While I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, I do have a simple tradition that I do every year around this time. I begin looking for new sources for inspiration to re-energize me for the new year. Usually what I find are ideas that “stick” far better than resolutions.

Two blog posts jumped out at me that fit the type of boost I look for, like new ideas or new thinking about everyday activities related to life, love, work, whatever.

The first is 5 Industries I Want To Work With In The Happy New Year Of 2008!. Miriam writes:

This morning, I found myself wondering who my husband and I would be meeting in this new year on a professional basis. Who will pick up that phone and call us and bring us into the world of their business, giving us the honor of being included in their efforts? I love getting to know new clients. I love learning about what work means to them. It’s exciting to think about all the new industries we’ll get a chance to learn about in 2008.

She lured me into her post with these statements because I feel the same away about my clients and their web sites. While I’m in a position of sometimes delivering bad news or a list of suggestions for improvements to their much beloved projects, I’m rarely ever detached. I know how much a client’s web site means to them and some folks are lots of fun to work with. I want them to be successful online.

Miriam goes into a list of industries her company wants to support. She writes thoughtfully and clearly. A true pleasure to read.

The next example comes from Blogher’s Virginia DeBolt, in another well written delivery called Do Your Neural Pathways Need a Shakeup? She begins with a reference to the movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know?”, (I read the book.) and expands on the idea that “Finding a new perspective or a new way of thinking once you’ve settled into your well-traveled and familar neural pathways is a challenge.”

Her posts presents a few books, articles and feedback on them, with quotes that serve to help energize and push past the cornflakes in my head at the end of the year. She writes,

If your current way of thinking keeps leading you to the same place again and again, perhaps you can change your life (and keep those New Year’s resolutions) by learning something about how to shake up your neural pathways with some innovative new perspectives on the issues affecting your life.

As I write this, I’m watching the first hockey game ever to be played in a football stadium in the USA. It’s Pittsburg Penquins vs Buffalo Sabers. Someone thought outside the box and decided to transform an outdoor football stadium into a hockey stadium with ice. There’s snow falling and it’s below freezing outside but they say something like 73,000 fans are in the stands watching.

Crazy. But a lot of people are loving it.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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