This week, as we finish getting ready for Christmas, it's a good time to reflect back on the year around the blessings, struggles, and growth we have each achieved. How did we grow professionally and personally? Did we become better versions of ourselves?
My year has gone by extremely fast with keeping up with the kids, moving states, starting a new job and my wife starting a videography business. My wife and I are now living in our second house with two kids and we are only in our mid-twenties. These are some of the many blessings that we are so grateful for. These blessings delivered great accomplishments and wonderful failures that my family and I were able to learn and grow from.
With the New Year around the corner I have many goals that I set for myself but before the beginning of 2017 is upon us, I am going to embrace this time during Christmas to enjoy my family and celebrate how I have grown personally and professionally.
I encourage you to do the same during Christmas by relaxing, embracing your accomplishments, and reflecting back on your achievements and failures of 2016. Personally, I can be the hardest on myself and it is important for me to recognize that I have grown. I believe that as long as we're moving forwards we're not moving backwards.
As the year comes to an end I have three challenges for you during these last two weeks of 2016:
1. Reflect on the past and let those accomplishments encourage you to plan for the New Year.
2. Embrace the end of the year to spend time with family and friends and thank those that have helped you throughout 2016.
3. Prepare for 2017 by thinking about your failures personally and professionally that occurred this past year and how you can improve in the new year. Remember, if you learned something from a failure, than it is not a true failure.
Here are some fun activities you can do with family and friends this Christmas:
- Play a game (Catch Phrase, Apples to Apples and collaborative games like Pandemic)
- Watch some cat videos (seriously everyone laughs for some odd reason they are hit)
- Go to the theaters (catch a matinee and watch Rogue One or Moana with the littles)
- Make some hot toddies and enjoy some good late night conversation
From everyone at True Measure, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!
Stay tuned for my blog on personal and financial planning for the New Year in greater detail. For now, enjoy the time with family and friends and those that have encouraged you.
Steven LaFleur attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he majored in finance. After college, he worked in his family’s business. After three years Steven decided it was time to pursue his passion; helping and educating younger generations on money, planning, and finances. Steven is now a financial advisor at True Measure Wealth Management in Omaha, NE. Steven and his wife Kelly have two daughters who keep them busy at all times of the day. Steven enjoys skiing in the mountains and also biking and golfing during the non-snowy months. As a junior advisor, he’s passionate about helping the younger generations plan for their future. For more of Steven’s insights subscribe below.