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Beverly DenverQuestions and Answers
 
During the holiday season, I always find myself looking ahead to the next year and asking myself a lot of questions: What will the New Year hold? Will there be pleasant surprises? New challenges I can’t even imagine right now? Will new people come into my life? To learn from? To enjoy shared interests? Love?
 
Other questions come to the mind, as well. Are there things I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t? Why is that? What should I do about it? Are there things I’m doing that no longer hold my interest or fascination? 
 
Why is that? What should I do about it? 
 
These are the same questions I asked myself at the end of last year. Mostly, the answers have revealed themselves. 
 
Today, I can look back and say, “It’s been a very good year — maybe the best one ever!”
 
I can say that because I’ve really thought about it — by asking myself more questions, seeking more answers.
  • What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Easy, Houston Woman Magazine turned 10 years old, and this 10-year breast cancer survivor is still hear to crow about it!
  • What was the single most challenging thing that happened this past year? That’s easy too: Finding time to do what I need to do for me (work out regularly, for example). 
  • What was an unexpected joy this past year? Another easy one, but I have two answers: Learning my son passed the CPA exam and finding out my daughter and her family will relocate from Chicago to Austin in 2015.
  • What was the best book I read this past year? Because I am a member of two books clubs, I read a lot of books in 2014. Picking the best one is too much like picking a favorite child. Just can’t do it. Suffice to say, I love them all — for different reasons! 
  • In what ways did I grow? Does growing out of a Size 8 count?
  • With whom are my most meaningful relationships? Family is a given, of course, but beyond relatives? 
Another easy one: It’s the relationships I have with women (and men) who encourage and inspire me to dream and envision, to serve this community in the ways I can and, most importantly, live my best and most authentic life ever. 
 
Answering questions may be the best exercise of all at this time of the year. Doing so gives me time to reflect and time to resolve: This year was great; next year will be even better. I just know it!
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