And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. —Rainer Maria Rilke

2023, it’s good to see you. I am entering the new year slow, which is my favorite speed for January. Far too often people rush into the new year with a pace that isn’t sustainable or favorable. Why must we hit the ground running? I understand the phrase and the pace for certain tasks and timelines, but a new year should be approached with a respectful ease. After the holiday rush, it seems worthless to continue the burnout of an over scheduled or excessive lifestyle. Moreover, for anyone attempting to change or evolve in the spirit of a new year tradition, it feels backwards to rush into something without a restful pause or clear and purposeful vision. January is meant to be slow, so I hope these words find you at a comfortable pace, relishing in the optimism found within opportunities, and fostering a place where hope and gratitude meet to forge a loving and joyous plan for what lies ahead.

And so friends, I wish you slow and steady days ahead. Might they be calm and conjure up the best life has to offer.