Why I Love New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a time that I reflect on what I have been doing in the year that is drawing to a close and also I take time to think about the future and my plans.

How far have I travelled personally and am I heading in the right direction (for me) are key questions. More than this I also give my own thanks for all that the year has provided.

Inspiring People

I remember my family, friends and colleagues and take a moment to remember just how lucky I am. Over the years I have worked hard to be immersed with people that are positive, encouraging and inspiring. I guess it is one reason why I equally work hard to give as much as I can to them. They are my support network and enrich my life.

You Have to Sing

I also reflect on the crazy or not so crazy experiences that have presented themselves. What did I really enjoy and what I surprise myself with? Did I stand on the sidelines or get truly involved and what would I do next time?

In 2010 it was the Swiss experience that really surprised me. Making a song with the help of Song Division and then winning a trip to Switzerland as a result. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the experience (but I had immense trepidation at the start so had to throw myself in).

Is the Cat Ready for Sleep?

Earlier in the year one of my cats developed cancer in her liver. She was on medication and all seemed to be working well until one morning when it was obvious something was so wrong that I rushed her to the animal hospital where she was immediately put on a drip and given more drugs. The news wasn’t good and I was truly expecting to receive the dreaded call with the sleep option. Amazingly, she pulled through and is now living every day in her usual cheeky way.

So where is the good news here? Well I guess it is that I now really value every day that she lives (more than I might have done previously). I think the lesson is that you can take nothing for granted. Life is a gift to be treasured despite how busy we may think we are.

Toast

So later this evening at midnight, I will make a toast which will remember my support network, recall my experiences and give my heartfelt thanks for the gift of life.

Author: Ash Mashhadi

Ash Mashhadi is co-Founder of the Inspiration Zone. He is also co-Founder of the successful website InPlymouth.com and Partner in the highly successful web design and social media consultancy Design Inspiration. Ash is a popular and lively speaker and frequently trains and mentors owners of small and medium-sized businesses. He is often called The Inspiration Guy, and if you want to discover why, just talk to him.

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