The holidays always seem to bring back memories of times — and loved ones — from our past. As the years go by, we often forget the less happy times and replace them with what we have chosen to hang on to. These memories help us to persist in our need to feel connected and also to navigate through whatever is happening in our lives today.

If you, like me, struggle with how to make the holiday season memorable, remember that it is our connection with others that gives us purpose. In the future, I wish to be remembered more for what I did, instead of what I bought.

There might not be a better example of a human who truly understands this than Adrianne Hillman. Her new venture, Salt + Light Works, modeled after a project in Austin, Texas, hopes to make a significant difference in reducing homelessness in our community. She subscribes to the belief that the greatest cause of homelessness is the “profound, catastrophic loss of family.” To read more about Adrianne’s efforts to create a village centered on community and removing our homeless from the streets, please turn to page 48.

As the Lifestyle and DMI Agency staff takes a few moments to remember what is most important to us, we would like to share our holiday message:

“Our wish this year is that all of us will take time to set aside the toy soldiers and remember the real ones serving here and abroad during the holiday season.

To all of those who sacrifice so that we can live this life in peace, our heartfelt thanks at this time of year for protecting all that we hold dear. May every joy this season brings, with everything this season means, be in abundance to you and yours from here at home to distant shores.”

Karen and staff

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