by: Rebecca Taylor

The New Year has arrived and with it is a time for contemplation – remembering the ups and downs of the year that has just ended and what your expectations are for upcoming year. These expectations can come in many forms, they can be hopes and dreams and events you hope to partake in or hobbies you hope to explore. Through it all there are many important things which you must remember: take time for the people that you really care about because time does not wait for you to accomplish what you want before you have time to spend with them. This could mean spending time juggling your schedule to accomplish all that you want to do and still have time for those important to you. It can be hard sometimes to prioritize your life but you must consider the bigger picture. If you get invited to coffee and want to go but don’t know if you can’t because you have a bunch of other things that you should be doing, consider how you might be able to do both or what can wait. I don’t mean that you should continually procrastinate but you also shouldn’t pass up moments which could be very enjoyable when a load of laundry or dishes could wait. We often think about the big events in our life as having the most meaning and often times they do but you have to take into account all of the beautiful little memories along the way because in the end, those small memories add up to be the big picture – your life. With each small encounter, some which may go unremembered by you because they seem insignificant, know they could deeply touch someone. Often a smile or kind word can make a huge difference in someone’s life whether you personally know them or not. So I say for the new year, let’s raise a glass to each other, embrace human and let’s hope for an amazing journey together on this earth, because we can all make it an incredible place to be one small act at a time.