As one year closes and a new one begins, I like to take the time to look back and review lessons learned as well as create new goals for the new year. This year my goals are professional, personal and health related.
Last year was a very difficult one because I lost my beloved mother. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January and passed in August. I visited her nearly every weekend, spending more time in North Carolina than in D.C. I will cherish that time forever. What did I learn? I learned that life is too short and you never know when you are going to lose someone in your life. I learned that it is never too late to create a stronger bond than ever before and show someone you love how much you care for them.
Professionally, I was able to watch my team take care of business and let me spend time with my mother. Our biggest wins at Reston Limousine were taking over contracts where other companies were failing. Once again, our flexibility to start quickly and grow or retract for our clients helped us win new business. Being adaptable is always a great strategy.
For my health, I gained 20 pounds taking care of my mother! Whenever I visited her, she asked me to get her out of the house and take her to a great restaurant. We got to enjoy all of her favorite foods together. After she passed, I made my annual visit to the Optimum Health Institute’s San Diego Campus for a week of detoxing and cleansing. The diet consisted of only raw organic food and a lot of wheat grass!
For the new year, professional goals remain pretty consistent: Grow revenue, grow profit and reduce expenses. We are looking to expand in Baltimore and Prince George’s County. We continue to develop relationships with our affiliate partners all over the world and we look forward to collaborating. We continue to attract and retain the best talent in the industry. We are constantly looking at technology and looking for better ways to do things.
Personally, my goals for the new year include visiting my father, who is 79, every two weeks. He lives on the Eastern Shore. Now that my mother has passed, I plan to spend more time with him. I hope to talk to him, listen to him and videotape him. I want to record our family history before it is too late.
In terms of health, I hope to continue on my journey of eating healthy, working out and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. My six-month goal is to ride a bike for 20 miles! I plan to get up early, exercise daily, meditate and write in my gratitude journal. As you look at your plans for the coming year, I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
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