Thoughts on the New Year Ahead…

January 2, 2014 Notes from Nicole

Happy New Year! 2013 has come and gone… It’s crazy how quickly time flies and what an amazing year it was! This Instagram that I posted last New Year’s eve established my mantra for 2013 and, as I always do, I kicked off year by writing down all of my goals. It was a loooong list. In the past when I reflect back on the year prior, I’m usually faced with the disappointing realization that I accomplished very little and am left wondering where all that time went but as I look back on 2013 I am so proud of what I accomplished. From building a career that I’m passionate about and reaching my goal weight to finally hanging up a gallery of artwork that had been sitting in a corner and many smaller things in between, I tackled a majority of the personal and professional goals that I set for myself. I also made a big life change last January that eliminated a ton of stress and negative energy from my life and opened up a whole new world of opportunities. It’s a testament to the fact that although change can be scary, it can also be exciting and incredibly rewarding – especially when you believe in yourself and are passionate about what you are doing. That’s not to say my year was completely void of challenges, but it was challenging in a good way and my accomplishments far outweighed any of the bumps in the road. So as I look forward to this New Year, I’ve never felt more excited, energized and committed. I’ve already outlined my goals for 2014 and while I won’t bore you with my laundry list, I will share a few of the overarching themes which are: 1. To surround myself with exceptional people and glean as much insight and inspiration from them as I can; 2. Take my career to new heights;  3. To create new and unique content for this blog that continuously inspires you; and 4. Enjoy life while doing all of the above. I have a feeling 2013 will be my best year yet and I hope that it’s YOUR best year yet too. Thank you so much for reading and for being a part of my journey. Cheers to an incredible year ahead! And with that, I leave you with this short Instagram video highlighting my top 5 moments on Instagram in 2013. Fittingly, it also happens to capture a few of my best personal and professional moments too. (Click the play button to watch) xoxo Nicole

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Jason McKee

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Good luck in the new year!

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