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Re­flect­ing on the past year, we all will re­al­ize that quite a lot had to be lifted in 2017, and I’m not talk­ing about lift­ing weights in a fit­ness stu­dio. Maybe you had to deal with over­whelm­ing mat­ters from en­vi­ron­men­tal to per­sonal is­sues. But let's be hon­est, we should not al­low our­selves to be thrown off bal­ance. When I think of deal­ing with these chal­lenges as lift­ing weights and a way to get stronger, it’s much eas­ier to move for­ward in a pos­i­tive light. In fact, a trip to the Sani­bel Health Club and a good work­out helps im­mensely to keep me bal­anced. And as we march into 2018, we are al­ready so fo­cused on get­ting work done and try­ing to help oth­ers that we of­ten for­get to recharge our own bat­ter­ies. I’m like ev­ery­one else when it comes to set­ting goals—or mak­ing New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Ex­cept this year, I’m re­sist­ing call­ing this a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, I like to call it my key ob­jec­tives for the com­ing year:

Be thank­ful for each day you, and the peo­ple you care about, awaken to new op­por­tu­ni­ties Be good to oth­ers and to your­self Be hon­est, ac­cept that some­times, it’s OK to say “no,” es­pe­cially if you just don’t feel you can give some­thing your best ef­fort Be bal­anced in your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives Be ad­ven­tur­ous and do some­thing new that is out­side of your usual com­fort level Be in­volved and find a wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tion where vol­un­teer­ing will lift your sense of pur­pose

I’ve made my ob­jec­tives sim­ple, so that I don’t find them too im­pos­ing. My be­lief is that if we all work to­ward be­ing more present in each mo­ment, treat­ing those around us with re­spect and kind­ness, and rid­ding our­selves of any un­nec­es­sary bag­gage that just weighs us down, we can all lighten our load in 2018. I’m so look­ing for­ward to see­ing you out and about in our com­mu­nity this year, and ev­ery­one here at TOTI Me­dia wishes you noth­ing but an en­rich­ing, re­ward­ing and ful­fill­ing New Year.

Daniela E. Jaeger

Daniela E. Jaeger Group Pub­lisher, TOTI Me­dia

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