Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Dec 24, 2013

Whether you are reading this on Christmas Day or after, I hope you are where you want to be — physically, mentally, spiritually and professionally.

I hope you can pause right now and be content with where you are in your life. But not to worry if you aren’t because a new year means another chance to get it right.

That always gives me an optimistic feeling and something to look forward to instead of giving into my urge to think about things I didn’t accomplish in the past year.

Sure there were some missed opportunities and some “what ifs” but it is in the past now and we must look to the future. Let us not dwell on what went wrong or who may have caused us pain this year but put that energy toward making 2014 better.

Even though 2013 has been an arduous year in some respects (moving and starting a new job are the most stressful events in a person’s life and I did them both at the same time), I feel good about my progress. I mean, if you aren’t moving, you’re standing still and that is now way to live life!

I’m not so much into New Year’s resolutions that I know I can’t keep, but I do like setting realistic goals for the year — like taking better care of myself. For example, I need to finally pick a health care plan, make myself go to the dentist, pay off my credit card, eat better, go to the gym, not take my anger out on others, stop procrastinating and better nurture the most important relationships in my life.

Even with all these things I’ve fallen short of this year, I’m still able to find happiness with where I am. I love this beautiful place I live, I love my job and work family, I love my new house, I love my family and I love my doggies. I also try to remember that my mistakes often make the best stories and teach me more about myself than the accomplishments.

It really has been an exciting year and I appreciate everyone in Haywood County who has welcomed me with open arms. I’ve met so many incredible people in 2013 and you’ve all made me feel like a part of this community in a short time. I hope I can continue to improve The Guide coverage in 2014 and if you have any ideas for The Guide, please don’t hesitate to contact me about them. We want to write about the things you want to read about!

While Christmas is a time to enjoy with family, New Year’s Eve is a time to spend with your friends! I hope you can find something on this week’s Guide to do whether it’s enjoying a party at Laurel Ridge Country Club or throwing your own party at home. We have a list of all the parties we know in of in the area as well as tips for throwing your own party.

Let loose and have a blast without worrying about the diet you plan to start on Jan. 2 (You can’t start Jan. 1 because you must eat collard greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread). Just remember that if you are drinking, have a designated driver or stay where you are for the night. It’s just not worth the risk.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope 2014 brings you all the happiness, wealth and luck in the world. Thanks for rolling along with me and I look forward to seeing you all next year!

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