Life changes, people change, situations change; chaos and change are the impetus for growth. The change and growth can be painful, but most births are. We can choose to focus on the negative, or we can roll with the punches and make the best of the situation.

Today is the first day of 2015, the New Year a fresh start. Each year I choose a one-word intention to focus on in my life. In 2013, I decided on the word fearlessness; I ventured outside my comfort zone and traveled abroad, participated in a polar plunge in January (note to self: once is enough). In 2014, I selected clarity; it was a tumultuous year, I felt if life lacked any clarity at all. A friend reflected on my observation and mentioned that now that old paradigms had fallen away there is a renewed sense of purpose, focus, and clarity. Excellent perspective; often we must experience chaos and discomfort to find our place in the world. This year, 2015, I have chosen the word compassion; compassion for others as well as self-compassion. I look forward to the journey, and sharing that journey with you.

Happy New Year! Wishing you a year of compassion, health, and well-being.