The Year in Peeps

Okay, I know it’s a little early, but from the bottom of my heart Happy New Year!

Watching the snow fall during a recent storm here in the East, I thought about how those tiny little flakes gather together to make a beautiful, wondrous mess.

perfectflake a perfect flake in my hair

So many insignificant pieces falling separately yet weaving a blanket powerful enough to overwhelm even the most prepared cities. For some, the snow is the white Christmas they have been waiting for. For others waiting in airports, it is an inconvenient mess.

I thought about how people, like snowflakes, rarely make much of an impact without each other. At the end of 2013, whether you see your current life as a peaceful, White Christmas dream or a hot mess, I encourage you to reflect on who were the people in 2013 that helped you achieve your goals, move through the rough patches, pushed you to quit a bad habit, brought you joy? They make up the random tribe of snowflakes with whom you share this life, who lend your life purpose and power, who ground you and keep you from spinning pointlessly in mid-air.

No matter whether your life looked “better” to you in your mind’s eye or seemed more challenging then, now is an excellent time, before you start pressuring yourself with New Year resolutions, to evaluate the year in terms of growth and the people who supported it. Look back and remember who and where you were last year at this time. What challenges seemed insurmountable that in hindsight are not? What habits did you let go of or grow out of?

Take a minute to remember those moments of freedom; some may be big, others tiny. Silently thank the swirl of people around you that helped make growth possible. Hold those people dear in your heart, and head into the New Year feeling good about yourself and them.

 

snow

snow gathers in the front yard

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings health, happiness and peace for you and those you care about most.

And remember: Love Yourself no matter what.
Special thanks to my swirl: Deborah Blossom, Jill Leigh, Stephanie Omens Alli Polin, Lise Porter, Jen Olney, Lolly Daskall, Navah Steiner, Kit Bennet, Dan Forbes, Janet Baus, Dick Nodell, Ande Lyons, Tony Richards, Marta Szabo, Terri Klass Kate Nasser, Naomi & Dave, Scott Cronin, Julianna Lavin, Eric Fischbein, Alexis Silver, Rosalind & Gene, All my Beloved Clients, and YOU.

11 responses to “The Year in Peeps”

  1. Dan Forbes says:

    Blair, Thanks for the mention. I am so glad that we connected and engaged in 2013. Happy Holidays!

    • Blair Glaser says:

      So great to meet and connect, Dan. I have met many great leaders in the #LeadwithGiants Community. Best to you and yours!

  2. Alli Polin says:

    I’m kind of longing for a little snow right now – happy to be a flake with YOU! Here’s to an amazing 2014!

  3. Found you through Triberr. I love the idea of not only generally reflecting but reflecting on where you were last year at this time. I know my life has changed a ton in only one year, and I wouldn’t take a thing back.

  4. Blair,
    Great read. I recently sat down to write our annual Christmas card to our family. I had been putting it off over and over again because I felt like 2013 sucked for both my husband and I. We are both currently out of work without much prospect in site. As I started making a list of everything I wanted to write about for the year, I realized that we actually had a pretty special year that was mostly filled with happiness and fortune. Just because a few bad things have us down in one area of our lives, I had to remind myself that overall our lives are pretty special. This post definitely reminded me of that again.

    • Blair Glaser says:

      Diana,
      Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to share your powerful comment.
      I love your story. It is so easy for us to become lured into focusing on what doesn’t work. Thanks for helping me remember, too.
      Warmly,
      Blair

  5. Hi Blair

    I thought this a lovely post and a great reflection point on 2013, as it is the people we meet and interact with that make the difference!

    You are one of those for me, along with many from the #LeadWithGiants and #HRockstars communities on Google+ ~ have a fabulous Festive Season!

    Kind regards

    John

    • Blair Glaser says:

      John,
      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      It was terrific meeting you this year, too. I so enjoy your humor, intelligence and generosity.
      A Merry Season and a Happy New Year to you as well.
      Warmly,
      Blair

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