Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Year End Reflection

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday this past weekend filled with family time, rest & relaxation, and of course lots of yummy food! It is so hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already, and that the new year is quickly approaching. As twenty-sixteen draws to a close, I find myself looking back on this past year and taking time to reflect on all that has happened - the good, the bad, and everything in between. I think it is so important before the year comes to a close to look back at your year. Take a moment to reflect on lessons learned, challenges overcome, goals accomplished (or maybe still in progress), and who you are and where you're going.

I think it's sometimes easy to get wrapped up in the happenings of day to day life that we forget to take a moment to pause, reflect, and really look back on how far we've come in a year. It's amazing how much personal growth can occur in what is really a short amount of time. If for no other reason at all, take a moment to reflect on your own journey, your own growth, and your own lessons learned.

To me, looking back at the year as it draws to a close always puts life into perspective. Throughout the year there are days, weeks, and months that aren't always as easy as others, and yet when I look back on my year, those aren't the things that stand out to me. Despite how awful some of those times felt in the moment, they are not the ones I remember. They do not define 2016. What I do remember when I look back on this past year are all the beautiful memories made, friendships created, goals accomplished, and adventures lived. Those are the things that are important - the one's worth remembering. Most importantly, as years come to a close, I am always reminded of this - regardless of how I felt the year went, it was another year I got to live, love, and explore. And that is something not everyone is lucky enough to get. For that reason alone, I am extremely blessed.

To help kickstart your year end reflecting, I wanted to share some questions with you that were written by one of my favorite writers, Maxie. I have talked before about how much I love Maxie and all she has to say, and this is just another reason to add to the list of why she is so great. I read and answered these questions myself and so many light bulbs went off in my head. It was amazing. I hope that by answering these questions you all have some of those 'ah-ha' moments as well. Reflection is a great way to prepare yourself to say goodbye to the old year and hello to a new one, and with 2017 less than a week away there is no better time to do just that!

Enjoy!

MAXIE'S YEARLY REFLECTION QUESTIONS 

1. What am I the most proud of?

2.What have been my three happiest moments?

3. What is the biggest lesson I’ve learned?

4. What do I still want to do that I haven’t started?

5. What was I worried about at the beginning of the year that worked it’s way out?

6. What is the most synchronistic event that happened this year?

7.Who did I spend the most amount of time with? Has that been energizing to me? Or has that been draining?

8. When was I the most fully expressed version of myself?

9. What have I accomplished? And what’s still unfinished?

10. When did I feel a total fire in my belly?

11. What money has been the best spent? And what money was wasted?

12. What is one attachment, belief, or person that I am finally ready to let go of?

13. What is one thing I’ve been doing that makes me feel really really good about myself?


I hope by answering these questions you found some clarity, inspiration, or motivation as you head into the new year! And if you're looking for more inspiration be sure to head over to Maxie's website. I promise you'll find it there! 

Happy almost 2017!


xo. G

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