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For many of us, the start of a new year is a time to look back and an­a­lyze where we’ve been and where we want to go. But what if you’re happy and con­tent with your ev­ery­day life ex­pe­ri­ence, as it is right now?

So of­ten we think hav­ing some­thing new, more pos­ses­sions, will put us in a bet­ter place. Or trav­el­ing—leav­ing be­hind all-too-fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings for an ex­otic lo­cale—will add ex­cite­ment and glam­our to our lives. Af­ter all the ev­ery­day rou­tine can be a bit bor­ing: sleep, eat, go to work, come home, eat again, watch TV, sleep and re­peat.

How­ever, I have learned that such changes, as buy­ing a new shiny bauble or mak­ing a trip across the ocean, can in­deed briefly al­ter our daily rou­tine, but even­tu­ally they too be­come just an­other part of our nor­mal life. We can change our ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment all we want but our nor­mal life—in other words, our mind—is al­ways there. And a rest­less mind will al­ways be search­ing for some­thing more. Some­thing no new pur­chase or over­seas va­ca­tion can pro­vide.

So in­stead of an­a­lyz­ing where we’ve been and where we want to go in 2019, per­haps it’s time to ex­am­ine more closely where we’re at now. I’ll bet you’ll find many things to be grate­ful for that will put your mind at ease. Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power that lies in your nor­mal life—its joys, flaws and ev­ery­thing in be­tween—be­cause that, I be­lieve, is some­times the best place to be.

And in Jan­uary and Feb­ru­ary, one of the best places to be is out­doors in beau­ti­ful Southwest Florida, which ex­plains why we chose to fo­cus on the out­doors in this is­sue.

Con­sider at­tend­ing the many open-air art ac­tiv­i­ties in our area or a spring train­ing base­ball game at JetBlue Park, or per­haps rid­ing a rental bike around our bar­rier is­lands, coastal parks and recre­ation ar­eas. You’ll find sto­ries on these ac­tiv­i­ties and much more in the pages ahead.

As we start an­other year, the TOTI Me­dia team wants to wish you and your loved ones a very pros­per­ous 2019.

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