Reflecting on Another Year, Recalibrating for the Next
It’s a cliché but totally true: the older I get, the faster time seems to pass.
Recently, I pulled out a calendar to try to identify where 2016 went. I saw lots of high points. Among them: taking a trip to the Florida Everglades, reuniting with old friends at my 10-year college homecoming, winning a major writing award and participating in my first ever Canadian Florist Business Forum. I can’t help but smile remembering these experiences, times when I felt completely at ease, proud or filled with purpose.
Unfortunately, in between these high points, I spotted many weeks where I essentially had every hour mapped out. These exhausting periods, I regret to say, did not bring out the best in me. Way too often I turned conversations with my parents and my boyfriend into venting sessions. I berated myself when I made mistakes. I sacrificed precious hours of sleep agonizing over whether or not I had disappointed people.
I bet I’m not alone. You might not have photographed any alligators, but surely, your year involved a fair amount of stress. Did you, like me, let it seep into your relationships and quality of life?
Fortunately, the new year looms ahead of us like a blank slate. We have a chance to recalibrate our attitudes. So let’s take a deep breath, remember what’s really important, forgive ourselves for slipping up now and then (it’s inevitable!), and show more appreciation for the people who stand by us day in and day out.
In this issue, we’ve devoted several articles to fresh starts. Cavelle Martin shares a New Year’s resolution that will have a profound impact on your mental wellness (p. 18), while Gay Smith discusses the outdated, ineffective and potentially harmful care and handling habits you need to ditch once and for all (p. 26). Eager to revamp your image in 2017? Abby Driver outlines simple ways to amass a collection of professional-looking photographs that will upgrade your website and social media presence (p. 20) and Mark Anderson reveals how to raise your perceived value and command higher prices (p. 22).
You’ll also find plenty of seasonal tips, including how to prepare for the onslaught of newly engaged couples (p. 14), write a powerful holiday e-card (p. 12), give a meaningful end of year bonus (p. 24), and decorate customers’ homes for Christmas without losing your mind—or lunch (p. 30).
We hope you enjoy it all and that new year brings you happiness, good health and prosperity.