By Toni Harris Taylor, Marketing Coach, and Speaker

Ready or not, here it comes! 2018 is upon us and most of us are thinking, 2017 is over already? When you look back on 2017, did you meet your goals? Did you make the money you wanted to make? Or did you have setbacks and obstacles that got in the way? No matter your answer, you can take what you learned from 2017 and adjust for 2018. Here are three steps to help keep you on track for 2018 and take your life and business to the next level.

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By WIFS Member

Don’t you just love when one of your favorite movies comes on TV ... a movie that you haven’t seen in a while, but always makes you smile when you watch it? Well, that is how I feel about the movie “Shawshank Redemption”. I absolutely love this movie. Aside from the fact that Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors, there are so many lessons this movie has to offer. One example is when Andy (Tim Robbins) says to Red (Morgan Freeman), “I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.” When I look back at 2017, that statement really wraps up some of what I have learned. As this year winds to a close, I fully understand that I have a choice. I can get busy living or get busy dying — it is totally up to me. In that spirit, as I start to think about the lessons I have learned for the year, I hope you will find these “living” lessons are as powerful to you as they have been to me.

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By Sheryl Brown, Director of Social Media Development

I’m finally ready to talk about something very personal. Something which affected my home even though I work in financial services.

On Friday, May 5, 2017, my mother-in-law, Mary Madjlessi, died at 2:45am in a state-aided nursing home. She died in a bed just 10 feet from another resident. There was no privacy when we grieved; there was a sheet hanging from the ceiling. When she died it was all very business-like: Collect her things and move her out; there was another person waiting for her bed, and they needed it that day.

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