Love, Blessings and Downtime

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Well, 2018 is coming to a close. It seems that most people I speak with are eager to say goodbye to the year and looking forward to better things in 2019.

At times, 2018 seemed downright chaotic. At times, it seemed like I would carry the weight of the world on my shoulders to bed at night. At times, I just wanted to run away from it all!

Can you relate?

Truth be told, I need a break and the holidays are the perfect time to do so. It’s the one time of the year where everyone – worldwide! – actually slows down and takes a breath. Business goes on holiday and we get to spend time with family and loved ones.

How will you spend your holiday?

For me, I plan to slow down, reflect, and look at the bigger picture of my life… take stock of my life as a whole and decide what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next.

How did my year go? What do I want for next year? Am I still compelled to travel the globe? Will I really schedule a much-needed vacation in the coming year?

Here are three (3) things I like to keep in mind as I reflect and dream. I share them with you in hopes that they will help keep you focused and moving forward as well.

Look at what IS working in your life… rather than always seeing what is NOT working. Reflecting on what is NOT working is a comfort zone for most, and it simply doesn’t work.

Stop blaming your life on your past circumstances. The past is the past. What happened to you in the past is certainly relevant to who you are today, yet it’s time to get current with TODAY and focus on the FUTURE. Remember… it’s all made up!

Remember your allies! They are all around you. I am blessed and fortunate to have my partner, family, friends and colleagues that love me. I have to remember to lean into them and ask for help. I can’t do it alone. And neither can you.

Wishing you and yours a holiday season filled with love, blessings, and downtime. I would love to hear from you about what you’ll be reflecting and dreaming about for 2018 and beyond!



  • Heather Ragone Reply

    I’m planning to rest during the holidays and my time off from work. We’ve all been bombarded with negative messages and images from the media over the past year. I’m taking a break from the news and from social media. I can live for a week without hearing what’s happening in the government or with Meghan Markle’s dysfunctional family. Rest is the plan. Mental rest, emotional rest, spiritual rest. Once I’ve rested I will reflect on the ways that I’ve grown over the past year and I’ll celebrate all that I’ve learned. I’m also going to work on an appreciative inquiry exercise and imagine it’s December 2019. I’ll look back over the year and imagine what I’ve accomplished and will be celebrating. I’ll smile as I look back over 2019. And then I’ll bring myself back to December 2018 with what I’ve imagined from December 2019 and begin goal setting and goal living. 2019 will be the year of Living on Purpose. Blessings and love to you!

    • Rick Tamlyn Reply

      Hope it served you perfectly and you are restored! Thanks for responding! Happy 2019!


    I joined a MASTERMIND Group three years ago, and it changed my life. I now understand how important SELF-DEVELOPMENT is in all areas of my life. I just entered my seventh decade, and am taking stock of where I am, what is working, and planning for the future. Your comments gave me an AHA moment.. My only agenda has always been ADDING VALUE TO OTHERS. I believe in this mantra- The more you give, the more you get, the more you are blessed. Happy holidays to you, your staff, and your family…

    • Rick Tamlyn Reply

      Love the “adding value to others” purpose statement–with that as you driver, how could u ever fail! Thank you so much for the good work u do. Happy 2019!

  • Susan Ellen Gleeson Reply

    Loved your 3 places to look, Rick!
    Yay for what is working, for our allies, and for focusing on present and future.
    Happy New Year!
    2019 will be a very good year, I believe, for us all!

  • Rick Tamlyn Reply

    Hi dear one. Love hearing from you always. Blessings into 2019 for you and yours! I bet your good work goes on. Thank you for doing it!

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