2014 – The ultimate tug of war!
With 2014 about to become a memory and 2015 still a huge possibility, I wanted to share some thoughts with you about the year that was!
From a work perspective it’s been an amazing year, seeing Lqd - Liquid Skin Care for Men grow from it’s social media and online roots into a major retail brand in one of the worlds largest cosmetic chains - Sephora Australia, taking on international competitors that 12 months ago we only dreamed of challenging. On top of this, Lqd is now used in Spa treatments in Australia’s best Medi-Spa – Aquarius Health & Medispa in Brisbane and one of Australia’s most famous and awarded spa’s Mineral Spa at Peppers in Hepburn Springs, as well as now being sold in Asia by the largest online cosmetics website Luxola.
But 2014 hasn’t been all fun and successes; it’s also been a tough year for a lot of people we know. There has been a lot of turbulence around us, and we’ve found ourselves pulled in all directions. We’ve lost loved ones, we’ve had times we’ve cried our hearts out, we’ve met new people, we’ve had our hearts touched by strangers, and we’ve had new people take us into their lives and hearts.
And the one thing you learn in life is what is most important, and that is the people you surround yourself with. Work, money, status, they might be the things people think about everyday, but when you look back over a year, or many years, you don’t remember how rich you were, or how much work you did or how important or not you might have been, you remember the good times you had with friends, family and loved ones.
So as the year ends, and a new one begins, think about the effect you can have on the people around you. Are you going to be someone who sends out positive energy into the universe or are you going to look for the negative in people?
One of the things I love about the New Year period is the opportunity to speak to strangers – It’s one of the rare times when you can approach someone you don’t know and wish them a Happy New Year and be guaranteed of a polite response.
With so many people now being connected online through social media, apps and websites, it has never been more important to make real life connections with real people. In a time where people have never been more connected online, many people feel even more disconnected from each other in their off line life.
Don’t ever underestimate the impact a smile can have on someone’s day - So if there is nothing else you take into the New Year, except to smile and make eye contact with a stranger, then you’ve just had your first positive impact on 2015.
Wishing you a wonderful 2015 – may it be full of new connections!
Anthony & Chris
Photo Courtesy of Luis Rafael - un-edited proof — with Chris Glebatsas and Anthony McDonough.