I was looking toward my future with hope, excitement and anticipation, it was a new chapter in life for me and I couldn't wait for what lay ahead. Until one day, everything I knew and everything I was looking forward to changed in the matter of a split second.
No doubt you'll have your own rituals, however here are seven steps I employ that help me take stock of the positives, challenges and the lessons learned, and clearly identifies what can be sent off with a kiss and not carried into 2015.
After falling for my own trick over and over, I finally saw it as what it was. I see that if I wait until everything is perfect to experience celebration and joy, I'd have a better chance sleeping in a mountain cave hoping to be kissed by a prince.
Instead of creating an endless list of New Year's resolutions that I will naturally not complete -- because let's be honest, we are all way too ambitious on Jan. 1 -- I choose one word that will be my word, my way of life, for the year to come.
Known as Makar Sankranti, this Indian festival honoring the sun is one of the most popular in the sub-continent. An event known by different names depending on the region, it is celebrated throughout India and Nepal.
This is a perfect time to stop for a moment and really think about the meaning of your own celebrations, so that you don't end up spending a fortune in time and money with nothing real to show when it is over.
We stand on the brink of the holiday season, a time when we generally eat, drink, and spend to excess. By New Year's Day we are so fed up (literally!) that we fervently resolve to change our ways. Why wait for the new year?
By following these simple guidelines at events throughout the year you can enhance and protect your personal brand and will perceived by your friends, colleagues and employers as professional and confident.
Clink your glass often in praise of others. Toast the chefs and hosts, generously complimenting them, even if the turkey is a bit dry and the green beans are overcooked. You will enjoy the food and company more if you prime yourself for appreciative thoughts by voicing them loudly.
This is the time of year that we think of others. We want the holidays to be memorable for those we love. Make it memorable for you as well. When you care for yourself, you'll enjoy the season without wishing for a quick ending.
Halloween, a time to push the limits in editing photographs, a chance to break the rules and to have so much fun doing it. Every year, my daughter and her friends pose to provide images of imaginary characters in an imaginary world. I just love creating these images year after year.
When it comes down to it, there's no right or wrong way to celebrate Halloween. But when you're planning this year, listen to your gut; is there a certain side of yourself that's itching to yell "Trick or Treat"!?
If I enjoy where I am right now, my journey will be that much more exquisite. And as far as destination, there is none, really. As soon as we reach one milestone, we focus on new things that excite and inspire us.
May this autumn usher in an entirely New Era for the whole of humankind, wherein each and every person might have enough to eat each day. May we harvest together the offerings of our mutual Mother Earth and feast together as a family in the spirit of cooperation, communion, and commemoration.
'Starting up isn't all rainbows and unicorns,' is just a lighthearted way of saying that starting a company is one of the most grueling, stressful and exhausting things you can possibly do -- despite the heroic images of entrepreneurship we read about in the media.