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What Will You Do Differently Next Year?

As another year comes to an end, what gifts are you most thankful to have received this year?

A tornado hit extremely close to my house this past weekend. When something like that happens, it’s not uncommon to think about things just a bit differently or to get a new perspective on what’s really important to you.

Timing is a bit ironic considering it was just a couple days after Christmas when most people’s focus is on what they get and how much they get.

This was the first year my son, Blaise, really understood the holiday. He was excited about Santa. Every time we saw Santa, he would say, “My Santa.” His expression was priceless when he saw Santa got him presents on Christmas day.

With his mouth opened, he tore into the first gift. Then another and another. It seems with every gift, he opened the next one faster. After he opened a couple, he kept saying, “More. More.”

I would respond with, “Be thankful for the ones you have. Don’t say ‘More.’”

He’s only three years old, but these thoughts are common among kids and adults. They are given gifts, and as soon as they open them, they are saying, “More” or “What else?”

Then something like a tornado happens, and in one moment, all those material gifts are gone. You spend all that money, time, and energy on these gifts you thought were important…and none of them matter in moments like these.

I did the same thing this Christmas. I was so excited to get B all these “cool” things that I knew he would just love like transformers, Hulk things, books, and a ride along two-seater car. I spent money, time, and energy finding just the “right” presents for him, especially because it was the first year he really understood what was going on.

Then two days after we enjoyed Christmas, tragedy hits so incredibly close to us. None of those material gifts matter. If Buzz Lightyear, transformers, or his ride along car were gone tomorrow, we’d be okay…and THAT’s what really matters.

I’ve been given amazing gifts…like a house, safety, fantastic business, having an incredible son, being a mommy, and the gift of another year..another month…another day.

So I say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you” for all the glorious gifts I receive every single day (that are often overlooked or taken for granted) and the precious gifts that I’ve been able to enjoy and thrive not only in business but in life in 2015! Here’s to an even more amazing 2016!

What gifts did you receive this year? What will you do differently next year?

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