As the year draws to a close, it's a time of reflection, celebration, and anticipation. It's an opportune moment to look back on the past twelve months, not just to evaluate our goals but to truly celebrate our achievements and let go of what no longer serves us.
I was wrapping presents listening to an episode of The Mel Robbins Podcast and Mel said she had great success in all areas of business this year but felt like she was hyperventilating every single day and I felt that so much. As a mom, wife, working full time, having my own business, and a podcaster I had great growth and success this year, but every day I felt like I had too many pots on the stove so to speak. Another take away from this episode was whenever we have downtown we make lists of things we need to do, maybe its organize a room, clean out the fridge. But it is usually involves us making a to-do list when we are on break. Why do we do that? Why can't we allow ourselves to rest, watch tv and slow down?
This week in between Christmas and the New Year I am trying to allow rest. I encourage you all to do that too. Remember that you are safe to slow down and enjoy life!
If you feel inspired to journal or reflect I encourage you to take some time this week to do that. But after you rest of course. Haha.
We are also in a full moon today and this has great power! I have always liked to reflect on the past year and set up goals for the new year.
I am doing things a bit different this year. Read on for my usual, then my new ritual I want to incorporate.
Each year, we embark on a journey filled with challenges and victories. It's essential to take a moment to celebrate our wins, both big and small. Did you start a new habit, overcome a fear, or achieve a personal goal? These triumphs, regardless of their size, are milestones in our personal growth journey.
Appreciating Small Wins: Often, we overlook small accomplishments, but these are the stepping stones to our larger goals. Acknowledge the discipline it took to consistently work towards your aspirations.
Recognizing Personal Growth: Reflect on how you've grown emotionally and intellectually. Celebrate the resilience and strength you've developed, and the wisdom gained through various experiences.
Acknowledging and Letting Go:
As we celebrate our achievements, it's also time to acknowledge what hasn't served us well. This could be old habits, negative thought patterns, or even relationships that don't contribute to our well-being.
Reflection: Identify what you need to leave behind. This self-reflection is a courageous step towards personal development.
Letting Go Ritual: Consider a symbolic ritual to let go of these burdens. It could be as simple as writing them down on paper and then tearing it up, symbolizing your commitment to moving forward.
With the old year ending and a new one on the horizon, it's the perfect time to set intentions for the coming year.
Setting Intentions: Instead of hard-set resolutions, try setting flexible intentions that guide your actions and decisions.
Vision for the New Year: Visualize where you want to be this time next year. This vision can guide your choices and help align your actions with your goals.
I like to do a Keep, Quit, Start list. List everything you want to keep, like working out, going to church. This is things you already do that you will continue to do in the new year. Quit, things you want to quit doing. One of mine is people pleasing. Last one is start. This is what are some new things you want to start doing? Maybe its walking everyday, maybe its cooking more.
I also pick a word for the year, usually it is patience. This year it is rest. I want to teach myself it is ok to rest and relax. It is ok to sit on the couch and watch TV. I want to remind myself I don't always have to be going, going, going and be busy.
I did my Keep, Quit, and Start list. I picked my word for the year and that is it! I am not setting goals or intentions this year! I plan on slowing down and enjoying right now.
The end of the year is more than a transition; it's a moment of celebration and transformation. As we celebrate our achievements and let go of the past, we open ourselves to new possibilities and opportunities. Let's step into the new year with a sense of accomplishment, a light heart, and a clear vision for the future.
If you want to take a moment to share with me three things you achieved this year and three things you want to let go of you can share them in the comments or with a friend, or hit reply to this email and share with me.