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an you believe it — we are into another new year?! For most people, the start of a new year is a time of “looking forward and looking back.” In retrospect, we start making a list of all those things we didn’t do or didn’t finish in the last year. And in looking toward our time in 2018, we start making new lists of things that we want to accomplish.

The relative calm and quiet after the holiday hubbub seems to be well suited for thoughtful contemplation. I always hope for a “snow day” or two so that the world seems to be put on pause, if only for a few hours.

For the last 20 years or so, my lists have always included one thing that I really needed to complete, but didn’t (like cleaning out my attic) and one thing that adds to my life skills/experiences. Obviously, it is far more fun to plan for the future. However, there is a genuine sense of satisfaction that comes with completing either kind of accomplishment. New life skills/experiences have included taking Greek lessons with Father Vieron at the Greek Orthodox Church, learning to snow ski, traveling abroad and going up in a hot air balloon.

I’m still pondering what I want to learn for 2018. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy — just something that feels like it has been a worthwhile endeavor — something that has added to the value of my life. And whether through the work I do here at RSVP Magazine or through volunteer endeavors in our community — I hope to continue to add value to the lives of others.

As you plan your new year, there’s inspiration to be found in these words by author Neil Gaiman,

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.”

So that's my wish for you — and my wish for myself. Don’t hold back because you fear your efforts won’t be good enough. When you get to this time next year, you can take heart in having made the effort to try new things.

Happy New Year!


Emily Adams Keplinger