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2014 is here! In fact we’re in our third week of it. For some of us, it signals a fresh start, a new beginning. For others it’s a continuation of a fulfilling journey that we hope continues without a hitch.

New Year’s resolutions allow us to set goals and construct the path we need to utilize in order to realize our dreams. Over the years, I have spent way too much time trying to come up with an impressive set of priorities and I can’t honestly say that I have honored every requirement. I had the best of intentions, but I ultimately succumb to the pressures of everyday living and never quite live up to the expectations that I have set for myself.

We are all guilty of this. How many of you have upheld the resolutions you just made less than a 16 days ago?  No judgment but as I get older, I am more determined than ever to connect with my inner self in order to unearth my true passions because those are the connecting dots that eventually form the bigger picture. Life is too short, so time is of the essence and as the days go by, and the years pile up, you want to be able to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment on every horizon. That is the best way to configure your resolutions. At the risk of sounding philosophical, being alive is a privilege that can be taken away without any warning. When you consider that fact, you will find yourself, strategizing your next move so that you can be content with the life you are living.

My hope this year, is to start building a legacy. 2013 was a year that revealed the essence of life and death in a drastic way. When you are younger, you are more preoccupied with superficial ventures, at least I was. Now that I am maturing, I am suddenly aware of how important it is to make a difference and possibly change lives. It doesn’t cost anything to volunteer and offer your services to people who are less fortunate than you or stranded in challenging conditions. We are so used to being caught up in our own predicaments but the truth is that we owe it to ourselves to give back in any way possible.

In order to be able to inspire, you have to be inspired. The reason why I feel ready to help out those in need is because I did the work. Last year, I promised myself that I would work towards leaving behind all the bitterness and frustration that plagued me for years. It wasn’t easy, but it became clear that my corporate job was hampering my ability to respect myself and I became obsessed with the notion of chasing my true passion. It takes courage to admit that you are not mentally sound but once you make that leap, the sky is the limit.

You have to be happy with who are because that is the only way your blurry vision can be restored. Now that I have left all the baggage behind in 2013, I am ready to tackle what’s ahead. I am also hoping to reinvigorate others so they can experience the joy of life in the most honest way. I think it’s important to spread the wealth, and that doesn’t necessarily mean dollars and cents. You can start by getting involved in neighborhood activities. Sometimes we tend to over complicate things and that’s the main reason why we end up defaulting. Keep it local and work your way up. You will be amazed at how easy and rewarding it is to positively affect someone’s life.

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