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The champagne has been poured and the countdown has begun. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6....the excitement of the next five seconds intensifies as knots in our bellies! 5, 4, 3, 2,1... and it’s finally here; the new year! HAPPY NEW YEAR 🎆!!!

The new year is exciting because it gives what many consider a ”do-over”. We look at the new year as a fresh start. Many take this opportunity to start new diets, exercise more, new jobs, new relationships, new moods, and new mindsets. A few just want to wish the previous year FAREWELL for various reasons. But out of all of the reasons that people get excited about the new year, there’s one missing and it baffles the heck out me. At the stroke of midnight we wish our family and friends a happy new year but how many of us use this fresh start to be just that...HAPPY?!?!

Think about it. How often have you gotten out of the bed and said to yourself “Today, I am going to be happy! Regardless of what comes my way, I am going to be happy!” Now trust me, I know it’s easier said than done. I work directly with the public for hours on hours a day. I know and understand the struggles of remaining happy in difficult situations with difficult people. But consider this...once you have pure joy, it’s hard not to be happy. And that is why you should never let anyone or anything steal your joy! True happiness comes from within. It has nothing to do with material things or worldly treasures. Happiness and joy comes from knowing who and what you are. It comes from being able to be satisfied with little and grateful when blessed with a lot. Happiness can be seen by others because it exudes from your heart. Since this is the beginning of a new year, 2020, a year we will never see again, I encourage you to give yourself the same advice I’m sure you gave others at 12:01 am. Try having a happy new year. Be intentional about it. Focus on your happiness and joy a little more than you did last year. Remember, happiness, as well as joy (and peace) start from within. Remember, that material things will only bring a amount of pleasure for a small period of time. Remember, you are responsible for your own happiness. And last but not least, remember, to ALWAYS...beYOUtiful!!!


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