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Year-End Gratitude and Best of of 2019

"The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the Sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection."
- Summer and Winter Solistice Rituals

On the eve of the Winter Solistice, I wish you all a peaceful, restful and rejuvenating end to the year. Looking for more information on the significance of our shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, take a look at this short article.

As I reflect on 2019, I feel much gratitude. At planning sessions for the statewide Common Bonds collective impact initiative in Oklahoma this past week, we all shared two things for which we feel gratitude that happened in 2019. Participants shared overcoming challenges, the importance of friends and families and professional accomplishments. I shared gratitude for my daughter feeling very positive and expanding her horizons these past few months as she started high school. I also shared gratitude for the amazing clients I get to work with and how my work has grown in so many enriching ways this past year- my 4th year of running Connected to Place.

I am so grateful for the clients I have worked with this past year: Kirkpatrick Foundation and the 24 organizations engaged in Common Bonds; Pisces Foundation; San Mateo County Office of Education; YMCA of San Francisco; Menlo Park City School District; Center for Ecoliteracy and ChangeScale. Each of these organizations and collaboratives are making their communities and the world a better place.

I've been inspired by all of you that I am so fortunate to work with and support. As many of you, I also get inspired by books, music and podcasts, so here are my favorites of 2019. I look forward to connecting with you at the start of the new decade that will soon be here! Enjoy the holidays.

In peace,
Matt

Medium Articles by Matt Biggar, PhD in 2019
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