“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” – Michelle Obama
I have turned to Michelle Obama for inspiration this month because she’s been on my mind as the year 2018 draws to a close. She’s never been a person to shy away from a challenge, and she has always worked hard to encourage others to step outside their comfort zones and try things they never thought possible.
Speaking of things we never thought possible, as you can see by our cover this month, we were lucky to bump in to Santa Claus at Hacienda Yaxcopoil, one of our favorite places, and now one of his too! You may recall that we also crossed his path last year at this time, on the beach in Progreso. Apparently, he likes Yucatán very much!
There are a lot of good reads in this edition, but I’d like to specifically mention two which touch on the themes of personal challenges: on page 5, Natalie M. Baur tells us about challenging herself to take photographs with a 60-year-old analog Rolleicord TLR camera. I have an identical camera in my house, which belonged to my parents in the 1950s! I have never tried to use it, but I now feel inspired to do so.
And on page 9, Andrea Medina shares some wisdom about the 2012 “end of the world” scare that was attributed to the Maya…and she completely debunks the myth. She has words of wisdom that are remarkably similar to Michelle Obama’s: she asks us to “reflect about the end of a cycle and prepare to start a new one in the best possible way: taking care of ourselves and the world we live in.”
As you approach the end of 2018, if you are thinking about new year’s resolutions, I hope you, too, will be inspired by these wise women: make some promises to yourself that will fulfill you and make you a better person.
By Juanita Stein
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