Feeling a Little Stuck Right Now? If you’re anything like me, you may be feeling a bit nostalgic. We’ve made it through two years of Covid – through masks, hand sanitizers, online shopping, toilet paper shortages, restaurant closures, testing, online schooling and working from home. (Whew!) We’ve endured quarantines, shutdowns, feelings of isolation, and more at-home time than we’ve ever known! Do you stop and think, “What did I accomplish the past few years?” Banish those thoughts! You’ve accomplished SO much! You withstood the challenges of a global pandemic. Moreover, you adapted, you overcame, and you’re right here – ready to shape 2022 into whatever you want it to be. There’s a chance that you’re already going into 2022 thinking, “What else could possibly go wrong this year?” Let’s shift that mindset! Let’s kick off the year with dreams instead of dread. Stay Focused and Stick to It As you jump into spring 2022, think about the story of Hachiko, who spent nearly TEN years full of hope, waiting to be reunited with his dear professor. His time spent at the train station was not always peaceful however. He faced teasing, taunting and what we call “bullying” these days. Even part of his ear got bit off. But that didn’t stop Hachi. No way. Each new day, he returned to faithfully wait for Professor Ueno. Just like Hachi, you can adopt the mindset that every single day is a fresh reset. By staying focused on what you love and commit to, day by day, you’ll be closer to your ultimate goal. Think of it as YOUR year of hope and transformation. Jumpstart Your Life with a Fresh New Page I love the joy of buying a new planner for the year. It’s definitely a “The world is my oyster” moment for me. A fresh calendar year opens up 365 days of unlimited possibility. You get 12 fresh months, 52 weeks to create whatever you set your mind to. By sending in a new magazine’s customer survey, I won 2 first-class plane tickets, plus hotel, to Japan. And it was the first time I entered a sweepstakes! The main thing is to TRY. What’s more, if events aren’t going your way, you can always alter your focus, tweak your goal or simply start anew tomorrow, next week, or even right now! After, you can simply check it off your action list as “done.” Next! That’s progress. My “Crazy” Hachi Mission An example: one morning, a crazy idea pops into your head. Lately, you’ve been thinking back on your best (canine) friend. You admired his calm demeanor, his poise even. Your life was crammed full of endless activity. Chatter. Yet, nothing seems to faze him. Instead, a calm energy emanated from your furry companion. As you moved around the house, he followed but never intruded. You were overwhelmed by his unconditional love. His loyalty. And that’s exactly the moment I decided to make the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. I wanted others to share in the profound and emotional serenity I had with my Hachi. I wanted to help all the animals in need, chained up, without food, wandering the streets, in abusive and life-threatening situations. Because they deserve better. Animals have the purest of souls. And because they don’t have a voice, I was going to speak for them. And that became my mission. Today, on Amazon, over 15,000 viewers share how Hachi: A Dog’s Tale affects their lives. Your Guide for Living the Hachi Life Life is too short for years of monotone gray days. Too short for wishy-washy ideas. Too short for a life without exhilarating purpose. It’s time to have fun, infuse your life with personality and dazzle your days (and nights) with sparkle. Start by taking that first step. That’s how my adventure with Hachi began. And now I’ve created an easy way to jump-start your journey. Increase your confidence, silence your critics and conquer fear with my free “Be Hachi. Be Happy.” ebook guide. Easy yet powerful bite-size tips to boost productivity and joy and eliminate overwhelm. Tick, tick, tick…what are you waiting for? Another year to pass you by? Jumpstart your journey right now!