As the trees turn colors, temperatures get cooler, and the days get shorter; the summer seems like a long and distant memory. As we reflect on the past 5 months, what were your accomplishments? Did you visit an old familiar location or explore a new one, spend time with old and new friends, welcome new family members or rekindle strained relationships? Most likely you changed your life in some way. We must change and evolve as we travel through life. Old memories may get a bit blurry and new experiences become your focus and the catalyst for moving forward.
As the last leave falls from the trees and people begin to settle in for the long winter, it can be a great time to assess where you are today and how you move forward next spring. Are you satisfied with your current career choice? Does your job allow you to exercise your passion? Are you making a difference? Maybe you are approaching the end of your ‘working’ life and you are considering retirement? Do you have a plan? The winter can be a wonderful time to embrace the quiet and really think about how you want to change or enhance your life.
Maybe the winter allows you some additional free time to explore a new hobby, find an organization that would welcome your involvement or just some time to finally clean out the closets. Try not to waste this opportunity and find time to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. As the winter represents the end, the spring represents the beginning. How will you plan for the beginning in a few short months?