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  • Writer's pictureBrian R. Schobel, CPA

Welcoming the New Year: Embracing Change and New Beginnings


As the clock strikes midnight and fireworks illuminate the sky, a new year begins — a clean slate filled with new possibilities, challenges, and opportunities. The New Year is not just a time to celebrate but also a moment to reflect, reset, and reorient our paths.


1. Reflecting on the Past Year:

Before diving into new resolutions, it's important to reflect on the past year. What were the triumphs? The challenges? Each experience, whether joyful or difficult, offers invaluable lessons that shape our future decisions.


2. Setting Intentional Goals:

New Year’s resolutions often fail because they're too vague or ambitious. This year, try setting specific, achievable goals. Remember, the aim is not perfection but progress.


3. Embracing Change:

Each new year brings change, and with it, the chance to grow and adapt. Embrace the uncertainties of the future with an open mind and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone.


4. Cultivating Gratitude:

Amidst the hustle of goal-setting and self-improvement, don’t forget to practice gratitude. Acknowledging the good in your life can set a positive tone for the year ahead.


As American author Hal Borland once said, "Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." This quote reminds us that the New Year is not just a change in the calendar but a continuation of our life's journey, enriched by the wisdom of our past experiences.


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