As we approach the new year I always like to take a week or so and put my year back in perspective to what I want to get out of life — both insofar as me in the here and now and where I'm headed/want to head. I find this to be helpful in good years and bad but it sure isn't always an easy thing to do during the bad ones.

To anyone having a bit of a rough spot, I hope you remember that it's always important to be cognizant of where you are and what you're doing right now more often than not; you certainly can't spend all your time dreaming or saying what if or you won't get anywhere. There are those precious few times, however, where it is more important to keep yours eyes on where you want to be instead of where everything else is telling you that you're headed. I always feel like now is one of those times. Keep your heads up, Oppos.