January 2014 | On My Mind

24 OnMyMind
Words from the publisher

It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m feeling thankful for each new day ahead of me, and the possibilities each one holds. That wasn’t always true. In the past, I’ve felt like each day was a sacrifice that needed to be made in order to get to the next place I wanted to be, or needed to be. Don’t get me wrong—much of the journey has been a blast. Yet at times it has felt like a struggle. Often, I felt too pressured by time constraints and other challenges to notice how cool the expedition was while I was experiencing it.

The change in my outlook wasn’t something I made a conscious decision about. Instead, it began to evolve, quietly but definitively, a year and a half ago, when the DanceLife Retreat Center opened. I began to feel settled—not in the sense that the opening signaled the end of new opportunities, but more a feeling of peace. Because once that dream was realized, it launched a shift in me toward a sense of personal contentment I had not known before.

In retrospect, I am sure my change in perspective comes largely from the confidence I gained in accomplishing my dream and making it a success. Simply put, I discovered where I need to be.

My mantra has always been “no regrets,” but if I could change anything about the past, it would be to give myself the ability to appreciate the lessons I was learning and the knowledge I was gaining while I experienced them, rather than with hindsight.

That’s what I wish for you as you begin this new year—that you may enjoy an awareness of the journey you’re on and appreciate what it offers you. Know that whatever dreams you have will remain alive and well as long as you hold them close and leave no stone unturned in trying to make them happen. And along the way, I hope your daily accomplishments will bring you peace and contentment.

Happy New Year!