Hellooo new decade. Anyone else feeling an inexplicable desire to do something bigger or better, simply because we’re entering the ‘20s? 

Whether we’re seeking improved health, career growth, or stronger relationships, the symbolism of a fresh start in January gives many of us a tangible starting line for tackling our ambitions. Treading water in the horizonless sea of our own goals, January can give us a little something to hold on to; “Just start, already!” the month seems to say.

Of course, starting may be the easiest part. We know well that sticking to our plans is another feat entirely. In one of my favorite books of the past decade, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” the author, psychologist, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth asserts: “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” If this seems discouraging, take heart—because she also writes: “When you keep searching for ways to change your situation for the better, you stand a chance of finding them. When you stop searching, assuming they can’t be found, you guarantee they won.”

In this issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle, we hope our stories inspire you to keep searching for whatever it is that will change your situation for the better this year. Let’s find ways to make endurance a little less rare, shall we? 

2020: Ready or not, here we come.