The start of a new calendar year is a time to reflect on the past year. And the start of a new lunar year always makes me think about how to be open to possibility. The start of a new moon cycle nudges me to consider what needs to be wrapped up from the last cycle, and then I outline my intentions, especially in the realm of art and work-life balance, for the new one. This is also the time of year where some workplaces have discussions about planning for professional development opportunities.

This year I have committed to building my physical strength with the same way that I have held my commitments building my spiritual strength and self-trust. The themes of strength and exploring possibility are strong and clear to me this year and resonate in both my personal life and professional one. I am taking advantage of more opportunities to reconnect in person too.

Sometimes we plan ahead, and things – opportunities or challenges – emerge sooner than we anticipate and the time we have to prepare is cut short. Other times we prepare, calibrate our actions to meet foreseen needs and prepare some more – an iterative process – before the moment when a window of opportunity might open, and we act. And because we prepared, we are ready. In both scenarios, some improvisation may be required. My strengths need to be complemented by the strengths of my collaborators. This combination leads to lasting results in which we all benefit from the outcomes. We build more trust in ourselves and in one another too. When things don’t go as we planned, and inevitably, this happens, our self-trust and curiosity bring us back to learning from the experience and opening ourselves to possibility again.

I wish you a year full of possibilities, and that you make the most of them.

Artwork by Leela Viswanathan