Its takes periods of bitter cold to sweeten the fragrance of the plum blossoms.

If your traditional, western New Year's Resolutions have lagged and fallen by the wayside, you now have another chance to renew your dedication to self.

Plum blossoms are a symbol of endurance in some cultures and are considered an auspicious symbol of the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival. The blossoms endure the bitter cold and show strength to burst forth with their fragrance all the sweeter for the struggle, symbolizing that we too can overcome the trials of life.

As we enter this Year of the Dog, know that I wish Peace and Prosperity to you and yours.

And as always, I'm standing by to help you navigate to your goals.