Gratitude for the Now and Cheers to the New Year

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Today, have you expressed gratitude for the now? Have you told your friends, family, colleagues or coworkers that you are grateful to them for the joy and happiness they bring?

Gratitude and appreciation are simple things. Yet, if we cannot exist in the now, future plans mean nothing.

If you do not have enough now–assuming your basic needs are met for food, shelter, and security–if today is not enough, then what will be different in the future?


Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie


As you wrap up this year and look to begin the next with a clean slate, ask yourself these questions.

  • What you would like to let go from this year?
  • What would you like to take with you to the next year?
  • What can you do today to make change happen, so that you continue to have and build the life you want?

Gratitude and appreciation for the now makes a humble home a palace, and a snack a feast. It is a simple way to give back to the people in your life, and let them know you appreciate all they do for you.

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This season is often looked at as a season of “getting”, but it is really the giving that matters.

Giving to others brings happiness. We cannot own happiness; it is a state of mind. It comes from living every moment in a state of gratitude, appreciation, and grace.


Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. —Oprah Winfrey


As you prepare for the new year, please remember to plan in time for your friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues. Let go of focusing only on material achievements. Those are only one part of success.

Here’s to living in gratitude for the now, with cheers to the New Year.

Happy 2017!

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Proper Care and Feeding of Data and Information

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Data governance provides you with a method for the proper care and feeding of data and information.

When applied correctly, it provides the appropriate checks and balances to ensure those who need access to the data can do so.

The policies deny connection to the data by those people, internal or external, friend or foe, who do not need to know anything related to the data.

What kinds of policies do we mean? Any kind of policy, actually.

The policies might prevent access to research data by staff and outside persons who do not need to see it, much less alter it.

Rules might protect privacy, as with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Or, the enforced policies might preserve cultural heritage and research data into the indefinite future.

When research data is protected and stored properly, it allows future scientists to study past research to note changes in the environment, climate, or simply in peoples’ attitudes and actions.

When data is preserved, it provides a window into the past. More importantly, it means that research is repeatable, which is one of the basic criteria for any applied research method.

The drawbacks to data governance are that when it is applied improperly, it becomes a bottleneck that impedes work or research.

People then work around it, and the policies become paper rules and regulations, that are not enforced within a culture or within machine code.

Data governance provides you with a method for the proper care and feeding of data and information.

While this may aid in pushing day-to-day work forward, over the long term, it leaves companies and organizations open to litigation and/or expensive fines.

With regards to cultural heritage or research data, once the data is lost, damaged, or altered in some way, most cannot be recovered.

What is the Best Method for the Proper Care and Feeding of Data and Information?

The best course of action with any data governance policy is to balance the needs of employees and researchers to get their work done, against rules and regulations.

Large fines for GDPR violations could wipe out any gains by employees “cheating” to bypass data restrictions. The loss of research and cultural heritage data has no price.

When applying data governance to your enterprise, research project, or organization, the best course of action is to be brutally pragmatic.

Figure out which polices you must enforce, which ones you should enforce, and which ones would be nice to enforce. Then proceed to set up your systems and processes accordingly.

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If you would like to work with us on a data governance project, please see our services page.

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Happy Holidays 2016 and Best Wishes for the New Year

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We would like to wish our clients, colleagues, friends, and family a very Happy Holidays 2016.

To our clients, please know we appreciate your business every day, and we look forward to serving you in the coming year.

As we look back upon the past year, we would like to acknowledge all of our clients, each of whom have helped us shape our business.

Thank you for a great year. Again, we wish you all the best as you embark on 2017.

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To our colleagues, thank you for putting up with us during the ebb and flow of work over the course of the year. We appreciate the friendship and the advice.

To our friends and family, thank you for supporting our entrepreneur’s dreams.

Happy Holidays 2016 and Best Wishes for the New Year

We would like to share a positive message of hope. This year’s book has been written, but ahead of you is a new year. Those chapters have yet to be written.

Please remember to be open and positive to what will come — both the good, and the bad.


Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. —Sarah Ban Breathnach


Sometimes, we review the past year and focus on the goals we did not achieve from the last set of new year resolutions.

This time, make the effort to focus on what you did well. Do not focus on your failures, unless you are able to provide constructive criticism of your efforts.

What do you do well this year? What goals did you meet that you did not intend to achieve when this year started?

Focus on the positive outcomes, and as the next year rolls around, build on this current year’s successes.

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We wish each of you a glorious year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success — however you each may define success.

Thank you for being part of our world.

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