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New year: resolutions, advice, and relationships

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."- Leonard Cohen

Relationships are complicated. Relationships were complicated in 2015, and they are bound to be so in 2016. The new year is a turn of a calendar page; it is a time to consider how to better our relationships—with customers, with friends, with family, and with colleagues.

The writers of Relate compiled their new year resolutions—the words that will be scrawled in notebooks, tacked onto walls, and repeated often in 2016. We'd love to hear your advice for the new year.

Read more often.

Simplify and make space—both literally in my living space and for new ideas, experience, and relationships.

Be a conscientious customer; earn my experiences.

"Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles." - Tina Fey

Be more intentional with my time, people, and words.

Stop relying on Facebook to tell me everybody's birthday.

"I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with." - Sonia Sotomayor

Take every adventure that comes my way.

Create space for transformation.

Play more golf.

Tune out the noise at least once per day.

Distance the people who do not inspire my best self and bring closer those that do.

Go back to an honest-to-goodness planner.

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

The writers of Relate wish you a safe and joyous entrance into 2016. You can find us at: @monicalnorton @stealeyreed @elisesuz @chelsealarsson @daynasteele @LeslieO