I do love this quiet contemplative time when festivities are over but the Christmas trees haven't yet been collected by the bin men and the normal routine of work and school has not yet kicked in. I'm not one for resolutions but I do love to spend this time looking back over the past year and setting some goals for the future. And reading as much as I can.
Looking back through various Evernote files and snippets, I came across this photo, which seems to perfectly capture the spirit of the day.
'Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.'
The quote comes from John Anster's translation of Goethe's Faust, and I saw it displayed as part of a coffee table arrangement in B&B Italia in London. It reminds me of a very productive shopping trip with a client and how far we have come on that major project, as well as encouraging me to inject some of the boldness and flair of my student work (yes, I reviewed all of that in the past days too!) into every piece of client work in the year ahead.
Whatever you're planning this year, be bold, be brave, incorporate aspects of your past while looking to the future. And hopefully the magic will follow! Happy New Year!