The holidays are finally behind us, and a new year is well under way. It’s a time most of us are making resolutions to be better people, or reflecting on what direction we want to take our lives.

It was that very notion that inspired our January cover story. We told the tales of neighbors who left the security of solid jobs to pursue their passions. For some, that meant teaching or art—but for Charlotte Thompson that meant a life dedicated to yoga. She’s getting ready to open her own Sunstone Yoga studio in our neighborhood. If this is the year you’ve vowed to get your body in condition enough that you can touch your toes without seriously straining, then you might want to contact Thompson for a little yoga one-on-one.

But whatever your calling, my hope is that stories like Thompson’s make you think about what real happiness is, and give you the courage to pursue it.

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