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‘Tis the Season (to Welcome 2017 with Intention)

by Amanda Erickson, Sellen Construction, SMPS Seattle President

A few weeks ago, my friend commented that she was struggling to choose her family’s holiday card message this year. The predetermined offerings of “hope” and “joy” just weren’t doing it for her. “I’m just not feeling hopeful or excited about the new year,” she lamented.

I get it, and I’d venture to say that many of you share this feeling.

2016 was a tough year. It seemed like every time you looked at the news there was a new terrorist attack, a new riot, a new death of an icon. And most obviously, it was a long, hard election. Regardless of who you are, what you believe in or who you voted for, I don’t think anyone emerged from this election unscathed.

But we’re all about to get really lucky, because – are you ready for it? – a new year is about to start.

I love the new year. Even though Jan. 1 is only just another day, no different than Dec. 31 or the day before that, it just feels different. It’s a chance to reset and start anew. It’s a chance to set new goals and intentions and to have hope for those new goals. It can be magical (if you let it).

The prospect of what 2017 could bring may seem daunting, and wounds from 2016 may still need some time to heal, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be optimistic for the future. One unforeseen positive that came from this year (specifically, this election) is that I now feel like I have a passion that I want to support. What I care about has come through to me clearer than ever before, and I know I’m willing to volunteer my time and money to show that I care. Regardless of how you voted, I wouldn’t be surprised if many you had this same realization.

So this year, my new year’s goals will run a little bit deeper than losing those 10 pounds, and I welcome you to join me in this. Because by this time next year we can be stronger than we are today, and it won’t be because of the actions of any single person, but because of the actions of millions who have decided that 2017 was the year of intention, the year to fulfill a resolution to make a difference.

So come Jan. 1, let’s gladly accept the gifts that the new year offers us – the opportunities for hope and expectation, renewal and promise – and let’s not take it for granted.

Happy holidays!

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  1. Jessica Biel

    Jan. 10, 2017

    Great article. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Carla Thompson

    Jan. 9, 2017

    Well said, Amanda (and nice work on the website)! Happy New Year--and new intentions--to all of us.


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