As the food hangover from Christmas disappears, the boxing day sales go crazy we know the end of the year is fast approaching. Already I’ve heard phrases such as “Thank goodness this years almost over” or “Can’t wait for this year to end”, “2018 will be my best year yet”. People are so quick to […]
As the food hangover from Christmas disappears, the boxing day sales go crazy we know the end of the year is fast approaching.
Already I’ve heard phrases such as “Thank goodness this years almost over” or “Can’t wait for this year to end”, “2018 will be my best year yet”. People are so quick to wish the days away with the expectation that a new year brings a clean slate.
As New Year day approaches people eagerly set their new years resolution and wish away the last few days of the year. Fascinatingly Tony Robbins says that 95% of people will break their New Years Resolution by the 15th of January. So why do so many people feel like the new year brings a new you? That you will suddenly follow through and be a new person?
Before I even begin setting intentions for the year to come I like to take some time to reflect on the year past. I love to honour everything that I have experienced, the things I loved, the tough moments, the connections, the opportunities, the surprises, really look at the year and the moments it brought me. In my members area (doors now open!) I posted questions to reflect on the year and we also did a countdown and shared our 17 moments of 2017.
Easily some in the group shared 2-3 moments and some stop there – some said I don’t have 17 moments and you might be thinking the same. Of course you do! These moments are your 17 moments, not moments you think would impress others. To you they will have more meaning than anyone could possibly understand. A moment may be as simple as being in a beautiful place watching a sunset. If we are truthful the year would have brought way more that 17 moments… isn’t it how funny how easily we can forget.
That’s why I like to dig deep and at least find 17 (depending on the year – no reason just what I do!). I pick these moments and celebrate each one, feeling gratitude in my body – what a gift that moments was. Narrowing down those moments isn’t always easy. Often defining moments of the year we downplay or don’t allow ourselves to really appreciate the experiences we had – usually because we had expectations of what the year would look like and bring.
We we let go of the expectations, when we stop telling ourself what we should, would, could have done we can then allow ourselves to begin to experience joy for what is rather than what should have been. I am a firm believer that everything is happening for us (not to us). Remembering this allows me to look at the moment differently, find a new perspective – this doesn’t always give me a positive perspective straight away or find a lesson yet it does allow me to let go and have faith that this moment will serve me.
So that is my little ritual to ask myself reflective questions during the beginning of December and then countdown moments that stood out and celebrate them. In my members area I encourage people to not hold back and really share the success they have had, be proud, we share the lessons learnt and the moments that changed us as well as reflect on some fun topics too.
Few moments from my collection this year are becoming an aunt again, creating The Wild Ones Event, connecting with beautiful people, adventures I went on, having my clients create a success of their own, moments with my husband and more.
Most important part of ending the year on a high note is to really feel grateful for all you have experienced this year, talk about them with others, reflect on them with gratitude, allow yourself to feel this year was successful and the most important question to ask after reflecting on each moment is ‘How Can It Get Any Better Than This?!’.
Would be so honoured to hear how you celebrate 2017 in the comments below. Maybe if you wish share a moment you are proud of, something you learnt or a way you inspired others. What made 2017 something to be grateful for?!