I do love this time of year, there’s something about the clean slate of January 1st that feels kind of sparkly to me. It’s about endings and new beginnings. It’s about out with some of the old and in with the new (as well as hanging on to some of the old!)
Although of course we can start again at anytime, we’re certainly not restricted to January 1st it just somehow makes it neat! I like to spend some time in between Christmas and New Year writing, reflecting and thinking about what’s to come.
I so love spending this time reflecting on the year that coming to an end, the highs and lows, and the things I’ve learned. I then enjoy spending time thinking about and reflecting on what I want to bring into and create in the coming year.
I’ve never liked the idea of resolutions or even goal setting, maybe it’s just the words and the meaning they’re loaded with. When people speak of resolutions it’s usually negatively or with a heavy heart and a big sigh! They talk of what they really would like to do but at the same time kind of know it’s just not going to happen. How many times have you resolved to do something on January 1st and it’s barely made it to the end of the week? And goal setting has much to same feel for me. It feels heavy and effortful and an uphill struggle.
I’d much rather think about things more generally, getting a bigger picture of how I’d like the year to pan out, realising and loving the idea of allowing things to happen organically too.
I’ve written out some questions you might like to consider as a starting point for your own exploration.
Questions for the past year
What were the things that brought a smile to your face and joy into your life in 2016?
And what were the things you struggled with, the things that drained you?
What were your successes this year?
What has been your greatest challenge in 2016?
What have you learned from it?
Questions for the new year
What do you want more of in 2017?
What are you willing to let go of?
What are you most hopeful for this coming year?
What are you inspired to create?