Every year has its lessons. Whether this was your "power year," or one you're ready to put behind you, we can all benefit from carving out a moment amidst the holiday madness to get quiet and reflect.
Taking this moment can reveal some really important lessons you might be ready to learn, so you can move on from them. But if we never give ourselves the time, life can tend to repeat itself.
Below is a simple, yet incredibly effective exercise to help you summarize your chapter from last year, turn the page, and powerfully write your story for 2019!
This activity can also work well as a group! Consider gathering your girlfriends or family, and make it a ritual! In my family, it's become an annual tradition. We've found it to be a fun, special way to release the past and move forward into the future.
What I loved about this year was _______________________ (write about anything that comes up: relationships, trips, growth, career, etc.).
What I struggled with was ___________________________ (again, anything that comes up: ex. loss, not reaching goals, anxiety, etc.)
I'm choosing to release ______________________. (whatever you wish!)
& I'm choosing to embrace 2019 with ________________ (Whatever feels true for you! Ex. courage, love, faith, gratitude, etc.).
List everything you want for 2019 (ex. could be anything relating to your health, spirituality, money, career, social life, relationships, etc.)
Seal it in an envelope, address it to yourself, and mail it out.
I know it's tempting, but DON'T SKIP THIS PART.
The act of sending it out really helps, energetically, to "send out" your intentions into the world.
When you receive it, don't open it.
Wrap it in a pretty box (like a present), and then at the end of 2019, you will open your letter as a gift to yourself.
Next year, when you open it, you might be surprised at how much of it became true. And instead of stressing over the things you didn't accomplish, focus on everything you did!
Progress - Perfectionism = Desired Results