Happy Holidays! And a little inspirational gift for you…

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Happy Holidays!! Wishing you the very best today and every day!

The holidays are my favorite time of the year. Yes, it’s partly because I enjoy the slowing down and reconnecting with the people who are most important to me.

But I also like it because there’s always so much gratitude and excitement during the holidays – it’s a time to reflect on the past year and also look forward to the new year.

Time seems to be passing by faster and faster. You know, it seems like yesterday when 2012 began. Now it’s almost 2013! I was taking a picture for 365 days of JOY yesterday with my good friend Joanne. As I sat down to write a blurb about it, I realized I was on day 355, only 10 days left until the project is completed (I started on Jan 3, 2012). As I scrolled through the pictures, so many memories flooded my mind.

I must admit, sometimes I become so engrossed in my daily activities and the issues that may arise that day, week month that I forget to look at everything else that has transpired over the course of the year. I’m so focused on the microscopic things and forget to take a step back and look at the entire picture. Does this happen to you?

This year hasn’t been the easiest for me. There has been ups and downs. But I’ve felt particularly more vulnerable this year than in previous years and this feeling of vulnerability really hit me these last few weeks. You see, it was my first full year or not having a “corporate” job – no safety net, no security. Often times I wondered if I was going to make it. I wondered if {the JOY depot} would be well received or make an impact on anyone.

I had and still have doubts about what the future may hold. But looking back on those pictures pulled me out of my moments of despair and doubts. I realized it has been an amazing year. Despite all of the unsettling doubts I’ve been feeling lately, I have accomplished a lot and it’s a heck of a lot more than I gave myself credit for a few days ago.

It’s so easy to forget that life is a journey. And that part of the journey is to look back at how far we’ve come.

Something I don’t do enough.


This week…I invite you to take a look back at your journey

Take a moment and look back at your year. And take a hard look at it.

Jot down what you did – what you want to remember.

Give yourself permission to go deep and uncover distant memories from this year.

It could be as simple as, I took a few walks in the park with my mom and remember the smile on her face.

You can draw the images, write them down on this template, or do something else to capture the moments.  Just have fun with it!

Once you’re done, take a step back. Close your eyes. Let the memories stay with you for a few moments. Remember them. Cherish them.

Tell yourself, “Wow, I have accomplished so much and created so many wonderful memories this year. I am so grateful for these experiences.”

Take an inhale and breathe in the memories.

Exhale and breathe out the love and gratitude you feel about your year.

And, share your favorite memory from this year by commenting below! It’s so important to support each other. You make a difference. You never know when you may inspire someone else. So share away!

An inspirational gift:

You inspire me each week! Why? Because of your presence and commitment to create JOY in your life and everyone around you!

So, I created something especially for you…

Jolt of JOY…weekly inspirations for you.

It will be a mixture of quotes and affirmations you can use to kickstart your week. Delivered every Monday starting next week.

But because I couldn’t wait to share this with you, I’m sending you a special Jolt of JOY today.

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I hope this inspires you as you have inspired me. I am truly grateful for you reading this note today and look forward our time together in 2013!

with peace, love, and joy!


About the JOY Coach

Minling Chuang

Minling is the founder of {the JOY depot} and is on a mission to help new entrepreneurs start their dream business. She spent many years working on branding strategies for top brands like Lean Cuisine & Nestle Toll House and launching multimillion dollar products. Now Minling's passion is to help people create profitable businesses they love! She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Venice, CA. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. And if you want to start your own business, book a clarity session with Minling.

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