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Take time this season to pause, catch your breath and consider how 2017 might take shape.

I don’t know about you, but this has been a year I won’t soon forget. From our daughter Liza’s brain surgery in January to Sydney and then Mollie diving in, wishing members of our team well as they set out on their own to welcoming our colleague Erin’s daughter to the world. The year has been full. We’ve met smart, wonderful people who’ve inspired us to dig deep and be creative. We thank you.

I’m sure you’ve had your share of milestones, highs, and lows this year, as well. Whether planned or serendipitous every experience leaves an imprint and begins to shape who we are and how we approach our businesses and lives.

In a holiday message from 2012, I included a piece from John Gardner that I have carried with me and thought about often. I share this with you again and encourage you to click through to Gardner’s full post.

“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.” John Gardner on Self-Renewal, 1990

So, with a sense of optimism and an adventurous spirit, we look forward to 2017. How about you?

Thank you for reading our posts throughout the year, working with us and inviting us into your organizations. It’s been a pleasure and we hope to see you in 2017. 

Enjoy your holiday season with family and friends!