Our company email that went out on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year’s was a brief summary of some of our key accomplishments for 2015 and a preview of what we have planned for 2016.
Here’s what that email said:
As 2015 draws to a close, we want to thank you for being part of the Create! Teach! Inspire! community.
It’s been an exciting year for us. Among the highlights:
We launched Faith Works Images for Impact, a unique, affordable stock photography product designed to put you in control of the images you use on your website, blog, social media and elsewhere. We currently offer five different Images for Impact collections and have more in production.
Then we launched Conversations, a series of affordable ebooks based on in-depth conversations with leading subject matter experts. We’ve published five titles in the series so far and have some great experts and interesting topics lined up for next year.
Throughout the year, we shared information on our blogs. Click here to see our favorites.
We were honored when A Book of Proverbs: Wisdom of the Ages from Around the World made Leslie Halpern’s list of Five Favorite Books of 2015 and Words to Work By: 31 devotions for the workplace based on the Book of Proverbs was named one of the 2015 Top Ten Reads by a MyShelf.com book reviewer.
And now we’re looking forward to 2016. Expect to see another new product launch during the first quarter (we’re working out some technical issues before we announce it) and the publication of the follow-up to Finding Joy in the Morning: You Can Make It Through the Night. And more.
So … please accept our best wishes for a safe and happy New Year’s celebration. When the party is over, join us as we hit the ground running in 2016.
We did plenty of other work that wasn’t mentioned in that email, such as ghostwriting and production work for clients and the writing, photography and videography work we donate to a select group of nonprofits.
Until I wrote that email, I had spent more time than I should have thinking about what I didn’t get done in 2015 and mentally beating myself up about it.
Attitude about face!
I’ve decided to focus on what I’ve accomplished, not what I didn’t. And remember that the change from one year to the next is simply an arbitrary date on the calendar.
Every year has its challenges and rewards, its highs and lows. What I didn’t get around to in 2015 can be done in 2016.
This has been a great year for me personally; for Jerry, me and our family; for our company; and—we hope—for you. And we know 2016 is going to be even better.