Keep Swimming!

It’s almost over! 2016 has gone crazy fast.

I was reflecting on this past year and everything that has happened. Everyone I know has faced challenges in 2016. Some were more serious than others, but it’s all relative. When we are in the thick of things, our perspective is the only one that counts.

I was talking with my best friend, Vicki Kahler. She is my business partner with Women’s Edition in Denver. We were looking back over the past year, and she said, “I can’t wait for this year to be over!” I must say, I agree with her. 2016 has been an intense year for me, as well. The good news? We both survived!

I have a dear friend who is no longer here who taught me an important mantra. I would call and talk to him when things got out of control. His words? “When life gets you down, do you know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.” Yes, it’s from the movie “Finding Nemo,” and it is great advice.

Sometimes, “swimming” is all we can do…or should do. Trying to push through, move ahead, or pound it out can do us more harm than good. If we take action before our energy is lined up, it can backfire on us.

In my younger years, I used to push through all of the time. When I was 30 years old and started Women’s Edition with my late husband, Jim, we would work and push through…seven days a week, 18 hours a day. We did this for two years. Then it hit me—if we keep up this pace, we will pretty quickly crash and burn. So we backed it off and made it a point to take at least one day a week to recover. The most amazing thing? Once we made that decision, we were working fewer hours but getting more accomplished.

Funny thing happened when I bought Bricks & Mortar Bar and Bistro three and a half years ago. I repeated my mistake. Yup. I forgot the lesson. For 14 months, my General Manager Manny Chavez and I worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week. At the beginning of 2016, I had a revelation and made a decision to take Sundays off. I have held to that resolution 95 percent of the time. It has helped maintain my sanity.

Still, I will be happy to ring in 2017 in just a few short weeks.

Happy holidays to you all. We will see you next year!


Janet Van deWalle,
National Publisher

11570 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68154

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