As 2016 fades away behind us, I’ve been reflecting on ways to reinvent myself, my business and my non-profit (again) in 2017. I find myself nearly overwhelmed with a combination of both grief and gratitude. How can so much good and evil co-exist in the world? Can any one of us make a difference? Is there still hope remaining?
I need to believe that the new year provides an opportunity for self and communal reinvention. I have faith that humanity has the capacity to forgive, heal, change and grow. I believe that in the end, love and peace will eventually win.
So while new year’s resolutions may simply be a man-made impetus to start over, this year’s resolution feels extra important. Here are 4 intentions to reinvent yourself in 2017:
1. Be an advocate for a good cause.
There’s never been a better time to support a grassroots organization in San Juan del Sur. Non-profits are feeling the financial squeeze left over from lingering feelings of fear and scarcity. And yet, the town continues to develop while the cost of living for locals rises. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we encourage you to make a financial contribution this year to improve the quality of education that locals have access to. In 2017, let’s make it our mission to empower these Nicaragua non-profits year-round.
2. Live in the moment.
The power of now is one of Nicaragua’s greatest life lessons. Time is measured differently in a region where entire communities lack access to electricity, running water and private transportation. Subsistence farmers and fishermen know there are no guarantees for tomorrow. Let’s make it our intention to make the most of today.
In a society that glorifies wealth, minimalist living goes against the flow. We are inundated daily with advertisements that promote consumerism and a lifestyle of abundance. Making a conscious choice to spend less money, own less possessions, create less waste and commit to fewer obligations can be wildly freeing. Change your priority to time with loved ones and see what that does for your perspective this year.
4. Do something brave.
Maybe you want to learn how to surf or finally book a plane ticket and learn what life is like in Nicaragua on one of our relocation tours. It could something big like buying real estate in Nicaragua, or something important like simply having a hard conversation with a loved one.
For me it’s being more vulnerable in my writing. What’s yours? We want to hear it!