Currents Winter 2018; Vol. 34, No. 1 - Page 2

The Current Issue American Women’s Club of Hamburg President’s Message Winter is the perfect time to hit the "reset" button and focus on the possibilities for the new year. For many of us, it’s a time of self-evalu- ation and reflection. It’s a time to finalize our resolutions and identify the bad habits we want to break, good habits we want to adopt and new things we want to explore in the coming year.   Coming up with our resolutions isn’t nearly as challenging as keeping them! Breaking an old habit, learn- ing something new, taking a risk or meeting new people can be intimidating. Social science suggests that if we do something new intensively for as little as one month, we will have a much higher probability of creating long-lasting change. Even if we can’t promise ourselves at the out- set that we’ll stick with our resolution for the long term, there’s a huge benefit in putting a big burst of energy into the new routine or hobby for a few weeks. Of course, enlisting the support of fam- ily and friends can keep us motivated after the initial surge of excitement wears off. Whether we are trying to exercise more or procrastinate less, it’s always encouraging to know there’s a team of people who share our interests and genuinely care about our success. For many of us, the American Women’s Club of Hamburg ("AWCH”) provides that much needed support network. If hitting the reset button in 2018 for you includes getting fit, taking up a new hobby/craft, sup- porting a charity, learning a language, discovering opera, writing, reading, enjoying films, finding a new playground, browsing a museum, or simply sipping a cup of coffee, you can be sure that there are many like minded people in AWCH who would love to share those experiences with you. As we kick off 2018, it’s an ideal time for both new and long-term members to try something new and forge new friendships along the way.  The AWCH is the perfect starting point for this journey. Together, we can make 2018 a year of learning, growth and discovery! Lyn Herr, AWCH President 2018 2