Happy 2014!

I hope this New Year brings you happiness, health and new adventures.

Last year, I decided that instead of making resolutions, I would pick one word that would guide me throughout the year.  The one word that spoke to me was EXPLORE.  And, this I did… in both my work and personal life.  I allowed myself time to get away and visit a few places I’ve never been … Orcas Island, Solana Beach, Hoover Dam, the Joshua Tree National Park .  It may sound like a cliché, but these places touched my soul.  There was a different feeling of engagement while exploring these beautiful locations … everything seemed different and interesting.  Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University, sees the benefits of vacationing as part of being mindful.  There might be some aspect of going to a new place that expands our memories in a youthful way and returns us home with more creative ideas.

For 2014, my one word is MINDFULNESS.  It’s the word that I will focus on every day, all year long.  I know that it will take intentionality, but it will provide me the compass that will guide my steps throughout the year.  Psychology Today defines it as; “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

I recently decided to explore and expand my knowledge of executive coaching by enrolling in the Master Coach Program through the Hudson Institute of Coaching.  In our first session, Mindfulness came up as a practice with many benefits.  As I continue on my journey this year, I realize that in my coaching work, I serve as a catalyst for human change … encouraging reflection to create more meaningful lives.  How can I help individuals grow and develop?  I believe it will be through what I myself learn about mindfulness and growth this year.

Join me.  I encourage you to think of one word that could possibly make a difference in your life this year. One word that could transform your approach to work, leadership, or personal pursuits. What will your word be?

Michelle Sosinski
WCL President