Welcome to 2024! Well, a little late. Hard to believe the first full month of the new year is almost over!

Did you set a New Year’s resolution?  About 34% of people set them and only 8% of those 34% of people stick to them for the entire year. So maybe that is not the best way to make some personal or professional changes. 

Let’s think outside of the box. “New Year, New You” is often a phrase that is spoken, but how did we get here? What was the journey like? Did we learn from our mistakes and failures? I want to do something different this year. So here are some suggestions to make 2024 the best one yet:

  • Create a 2024 bucket list – what would I like to do this year . . . . take a vacation and put my phone and computer away, volunteer, remodel my home or maybe reconnect with an old friend.
  • Write a personal mission statement – we all have them for work, but what is my personal mission in life? Can anyone else interpret it from my actions?
  • Choose a word or phrase for the year – maybe a word like gratitude, wellness, authentic, adventurous, or balance; maybe a phrase like “Be Kind,” “Lighten the Burden for Others,” “Focus on What’s Important,” “Have Character,” or “Take Action.”
  • Mini goals – how about a 1-week challenge or a 1-month habit change to break up the year and find greater success one small step at a time.
  • Healthy pleasures – get a massage, pedicure/manicure, play golf, take a hike, walk your dog, meditate, or read a book to take a moment to care for yourself.

That all being said, if you still wonder if you are lucky to have made it to 2024, think about what was posted by the Canadian Red Cross and author Mark Batterson:

  • If you can read this, you are luckier than over one billion people who cannot read at all.
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are luckier than the million who will not survive the week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend any meeting you want — political, religious, social — you are luckier than 3 billion people in the world.
  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, then you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. 

Cheers to a fabulous 2024!