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12 Best Insights of the Year to Get You Thinking

As the year comes to a close, we reflect and future-think. When we’re exposed to others’ insights, it can spark our own ideas. The conversations we have on the blog are one of my greatest joys and insight generators. We’ve talked about change, clutter, letting go, time management, life balance and more.

I’m grateful for and inspired by the thoughtful words and generous sharing of this community. Thank you to my top engagers – Janet Barclay, Jill Robson, Seana Turner, Nacho Eguiarte, Diane Quintana, Ellen Delap, Sue West, Sheila Delson, Cameron Gott, Leslie Josel, Andrea Sharb and Susan Lasky. I’ve curated twelve of my favorite quotes from the comments you’ve written this year, selecting one from each month and topic. I’m thankful for everyone that adds to our conversations. I’m deeply grateful for the regular supporters and contributors. You bring hope, light, curiosity, and learning to our days.


Enjoy the year in review, one quote and insight at a time. . .


Fresh Start

“It’s always good to have a reset button. That way we don’t get bogged down in self-doubt. Reminding ourselves it is all right to start again, gives more scope for discovery.”

Jill Robson on Pressing the Restart Button



“Small changes are key to lasting change. I have found that when someone tries to make a sweeping huge change it backfires, but when they set a goal and take small incremental steps toward the stated goal they are successful.”

Diane Quintana on How to Embrace Small Changes?


Next Steps

“Making tasks smaller and more manageable makes tasks do-able. I think we all get overwhelmed at some time, but it’s in chunking things down to baby steps that anything can be accomplished.”

Ellen Delap on How to Make Next Smaller and Actually Feel Wonderful 



Letting Go

“I’m a year or so into my process of letting go of stuff and commitments…what I’m noticing is how letting go is becoming part of who I am and how these days I seem to almost crave releasing. I’m also noticing that the more I let go of, the more I become aware of what can be released. What I’m noticing most is that with each item released I experience greater freedom.”

Andrea Sharb on What Inspires You to Let Go of Your Clutter?



“Some people have so much mind clutter that they can’t appreciate the value of a spontaneous, spacious morning. ‘Too much to do,” they say. Acknowledging mind clutter is the first step to doing something about it, but unlike a room of clutter, stepping away from the clutter in the mind can whisk much of it away. Mindfulness or the act of just being present doing something you love is a powerful antidote to ‘too much on the brain.'"

Cameron Gott on Unique Ways to Manage Mind Clutter


Time Management

“One thing that struck me is the opposite of the white space; how you take the time and energy to commit to where and how you will spend your schedule time (planning) – the intentional ‘yeses.’ White space (free time) is even more meaningful when there is clarity and purpose to the surrounding time blocks.”

Susan Lasky on What Happens When Your Time is Crammed and Overscheduled?



“I think it is hugely important to ‘schedule the unscheduled!’ I think it is important to understand your rhythms though. Where and how do you really relax? Can you unwind at home or is the pull of day-to-day life too much? Do you need one long get away to recharge or are mini vacations or even a day at the beach enough? Do you need to sit still or do you need to explore a new city from sun up to sun down?”

Leslie Josel on How Motivated Are You to Slow Down?



Enlisting Help

“Realizing that it’s okay to ask for help, whether it be delegating a difficult or time-consuming task to someone else, asking for advice, or seeking answers online, goes a long way towards reducing overwhelm in my life.”

Janet Barclay on Shift Perspective By Asking, "What help do I need?"




“I am a ‘doodler’ of sorts, and always have been. Sadly often criticized for doing so because it ‘looks’ like I’m daydreaming instead of listening! However, I too find that the activity of doodling (and sometimes note-taking) indeed helps to ‘anchor’ my learning potential.”

Sheila Delson on Easy Success Tips to Boost Your Creativity and Learning



“Values play a key role in significant relationships, financials, free time uses, whom I choose for friends, our reactions and responses. We are so much happier when we know that we are (a) aware of what we do value and (b) can see the values in our daily lives and (c) we know we are not compromising our values.”

Sue West on How Authentic Decisions Lead to Growth and Possibilities


Wonderfully Human

“Beauty of life is recognizing that absence of sad moments, the happy ones could become just dull. A bad moment is hard to go through, but once it’s over, and happiness arises, the good moment tastes sweeter. My way to approach transitions is understanding that everything changes in life, and sometimes the changes are rough and leave scars.”

Nacho Eguiarte on How to Unlock Gigantic Gifts in What Makes You Sad


Life Balance

“Balance, inherently, is something you need to keep adjusting to achieve. Just watch someone on a tightrope…they have to keep moving to keep the balance. So it isn’t a ‘one time’ goal, but rather a journey. At some moments, I may feel like I am falling, but a little shift in position, and I recover. I guess mostly it is being alert and intentional while focusing far down the road.”

Seana Turner on How to Set the Stage for Better Life Balance


What resonates with you? Which idea will be helpful for 2016? Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (18)

These are wonderful responses to reread. Each one is a terrific reflection of the topic or question you posed. Thank you so much for putting these in one place. I have printed them as I would like to have them handy to reference. Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- Thank you for joining us again, as one of the top contributors and engagers of this community and blog. Your thoughts about change are so right on. Think small steps for lasting change. I'm happy to know that you've found value in the passages shared (enough to print them and save.) Nice :) Wishing you happy holidays too!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great way to reshare comments after the post went live. Thanks for sharing. I agree with Janet B. That asking for help is important.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

Wow, rereading these words is a marvelous gift for the holidays, so much wisdom, so much knowledge and so much caring. Sharing is huge in life and also gratitude. Thank you Linda for letting me be part of such a wonderful journey this year and I hope next will be even better for all of us.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I am #honored and #grateful for being a part of your year! It is all about learning from colleagues, clients, family and friends that makes me think more and be my best.

Wishing you and your readers an amazing 2016!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Wow - all great idea. Simple, easy to try. Even Nacho's comment about being "wonderfully human" - it's a mind set, it's how we perceive we are walking through the world. Sue West's comments remind me of the mantra I developed many years ago: conceive, believe, achieve.

I appreciate your blog so much, Linda... here to a beautiful conclusion to 2015, and continued inspiration for 2016. xo

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRegina Lark

Wonderful to "hear" all your amazing voices! I am grateful for your presence and words.

@Sabrina- Just the other day Janet Barclay wrote a "cue" in her blogging group about year end posts. That got me thinking about ways to honor and thank some of the individuals that have contributed so much this year to this community. . . And I agree with you about Janet's thoughts on asking for help. It can be challenging to do, but essential.

@Nacho- How lovely that you consider these quotes a gift. Thank you for that…and for being one of the regular supporters, visitors and inspiration-generators.Thrilled to have you with us on this journey.

@Ellen- You are so right…there's so much learning to be shared from all those around us. I'm grateful for your ongoing presence and support. Looking forward to an amazing 2016 with more great conversations!

@Regina- Oh! How I LOVE your mantra…"conceive, believe, achieve." It's beautiful and powerful, just like you. Words are powerful. And conversations shared are wonderful ways to learn, grow and clarify our thoughts. As you mentioned, there are some great and "simple" ideas here to test out. Hoping that each person finds one nugget at least that speaks to them and helps them move forward in 2016.

December 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I could marinate in these quotes all year long! What a terrific collection of wise, poignant observations. It is a privilege to be a part of this post and this community. Many thanks you to YOU, Linda, for inviting us into thought provoking and powerful conversations all year! I wish everyone a blessed and balanced 2016!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Linda, I'm pleased that you found such a unique spin on my suggestion about year-end posts, and flattered that you included one of my quotes. I love having you in my online network and look forward to sharing many more ideas with one another in the new year.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

These quotes are all, meaningful, and the comments so on target. Linda, as always you are a master at growing a community of positivity.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Lasky

As a Wanna-Be blogger, you all provide me the highest quality inspiration.
Thank you for leading the way.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Lush

What a great idea for a post! And such a gift to us all this hectic and stressful time of year. I've already been sharing it!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

Kudos to you Linda for continuing to inspire, challenge and enlighten us all. What a wonderful wrap up to 2015. We are so lucky to have you lead this amazing community of thought leaders. Honored to be part of it all. xo

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleslie josel

I am grateful to be part of this group, and without you Linda we would not have the motivation or the thoughts to give our perspectives. I agree with Janet, we all need to learn to delegate, and like Shelia, I am also a "doodler", it helps me focus. A great list Linda.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Merry Christmas to me! Thank you for having me as part of this particular series.

You show us a lot, Linda, as you work to create, collaborate, and connect with all of us. A wonderful model of community building.

Oh, and thank you, Leslie, for the "thought leader" title for all of us!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

It's a party! Wow, folks. So very happy to be in the room with you. Thank you all for your engagement, sharing and presence.

@Seana- Great term you used…"marinate." Many pondering possibilities, thanks to all of you.

@Janet- You were my muse on this one. Thank you, thank you.

@Susan- What a lovely endorsement... "master of growing a community of positivity." Thank you. :)

@Alison- Come join the bloggesphere any time you're ready. We'll be here to support you.

@Sarah- So happy you found the post "gift" worthy. Thank you for sharing.

@Leslie- Love being inspired by all you "thought leaders." The best!!!

@Jill-Happy to provide a venue for everyone to share their ideas. Always amazed by the interesting turns they take.

@Sue- Making me smile on multiple fronts.

December 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, thank you for this posting.. I agree with Nacho that rereading these words is a marvelous gift for the holiday season. I just shared with Mike what I wrote so many months ago when we were considering downsizing our home and I was already in the process of downsizing my commitments. We laughed tonight as I read it because at that time we were considering a down size from 3700 sq ft and a 1500 sq ft basement to about 3000 square feet with no basement. It seemed doable. Well, after 18 months of looking for a home in a certain area of the city, we found a mid century split level this fall that checked all of the boxes except for size. Instead of passing on it, we opted to let go of a lot more than we had planned so we can squeeze into this 2000 square foot home. It started out a very challenging process, but as time passed we found ways to make letting go more fun, like playing favorites with our belongings, creating humorous eBay listings in selling belongings and matching special people with special items we're releasing. Your posting today was a pleasant reminder of how far we've come. Hugs to you and blessings for a joyous holiday season for you and your family.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

@Andrea- What a beautiful follow-up to the letting go comments you shared back in April. You've traveled miles since you wrote that! Congratulations. I often describe letting go as a muscle that needs exercising. The more we "exercise" it, the stronger we get and the easier it becomes to make decisions. As you know, letting go involves many decisions…some that are more challenging than others. How wonderful that you used your creativity and letting go tools for yours and Mike's letting go journey. I'm excited for you that you found the perfectly-sized house with all the "requirements" including housing the belongings that are most meaningful and useful. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best as you shift into the new year.

December 23, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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