Each month of the calendar year has a symbolic meaning. Our inspirational message of the month reflects on this meaning to inspire you to be the best you can be. By reading this message each month, we hope you will reflect on it and that it will empower you to achieve your goals.
January signifies endings and new beginnings. As we get ready to start a new year, we reflect on what has transpired over the past 12 months in both our business and personal lives. Learning from our past trials and tribulations allows us to assess what works and what doesn’t and create realistic goals for the upcoming year. As we all know, resolutions are often broken before the end of the month, but goals are something you envision and commit to achieve over time.
While we all think of February as the month of “love” because of Valentine’s Day, it actually has a quite different symbolic meaning. In ancient Rome, Februarius was the "Month of Purification" and great festivities were held to focus on righteous living. Let the month of February be a time for you to reflect on your work ethics and how you conduct your business. Having integrity, morals and “doing the honorable thing” is just as important in business as it is in your personal life.
April is named after the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, symbolizing her beauty and spirit. As we focus on women of empowerment and excellence, and feature many of their photos and profiles, it is important to remember that beauty is not just physical, but is also comes from within. While a professional appearance is important, representing yourself and your business practices with honesty and integrity is what your potential clients will be drawn to.
May is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility. As we know, fertility is related to growth. This is a great time to create a plan on how to grow and expand your business or career. Having a realistic set of step by step goals will enable you to move ahead at a steady, manageable pace.
July’s birthstone is the Ruby which symbolizes contentment. Quite often, we look to fix things that are not broken or change things that are fine as they are. Let July be the month that you relax and allow things to flow naturally. Being content brings about its own positive vibe and may lead to bigger and better things that you never knew could happen.
As the fun of summer ends and autumn begins, we get back into our daily work mode and begin to create new goals or rework old ones. There is no better time than September to start collaborating with new people and begin networking to get the gears in motion and your career on the fast track.
The word October is the Old English name for Winterfylleth referring to the winter full moon. As we know, once October arrives, winter is just around the corner. October’s birthstone is the Opal which signifies faithfulness and confidence. It is important when trying to collaborate, network and gain new clients that you portray confidence in yourself and your business practices. Being confident as well as honest will help maintain a lasting relationship with your new clients and help them remain loyal to you.
November is derived from the Latin word “novem” or nine. It originally was the ninth until January and February were added to the calendar. The birthstone for November is the Yellow Topaz which symbolizes friendship. Some may suggest not mixing business with pleasure. However meeting new people with the same goals, hobbies and interests through your business networking, may lead to great friendships both in and out of the office.
December is the final month of the year, and the time to relax and enjoy the fruit of your labor. December’s birthstone is the Turquoise which signifies good fortune and success. You have worked hard all year and now is the time to appreciate your work and be proud of your accomplishments. Knowing what you are capable of achieving will inspire you to continue to strive toward new goals and reach the success you deserve in the New Year.