It's hard to believe another year has passed. In just a few days, we'll be celebrating the New Year and welcoming in 2014. I'm a big believer in taking a step back and reflecting on things both personally and professionally, and the start of a new year is a perfect time to do that.
For me, 2013 was an interesting year. It was full of things I am extremely thankful for and also had some challenges that helped give me new perspective on certain areas of my life.
In 2013, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to share my opinions, thoughts and ideas with the loyal readers of the New Hampshire Sunday News every week. This coming July will mark seven years since my first column was published in the Sunday News. Since then, with the exception of a few technical glitches and a week I took off, I haven't missed a week. And for that, I am extremely thankful. It's something I deeply enjoy doing every week and the thoughts, comments and feedback from the readers really keep me going.
As it relates to my column, 2013 was certainly a very interesting year. My column titled "Why I Quit Facebook" unexpectedly went viral. Last I heard there were over 600,000 views of that column online, and I received more feedback from readers than any other column I have published. It created a whirlwind of debate and certainly caused a lot of passionate opinions to flare. It was a great feeling to know that a few hundred words spawned a lot of people to passionately discuss and debate a topic.
Another column that I received a lot of feedback on was published on Jan. 6 and titled "Stay in Touch With Your Passions." This column focused on me losing touch with the things I enjoy doing most in life. I shared how my wife helped me to get back to doing the things I enjoy for myself and making time to pursue my dreams and passions.
While I learned a lot from that experience, unfortunately I still continue to do a poor job in this area of my life. I continue to use the "too busy" excuse and let time slip away without doing what I love to do outside of work. As I reflect on 2013, I am going to add this to my list of focus areas for 2014. My goal is to make a change in this area of my life in 2014.
Lastly, another area of my life that I am extremely thankful for is my family. And if you have a family, I'm sure you feel the same. With that being said, one area to reflect on is the quality of time you spend with your family. We're all busy, and we all have a lot of responsibilities. As you reflect back on 2013, ask yourself if the time you spent with your family could have been improved. What else could you have done to improve the quality of the time you spend with your children? It's worth spending a good amount of time on this topic.
As we turn the page on another year and head into 2014, thank you for another amazing year. Your loyal reading of my column, continued feedback and support is very much appreciated and valued. Happy New Year and cheers to health, happiness and success in 2014!
Christopher Thompson (email@example.com) writes Closing the Deal weekly for the Sunday News.