As the end of the year nears, many of us will become wrapped up in festivities and thoughts may start to wander toward resolutions, goals and wishes for the New Year.
You may also find yourself looking back at the months that have passed, particularly in such an unprecedented year as this one.
Reflection is important for living a life by design, even during the toughest times when it may feel like events are out of your control.
Journalling is great for reflecting on a regular basis but you may equally enjoy brewing over your experiences while out on a walk, sat in your garden or on a park bench.
I love to tuck myself away for a short while, using the dresser in my room as my secret writing space, but when my children were young, I’d snatch moments to reflect while on the loo, in the shower or while two toddlers ran around with their friends in the park.
There’s always a way!
Reflecting now on your year and closing it out properly will enable you to step into the New Year with a free mind.
When looking back, hold onto your precious memories and let go of all the things that didn’t go right, missed opportunities and events you could not influence. Forgive anyone who upset you and forgive yourself for any missteps too. Take lessons from your experiences and take comfort in knowing you’ll handle things differently another time.
Finally, write down all the things you are thankful for, however big or small. During one of the hardest spells in my life, I could only be grateful that the sun had risen that morning, that rain clouds had passed, that I had food to eat and a breath inside my lungs. Focusing on the simplest positives, rather than the looming negatives, helped see me through.
Hopefully, you’ll have lots of sunnier things to reflect upon, and lots of people to thank for supporting you along the way. Celebrate them all.
For me, the highlights have been building a community of so many friendly writers and working with talented voices to ensure every article shines.
Above all, I am thankful for you, dear reader.
Hours go in each week to creating things to inspire you to live more creatively and write your best words. Knowing you will be reading and all the lovely comments keep me going.
You are what makes this special. Thank you!