Hey friends! It’s Sascha. I love the end of the year. While it can be a stressful time with parties, gatherings, and family, it’s also a time full of promise. The end of the year is a great time to evaluate your prior year and plan for the year ahead. Resolutions? Maybe, but this post is about plans. What follows is a version of the end of year reflection activity I’ve done for the past four years in a row, originally found at dallastravers.com. Once you’ve done it, put it someplace special. Going back and looking at my prior years’ reflections serves to show me how far I’ve come and where room is left for improvement. You may enjoy doing the same. Without further ado, the exercise:
Get comfortable. Grab a notebook, pen, drink, and get settled in the workspace of your choosing. Light a candle, if that’s your thing. You get the idea.
Consider what you’re most proud of in each of the following areas of your life:
Craft & Creativity
Marketing Tools & Business
Identify the three primary intentions or beliefs that guided you this year. Perhaps you may notice certain values popped up consistently throughout your year.
What didn’t work as well as you hoped? With compassion, consider the unrealized expectations, unexpected circumstances or interruptions, challenges, upsets or losses, gifts given and gifts received.
What from the year feels incomplete? Are there possible actions you can take to remedy these items?
Create a year end ritual. Celebrate the challenges moved through and the successes enjoyed. How do you make a renewed commitment to yourself and your goals for the next year?
What are you looking forward to in 2015? What are 1-3 specific goals for 2015?
What are changes for which you anticipate or hope? How would you like to create these changes? Who might help you be able to succeed?
What are your life, career goals, and intentions for 2015? What are you building on and recommitting to from 2014? What is new? What resources are you bringing from 2014? What resources will you cultivate?
With whom do you wish to build a stronger relationship? Who would you like to attract into your life? How will your relationships (personal and professional) blossom in 2015? Make a list of 10 people with whom you’d like to build stronger relationships with- you may or may not already know them.
What principle or action are you going to give up from 2014 so that you can experience a fuller life?
How do you want to experience 2015? What color, taste, texture, smell, sound does it have? If 2015 has a theme song, what will it be? What images come to mind when you picture the coming year?
Create a vision board. You can do one online or on a piece of poster board. Know what you want, but more importantly, go after it.
Do you have a favorite end of year reflection or goal setting exercise you love? Post a link to it in the comments below, or send us a message!
Cheers to a happy, fulfilled new year.
All my love,