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Though I’m not yet sure why, those four numbers cause a great deal of excitement within me. To be honest, I find myself anticipating each new calendar year the way I used to yearn for Christmas morning as a child. There’s just something about a new year, a fresh start, a clean slate. However, this year, I am more excited than usual. I really don’t know what this year has in store for me, but I sense greatness on the horizon.

I ceased making New Year’s resolutions several years ago. To me, they were often an unattainable goal with unrealistic expectations. Because of this, I failed…every time. I started, instead, to choose one word I wanted to define my year. In the past, these words have included hope, forward, freedom. This year my word is STRENGTH. As I said, I have no idea what these next 360+ days hold for me, but I know that strength will be required for every phase of the journey.

It is time to step into this new year with renewed passion, focus, and determination. This is the year of fulfillment. This is the year of promise. This is the year of endless possibilities. Welcome to 2018!