Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018! - New York Times Bestselling Author, J. Sterling

Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018!

New Years has always made me happy. It's one of my favorite times of year. No matter what else is going on in my life, I always look forward to the hope and the joy that New Years Eve brings. There's something utterly magical about a New Years Eve night.... a time when dreams come out to play and all our hopes and wishes for the next year are conceived.

Each year I pick a theme that I center all my goals around. This year will be no different. I know exactly what I want. And my wish for you is that you'll be happy; truly, genuinely, purely happy. That you'll find what brings you joy and you'll get the opportunity to do it. And if you're already living that life, that you'll continue doing what makes you smile and fills you up inside. I believe that everything happens for a reason, no matter how much it hurts, or how badly it sucks at the time. It's usually the most painful events that give us the most soul growth. I hope that you'll choose to grow and that you'll remember that the hard times won't last forever. I pray that you'll be better off than you were before.

When Oprah left her daytime talk show, she ended it with a magnificent speech. Parts of that speech touched my heart so deeply back then - and when I found the words again - I realized how deeply they still resonated within me. So I wanted to share them with you. I hope her words light a spark that lead to a fire in your soul and in your heart.  

"What I knew for sure from this experience is that we are all called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. 

Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job, and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing. We saw it in the volunteers who rocked abandoned babies in Atlanta. We saw it with those lovely pie ladies from Cape Cod making those delicious potpies. ... We saw it every time Tina Turner, Celine, Bocelli or Lady Gaga lit up the stage with their passion. 

Because that is what a calling is. 

It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you're supposed to be, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. 

And that is what I want for all of you.

To live from the heart of yourself. 

You have to make a living; I understand that. 

But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."

I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for being a part of my life. I can't wait for 2018!

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