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The past is our teacher

I love a new year. It’s that annual fresh start, a clean slate, that anything-is-possible moment when you say farewell to yesterday and welcome tomorrow. For me, the key to ringing in a new year isn’t so much about champagne and party hats (although, that’s fun too), but more so it's a time to reflect on the lessons learned in 2013 and how I can carry that wisdom forward.

Lessons learned

One lesson I've been reminded of frequently this year is perseverance.I see it every day, particularly in the minds and bodies of my clients, who show me their will to keep moving forward, even when throwing in the gym towel would be so much easier. Whether they’re 100 pounds or 10 pounds heavier than their goal weight, they show up, work hard, press on and keep striving. Sure, there are times when they falter or “fall off the wagon.” We’re human, we all do. But their success is in always getting back on the path. My clients have their eyes on the prize of health and it’s my privilege to play a role in helping them get there.

Their perseverance inspires me and gets me out of bed every morning, often long before dawn when it’s cold and dark, to help them each their goal of a healthier, happier life.

Wisdom of our elders

As I move into this new year, with the loss of Nelson Mandela still fresh in my heart, I came across a quote of his on the value of perseverance that I wanted to share with you:

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Though our struggles may pale in comparison to those of Mandela, his wise words we all can carry forward to inspire us all to keep learning, growing and never give up.

May your new year be one of joy, happiness, peace and continued growth.

With Love and Gratitude,

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