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100th Blog Post: New Year Insights from the Team

deb stairs 2v2I’m having a bit of a problem with resolutions this year.  Maybe it’s because last year’s resolution didn’t work out quite as planned and it’s hard to build momentum again.  When that happens to me, I find that it’s best to start small with some quick successes, like building one new workshop or walking 2 miles one day a week.  I’m always curious about how to jump start motivation.  Sometimes for me it’s reading an inspiring book like Marianne Williamson’s, A Return to Love, or hearing a story about a war veteran or seriously ill individual who has overcome enormous odds.  Then I say to myself, “Hey, get cranking gal, what do you have to complain about?”

I know I have some significant work to do in 2011 with building stronger relationships – less about tasks and more about people; less about judging others and more about as Gandhi said, “being the change” I want to see in the world. 

We are very appreciative of the support and care we receive from our faithful clients and friends.  We wish you all a most wonderful 2011.
– Deb


mikeharringtonwebsiteI was the last of our team to write my blog for this Thursday. Part of it was because I had just put it off for a while, but I also realized it was probably more because I didn’t really know what to write about. See, I’ve never been a big fan for New Years or New Years’ resolutions for that matter, they just seemed silly to me. I know a lot of people do them, but I also know that most people don’t ever follow through with them.  However, I am excited to see what the New Year will bring, just like I am every year.  It is pretty likely that some event will happen over the next year that will cause me to have to pick a path (This will probably be true for a lot of people), and I’m excited to see the options that present themselves. 

New Years to me isn’t about changing the way I’ve done something in the past, it’s about the idea of being able to create a new chapter in my life book (to which I imagine the title being Roadblocks, Speed Bumps, and Frost Heaves: A Guide to Navigating Life).  Two years ago, I was in chapter 5 The Long Road Home and last year was probably about finding the true me. Who knows what this year’s chapter will be called, hopefully it’s something cool though. Either way, it’s sure to be a nail biter.

I wish you all the best in 2011 and with your resolution if you’ve got one, but for those who don’t, feel free to sit back and enjoy the ride.

                                                       – Michael


lisa 1.1webOne of the things I like about the holidays is the natural tendency (for me, at least) for reflection and renewal. This year, oddly enough, it was one of my daughter’s Christmas presents that got me thinking. In the movie, Nanny McPhee Returns, the main character is out on a picnic with the new family she’s been commissioned to reform and teach lessons. The movie is set at wartime and consequently, you see soldiers clad in uniform with a wide array of medals on their chest. In this movie, you immediately notice that medals have been added to Nanny McPhee’s rather dreary, black attire. One of the children asks Nanny McPhee what she got her medals for. She replies that she received medals for courage, kindness, resolve, imagination, enthusiasm, basket work and leaps of faith.
I thought to myself, at the end of 2010, would anyone award me with any medals? If they did, what would they be for? If you know me, certainly not basket work. And looking forward, what medals would I want to strive for in 2011? Kindness, authenticity, caring perhaps. So that’s my challenge for you this week …. What medals did you earn this past year and what ones would you like to strive for in 2011?

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and an array of medals in 2011!

                                                        – Lisa


MattHarringtonIn my 10th grade biology class there was a poster with a cartoon horse galloping around some lightning bolts.  It wasn’t the cartoon horse I remember so vividly, but rather the quote on the poster, “Success doesn’t depend on flashes of brilliance, but on plugging away.”  I wasn’t that good at biology and I was worse at math (hence my marketing background), but I did what the poster said.  My success in passing both classes and high school and college wasn’t because I was brilliant or really that smart, but it was because of my persistence in plugging away.  It was a creed forged in my mind early on to “show up, on time, ready to go, every day” that helped me be, what I deem, successful.

In the New Year I plan to make the yearly resolutions. I plan to make SMART goals. And, I plan to be successful.  However, I’m not depending on flashes of brilliance (although those are welcome and encouraged).  The plan is to be like that galloping work horse; in plugging away; in working hard – in showing up, on time, ready to go, every day.

Many successes to you in 2011!

- Matt



Enjoy our Greatest Hits post from last week. 10 of our best blogs of 2010 based on readership. 

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  • Great words of encouragement ND team! Miss you all and pray that each of you have a very successful 2011 and that some — or all! — of your goals are met! Time for me to think about setting my own goals, remembering to keep Christ in the center of them! God Bless!


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