STC Houston - Dateline Houston - January/February 2006

Vol 45, Issue 3

January/February 2006

STC Houston - Dateline Houston - January/February 2006

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STC Houston - Dateline Houston - January/February 2006

From the Editor

Phoenix Rising

by Nicole Wycislo, Managing Editor, Dateline Houston

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda. Last year was a major downer. New year, same ol' broken resolutions, same ol' mess . . . whatever! Are these your thoughts? Well, I thought and spoke them . . . whining, looking for a little cheese and crackers on the side. Who wouldn't have a negative outlook after reflecting only on the lowlights of the past year? Well, after I got sick of hearing myself (and after my husband telling me to look on the sunny side), I was able to enter the 2005-way-back machine and actually see the year for what it was instead my depressing thoughts about it.

Guess what? What I discovered in the way-back machine is that I grew. Growth is transformation. Like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, a new me emerged from the old me. It happens every year to everyone, regardless of what else happens. I expanded my capacities for change, uncertainty, breakdowns, and adventure. I also learned to have fun along the way, to chuckle at the absurdity of life, and most of all, to laugh at myself . . . to lighten up a bit. Growing is the single thing I can count on doing every year without fail. Knowing that I can't fail is a great way to kick off the New Year and the perfect way to start each day. Have successful year, as it's yours for the claiming.

My best, Nicole

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