New Years and my birthday fall just week apart for me, so it has always been one of my favourite times of the year. So much time to think back on all that the year has been and dream about all that is to come.
I have grown to love the yoga practice of setting your intention. While I may not be much of a yogi, I much prefer this to setting concrete goals or the traditional New Years Resolution. Simply being intentional about the year to come, allowing space for hopes, dreams, change and growth. Equally as important as being intentional about the year to come is intentionally taking stock of the year that has gone by. Celebrating the times of joy and success, recognizing what was and may continue to be difficult, sitting with the hard questions. This is what allows us to gently and conscientiously close the door on what was 2016, and move forward with wisdom and anticipation into 2017.
In order for me to be intentionally intentional, I like to find some questions that will guide me through this process, whether I journal, blog, talk or just think through them. If you are interested in doing the same, I found a couple online blogs that have created some really great ones!
The Art of Simple has a couple PDFs:
And Eileen Chadnick from Huffington Post asks some interesting questions to get you thinking a bit more on the past and upcoming year from a more professional standpoint. I particularly like her questions about WHO has been meaningful in your life. So often we just think about ourselves in this time that we forget to appreciate those who have helped make our year successful.
Another way of reflecting on the year past: a visual representation of the year. I only did it for the first time last year but will being doing it again, as I really enjoyed picking and compiling a photo or two from each month that captured my favourite parts of that month. This helped me cement those joyful memories in my brain, as well as gave me a reason to go back through the hundreds of photos we take each month. So I would encourage you to do that as well. Even if 2016 was a particularly shitty year, being able to find even the smallest moments of love from each month can help reshape your outlook on what has past, or at least find something to be thankful for.
Do you have any special New Years reflections or habits that help you move forward from the last year and into the next?