2019 - Taking Time to Reflect!
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts - Eleanor Roosevelt
Each year as we edge closer to its end, we begin to think about the new year and what it will bring. New Year's resolutions are made each year, but what do they really mean? What are they based on? Are they the same each year?
As a school administrator my most favorite part of my job was working with new teachers and the best part was our last meeting after their first year when they reflected on their school year. The exercise in reflection helped them to recognize the events in their lives that contributed to who they had become as teachers, celebrating, learning from, documenting and remembering. This reflection helped to craft their plans for the next school year. Like these new teachers, it is best to reflect on the past year to face the new.
As we get older the years just seem to fly by and it is wise to slow down for a day or two to reflect upon the year behind. My bucket list for retirement was ambitiously large and if I just do a quick look-back, it may seem that I didn't accomplish anything, but with a longer look, I have accomplished much in 2019.
Ordained as a Deacon in my church and took over some of the duties assisting lower income families
Along with my husband, have joined the team of Youth Group Advisers
Planned and went on a trip to London
Spent more time with my 4 grandchildren
Mentored a new school administrator
Took weekly watercolor classes
Painted the laundry room and my "Me Space"
Worked on singing in a quartet
Started the Phyllis2.0 Blog
And the list could go on and on. Did I do everything I planned on doing? No, but I did a lot, and I can continue to work on that bucket list in 2020. Here are some ways you can reflect on your past year:
What standouts marked your year? Books you read, movies you saw, travels near & far, milestone birthdays/anniversaries, births/deaths...
What surprised you most this year?
What was the best part of your typical day?
What was your greatest adventure?
Were there failures and wins? Joys and heartaches? What did you learn?
What energized you in 2019? What drained you?
Did someone do something that impacted your life or did you do something to impact another's?
All of these things contributed to your year and will help to navigate the next. Looking at the year ahead can be daunting but consider: What do you want to focus more on in the coming year? What habits do you want to work on? What "few" things on your bucket list do you want to achieve? What do you hope to say about 2020 when it's over? The list need not be long, but should be within your reach and can simply be a continuation of some of the good things you have accomplished in 2019. Try one new thing, visit one new place, or call that old friend. The possibilities are endless.