As I sat down this weekend, post a refreshing rain shower that left the world around me looking almost reborn under the brilliant sun, I found myself taking a few extra moments to breathe in the crisp, rejuvenating air. It’s in these moments of tranquility that I pen down the final newsletter of the year, a tradition that has become a cherished ritual for me. ☀️🌧️
Do you ever find yourself, like me, staring at the calendar in disbelief, wondering how another year has seemingly slipped by? And then there’s that lingering to-do list, a reminder of all the plans and resolutions we set out with at the year’s start. But this New Year’s Day, I’m advocating for something a little different – letting go of the pressures and expectations that often accompany the turn of a year. 📅
Life, as I’ve come to realize, often has its own rhythm and pace, sometimes bringing joyous surprises, other times presenting us with challenges. Each moment, be it of triumph or trial, is a part of our journey, shaping us, teaching us. If you’re riding a wave of happiness right now, bask in it, cherish it. And if you’re facing hurdles, hold onto the hope that better days are ahead. The beauty of life lies in its seasons and cycles, where nothing remains constant forever. 🌊🍃
Reflecting on my own path, some of the most difficult chapters have turned out to be the catalysts for significant growth and transformation. These are the moments that have sculpted me, both personally and professionally.
So, this year, I’m not setting any New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I’m immersing myself in gratitude. I’m thankful for everything 2023 has brought – the highs, the lows, the lessons learned. I’m grateful for the health and safety of my loved ones and myself. And as we step into 2024, I do so with open arms and a heart full of appreciation and hope. 🙏💖
Here’s to a New Year filled with love, laughter, and endless moments of gratitude. May it be a year where we continue to grow, love, and embrace the beautiful unpredictability of life.
Wishing you all a wonderful start to 2024,
Dr. Lily Chen 💜