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Unwrapping Growth. The Seasonal Gift of Reflection

This has been a challenging year for me, both personally and professionally. I had a lot of setbacks…and I mean A LOT.  There are still a number of unknowns to be faced, but despite those, I am content. As I look back over the past year, I’m overwhelmed by gratitude and thank God for all of the challenges, lessons learned, and faith-filled moments that made up 2023.

I’m writing this right now in Richmond, Virginia, at the same hotel where I was staying exactly one year ago, doing another annual retreat with the same client. And even though I’m the same person – I am definitely not the same person. God has given me the combined gift of change, reflection, and transformation this year. I’d like to say I think it’s one of the best gifts any of us could ever receive. 

Have you unwrapped growth? Reflection? Transformation? Unwrapping this involves thinking about what people, experiences, opportunities, or challenges shaped you this year. When was the last time you reflected on where you are now and where you used to be? It’s not about looking to see if your bank account grew (mine didn’t) or if you are skinnier (didn’t happen to me, either). Who had the most impact on you this year, and what was that like? What experience will you never forget? When are you showing more kindness or patience? Where have your thoughts shifted? How are your actions different? Even though we are aging with each passing year, God is “doing a NEW thing” in us (Isaiah 43:8).  

I’m busy right now – like you – getting gifts under the Christmas tree for our family and friends, planning all those special meals, and prepping for a calendar filled with events. Even with all of the busyness, I want to encourage you to take time to reflect this holiday season. Unwrap that special gift of growth.

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Holly Hayes, President & Founder
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