December 2017

December 2017 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Krisztian Lonyai

What is it about the end of a calendar year that naturally brings on a reflective state of mind? For all intents and purposes, it is just another day. However, as we put the finishing touches on the last issue of 2017, I find myself contemplating the things I did and did not accomplish this year. Overall, it was a pretty good year, personally and professionally. While there is always room for improvement, I accomplished many of the goals set for myself—way before the end of the year. Maybe that had something to do with my six months as a teetotaler…but I certainly hope not! Tee-hee.

What goals will you set for yourself in 2018? What steps are you taking to make those goals a reality this time next year? Writing them down is the first step. Telling people in your life about your goals is the next. That way they can hold you to them.

It is in that spirit that I will share five of my goals for 2018 with YOU. Now I am officially accountable to all 37,000 people who receive this magazine in the mail every month.

Read at least 12 books this year – FOR FUN.
I find myself reading the news, to learn a new skill and for work research, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a book for the pure enjoyment of it. Do you have any recommendations? I want to read 12 fiction books this year.

Connect with people in person – MORE OFTEN.
Living your life in 30-day cycles with a constant looming deadline is tough. Sometimes it makes me withdraw into a cocoon when I am not at my desk, just to recharge the mental batteries. This year, I vow to connect with people, in person, more often. Whether it is a glass of wine with the neighbor or a festival with my teammates, my goal is to say “yes” to social events.

Lose those last 10 lbs.
No explanation needed…isn’t this on everyone’s list?

Find a new hobby.
I am thinking maybe I want to learn how to play the piano this year…I want to be one of those people who can walk up to a baby grand in the lobby of some fabulous hotel and bang out Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. That’s not at all too ambitious, right?

Be patient.
My family has a Disney World tradition. We go to the Japan Pavilion and ask a cast member to pick out lucky owls—a different color for each person in our party. Then, at the next restaurant where we have dinner, we give the owls to the server and ask him or her to hand us each an owl. Each one is a different color and is supposed to be a talisman meant to ward off evil spirits, incite creativity, foster love and friendship, etc. Over the years of repeating this random ritual at least 20 times, I have more silver owls than any other color. The silver owl is supposed to bring patience. Clearly, this is something I need to work on.

From all of us at CH2 & CB2 – Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!

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