Hunkering down for winter is only one way to go. If you’re looking for some light during the shorter days of the season, consider breaking out that bucket list. Having aspirations is good for everyone, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, light can come from any corner, a new experience, a connection in your community or a different take on work. Shine on!



Bright Ideas for the New Year


If you’re a people person who enjoys Apple products and you want to be the bright spot in someone’s day, apply to be a Specialist at an Apple Store near you. 


How about lending your talents onsite by moving into a community that preserves rental affordability and provides access to meaningful enrichment programs for families and individuals? You can lead programs in your spare time in exchange for heavily subsidized rent.


If you have a few hours each day, week, or month, you can deliver meals and brighten a senior’s life.


How about something where you set your own hours and pay, and your job is to hang out with dogs? Seriously.



Two Takes on Starting Something New


Meet Mary Austin-Seymour, an experienced doctor who is giving back to her community in a new way. In her words:

“Look for the part of your work that gives you joy and see if you can replicate that. For me it was connection with patients and being part of a team doing worthwhile things.” Read more


Get to know Roberta Boschi, a dynamic former non-profit executive who started her own English school. She speaks eloquently in more than one language:

“Be more afraid to become a person you don’t want to be than to try something new.” Read more



“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” –Oprah Winfrey