Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.

– Tony Robbins

Where do I even begin?

In 2014:

  • I worked alongside new and old friends in a physiotherapy clinic, meeting and helping people
  • I went crazy over the Sochi Winter Olympics!
  • I got my hunting and firearms license and went Turkey Hunting
  • I worked for a start up strength and conditioning company, launching an eBook
  • I experienced the shenanigans of my first bachelor party!
  • I finished my 1 Second Everyday video
  • I met Dan John
  • Relationships were broken, mended, reinforced, and strengthened tenfold
  • I planned and executed my Toronto Food Marathon, 24 Restaurants in 24 Hours (we only got to 12 in 6…)
  • I went fishing for the first time in over 6 years and caught my first largemouth bass
  • I read countless books on business, marketing, philosophy, media, psychology, food, management, physical training, and The Fault In Our Stars…
  • One of my best friends got married to a wonderful lady; and I was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing wedding party at an incredible wedding
  • I finally got a smartphone…
  • I learned and took action on the ins-and-outs of financial planning
  • I started a brand new blog, and closed an old one
  • I pivoted my life from Kinesiology into Business and Entrepreneurship
  • I learned the fundamentals of a perfect pitch
  • I applied to a Masters program
  • My Mom is cancer free!
  • I took chances, I made mistakes, I got messy
  • I accomplished goals, I underachieved on some, and so much more…

Where do I go from here?

As in life, we rarely learn how far our kindnesses (or unkindnesses) extend… I chose to let others be kind, and leave the rest to fate.

Lee Mingwei, The Moving Garden

The future is foggy enough as it is, but I understand that the best I can do is try to shape it with the little actions I take on a daily basis to get me to my goals. In health, fitness, business, relationships, and spiritual well-being.

2014 was a bit self-indulgent. Only in the past few months have I fully understood the value of giving, and the value of gratitude. Inspirations embedded by the seeds of The Giving Tree and so many people that have touched me along the way.

This is my one and only resolution for 2015.

To give more.

To pay back and pay it forwards ten times over.

My family, friends, strangers, mentors, and fleeting relationships. I want to give back to those who have inspired me, helped me, and changed me. I want to give to those I haven’t met yet. I want to give to others, not just financially, not just gifts, but to give more patience, more time, more help and support, comfort, happiness, freedom, understanding, love, sympathy, laughter, chances, and so much more.

There is so much abundance in our lives that I’ve realized there is a part of my own that I want to give to everyone that I meet. I want to be able to share it with you. All of it. In a meaningful way.

Some people believe in karma. Some believe in blessings, fate, or luck. Whatever it is, I want to orient myself in the same direction the river flows and bring myself to radiate its energy back. No more push, no more pull.

Now, I don’t want to seem esoteric or overly weird, but there’s a piece of me that has always had a knack for harmony and empathy. I felt like I was beginning to lose sight of that part of me and I want to get it back, hold on to it, and grow it.

The only way I know how is to take action and give. To give unconditionally.

That is my resolution. And if we ever meet in person, or if you know me personally, I hope that you can give a little more in your life as well.

And maybe our little daily actions of gratitude can be the butterfly that flaps it’s wings to create something beautiful.

I wish you the best of luck, the best wishes in health, life, and love.

Here’s to a great year! It’s gonna be huge!

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— Benny

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