Hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, although it won’t feel like true fall for quite some time. We just passed the halfway/midpoint/check-in point of the year and it is quite humbling for me. I did not start out this year with lofty goals or with a long list of tasks to accomplish. I’ve been trying to organize my home office for the last 12 months, if that is any indication of my current productivity level. As we were putting the issue together, I noticed that several articles touched on one theme: failure. Yes, failure, but not necessarily in the negative sense. It was about recognizing the failure, owning it, embracing it and ultimately learning from it.

It felt good to know that I am not alone in recognizing some of my failures or “unsuccesses” to make it sound better. In not setting goals for myself, I find that it is easier to avoid failure. Yet at the same time, failure is an opportunity to grow, to shift directions, to try another path. Failure isn’t the be-all end-all to anything. It is simply a time out, like a water break.

As you read through this issue, I hope that you can recognize any failures and turn them into opportunities. I hope that you can take a timeout, give yourself some grace and enjoy some of the wonders we introduce in this issue. Wonders such as new books, new restaurants and coffee shops. I hope that you are inspired to check in with yourself and see where you are and how you can shift to get to where you want to be. I hope this inspires you to LEAD, MOTIVATE, CELEBRATE yourself and those around you.

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