New Year’s Thoughts – Reflections

iStock_000048701850_MediumTis’ the season, right? That phrase seems to be tossed around a lot this time of year. Tis’ the season for laughter, family, friends, parties, recitals, pageants, stress, anxiety, and more! If you have kids you know exactly what I am talking about. You hardly have time to breathe let along focus on what batch of cookies you are on for some activity that is in 30 minutes. But I digress; it isn’t that bad… (read between the lines 🙂 )

As 2014 recently drew to a hectic close it is a great time to look back and take stock of the year that was, and look forward to the year that will be. Sure, on 12/31/14 at 11:59:59pm the clock struck midnight, it happens every day. Yet we celebrate this particular happening with parties, alcohol, and a certain fervor that is unlike any other 11:59:59 all year.

Without getting bogged down in the why (because I certainly could), let’s take this opportunity to be thankful for all the blessings we have. I am incredibly thankful for my wife and children. The joy and purpose to my life far, far out weighs all of the other things that come along with parenthood (see above about the cookies).

I am thankful that I have a job that allows me to be passionate and creative, innovative and collaborative and any other -ive word you can think of. There are far too many of us who toil away in what are perceived to be the “salt mines” just for a paycheck. I don’t want to brag, but my company rocks; I feel lucky to be a part of it day in/day out.

I am thankful for SWP. Having an organization that is dedicated to getting people excited about staying, working and playing in NH is an incredible thing. Having lived in other parts of the country I know that NH lacks a certain “cool” factor. People see Maine as “Vacationland” and Vermont as that hippy funky Ben & Jerry’s eating place with huge ski resorts, New Hampshire is just kinda’ there sandwiched in between. Well, with a website such as this I don’t see that reputation sticking for much longer.

What are you thankful for in 2014? What new challenges to you have coming up in 2015 that you are excited for? Scared of? I want to thank you for sharing my journey through NH with me for part of this year. I look forward to talking about all of the other fun, exciting places life takes me in NH in 2015. Happy New Year!

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