I am motivated and inspired this week by:

— Four senior women on the 1 train with Southern accents wearing blinking necklaces, rings and star-shaped sunglasses and heading to Ellis Island in the 30-degree weather. I want to be that in my 70s.

— A friend who deftly resigned from his job with that precarious combination of honesty and class.

— My own creativity, which has taken on a sense of urgency. The good kind.

— Howard Stern as he brings his radio show to a resounding close before heading over to satellite.

— The wonderful responses to my December life coaching newsletter.

Good stuff.