convincing ourselves we don’t need anyone else—ever.
As much as we like to function within our own rhythms, living in a bubble will hinder your creativity and limit your impact, causing you to miss out on some incredible benefits that come when you open yourself up to working with others.
Generous people make the greatest impact. It’s no secret, really; just a plain, simple fact. The more you give, the more lives you are able to touch. People who are characterized by an open hand are some of the most well-respected and successful people in society.
One of my goals for 2016 is to begin cultivating a more generous mindset. I want to give freely, no strings attached. Generosity is one of the most attractive and outstanding traits a person can develop.
If you could give the perfect gift to someone, what would it be? Something you know they’ll remember. If you’re like me, you spend a good amount of time trying to find just the right gift to make that person smile.
With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all thinking of ways to make our loved ones feel valued; all searching for that perfect gift—many of us in the wrong places.
Busy, busy, busy; that’s the tune of the Christmas season, and we wear it like a badge of honor. If we’re overbooked, we must be gearing up for a great Christmas, right? More likely, you’re gearing up for a lot of stress and ultimately, burnout before the dawn of 2016.
All at once, it feels like life is spinning out of control. When did Christmas turn into this mess of stress and worry and constant motion?
No time of year is busier than the holidays. Never are we more pressured to keep up and stay on top of things than now, when it feels as if the very world is spinning faster than on those lazy, summer days not far gone.
There are parties to host, and travel plans to finalize; gifts to purchase, wrap, and give. Our to-do lists grow, and sanity slips away. During the holidays, when we feel the most strain, it’s important to take time to de-stress.
We all know the story: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Everybody remembers how the sly and malevolent Grinch, his small heart an empty pit, cooked up a plan to rob the Who’s of their Christmas—and failed.
He stole everything they had; every last crumb. But Christmas came anyway. And we all know the Grinch can’t really steal Christmas, but there’s something that can—and very often does.