A Few Things I'm Grateful For

5,4,3,2,1….Happy New Year!! Well, at least that’s what I would’ve said if I made it to see the ball drop.  Instead it was happy new year at 5am when Adrionna decided she wanted to get up. Ahhh…but what better way to wake up? This time of year is all about starting anew. Clearing the slate to truly make it happen this year. With the new year you get a renewed sense of hope and great change for the better. 

I, myself, have been working on creating my goals for this year. And one of the most important things I feel you must do first is not be afraid to sit back and reflect on this past year. No matter if it was a great year or a sub-par year for you. Only by knowing where you’ve been can you plot a course of where you want to go. As I have gone into this reflection process, my mind has shifted into a gratitude mindset. When I look back over the year, there is a lot I am grateful for in my life and I would like to share some of these with you.

1. The birth of my daughter, Adrionna Grace Taylor. I have had many special days in my life, but this was the best one yet. My mother told me leading up to the day she was born that I have not known love like this before. And man, was she right. Truly a blessing!

2. Reconnecting with my sister. There was a gap in our relationship as we were growing up where we did not talk much or see each other.  But, as of late, we have talked more and I am looking forward to seeing her and meeting her husband for the first time.

3. Being in business for 5+ years and on our way to 6. I never thought a kid like me from the city of Boston would be able to come as far as I have in life. I am truly blessed and grateful for all the 212ers and team 212 for making 212 Health and Performance what it is today. Without all of you this place would not be as special as it is to me and to many others. Thank you all.

4. That nothing is given to me and I have to work for everything. I know that seems weird to some, but it is very rewarding to have to work for what you want. When you finally reach the top of the mountain it makes it all worthwhile and there’s no feeling like it. I can take these experiences and pass them on to others so they can achieve the things they want in life.

5. That even though my little brother no longer plays lacrosse, he stayed the course. He recently told me that he made the Dean’s list in college for the second semester in a row. I know who has the brains in the family. I truly disagreed with him when he walked away from playing lacrosse. I thought he may get caught up in the joys of what college has to offer and lose sight of his goals. I couldn’t be happier that I was wrong. Keep it up lil’ bro!!

My list of gratitude could go on and on, but the point of this isn’t about me. It’s about you and about you looking back and reflecting before you move forward. When you sit and make a list of what you are grateful for, you acknowledge the fact that life is good and this past year wasn’t as bad as you thought. I encourage you to take the time and do so. I wish you all nothing but the best in 2015. Let’s all work together to make 2015 a great year for all of us. As always, continue to live a life 1 degree above the rest!

P.S. Here is a previous blog from my man, Sean St.Onge, about goal setting. How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals