Reflecting Back on 2014 and Looking Ahead

The one constant in life is change. As we approach the end of 2014 I can’t help but think about how quickly my kids are growing up and preparing to join the work force. My daughter will graduate in the spring from Indiana Wesleyan University with a nursing degree which is hard for me to fathom. It seems like just yesterday that she was falling into the holes I dug while “helping me” plant flowers in the back yard. My son is a freshman in college, and he too is quickly growing up and taking on more responsibility. Finally, my youngest daughter is now a freshman in high school. All of this change occurring just reminds me that I need to think ahead and plan because time passes by so quickly.

One of the most overused ways of planning is to create New Year’s resolutions. The top ten New Year’s resolutions, according to one publication, are:

  1. Spend more time with family & friends
  2. Fit in fitness
  3. Tame the bulge
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Enjoy life more
  6. Quit drinking
  7. Get out of debt
  8. Learn something new
  9. Help others
  10. Get organized

While this can be an overused and abused method of motivating yourself, I also think it can be an effective means of making changes. I would encourage you to think about ways that you can be healthier in 2015. At BSSF we have established a Fit Club that has various events scheduled in 2015 that can help us in the process. I know there are many other avenues (such as downloadable apps and healthy living books) that can be utilized as you take more control of your own health and well being. Some of the tangible results of setting goals to be healthier and working towards that end are more energy, a positive outlook, feeling fit, and finding more enjoyment in life.

As you reflect on 2014 and what you hope to accomplish in 2015, I want to take the time to wish each one of you and your families a peaceful and harmonious New Year.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kenneth B. Wolfe, CPA

Managing Principal and President

Ken is Managing Principal, President and Shareholder of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz. Ken is a key member of the Firm’s management team and also specializes in the Firm’s construction and real estate industry niche. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.