I hope it’s not too late to say it, but either way, Happy New Year! After traveling all over for Christmas, we decided to keep it simple for New Year’s Eve and just stayed in. We snacked on leftovers, reflected on the previous year, and headed to be way before the ball dropped. And, you know what, I wouldn’t have had it any other way! While I’m still in the reflective mood, I want to share a little of what our conversation centered on as well as my typical week-end reflection.
I’ve shared before that we like to reflect around here and use this strategy as a way to plan ahead and set goals we can achieve. That being said, at the end of the year we find it especially important to have a specific framework for reflection. As we enjoyed our time together on New Year’s Eve, we shared a few ideas of important questions to ask ourselves at the end of the year. Here is what we came up with:
- Did I accomplish what I set out to do?
- Was I effective?
- Did I maintain my priorities?
- Did I make a difference?
- What do I need to change for next year?
As you reflect today, I encourage you to consider each of these questions. Take the time to consider what you were able to achieve in the past year and what you need to differently in the year ahead.
With that, here is a bit of reflection on my last week of 2014:
On the Blog
- Health & Wellness: 5 Tips for Recovering from Holiday Fatigue
- Money Matters: 6 Inexpensive Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve & Getting Back on Budget After the Holidays
- Blog Network: Network and Connect at the January Blog Hobnob
In Our Life
We’ve had such a blessed holiday season this year. We were able to celebrate with friends, enjoy family, and spend time together. I am so thankful for all that 2014 has been and even more excited for what 2015 has in store. As I look back on my last week of 2014, a few of the things I’m most grateful are:
1. Extra Time Off
As is normal after the holidays, I have felt pretty tired this week. I’m thankful B and I both had some extra time off of work to relax and enjoy. I feel refreshed and ready to head into the new year.
2. A New Start
At the end/beginning of the year, I am always grateful for a new start. It seems like nothing is out of the question at this time of the year, and I love getting to make a fresh start in the new year.
I can remember in college when we’d start a new semester, and I sit down with my calendar/planner filling in all of the assignments for the upcoming weeks and organizing all of my materials. I loved it! While I don’t get to do that any more, I still love filling out my calendar and penciling in ideas for trips that we’ll take. This year, I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to complete my editorial calendar for the blog. I have some great things planned, and I am so excited to share them with you! My calendar is what keeps me grounded and organized all year long.
4. New Opportunities
Most of you probably don’t know, but I’ve been writing website content for over 7 years now. For all but the last 6 months, that content was going to other people. I’ve always had a passion for writing, so it was nice to get to share that with others at least to some extent. But, I couldn’t be happier to share this passion of mine in my own way now. This week and this year, I’m celebrating the prospect of new opportunities. Getting to share my ideas and tips in writing on a site I can call my own.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a fair-weather fanatic, which can be tough this time of the year. While it’s been incredibly cold this week, it has been much sunnier than the past couple of weeks. I welcome this change gladly and have enjoyed the sun shining through my kitchen window. Ahh…
That wraps us this week’s reflection for me, but be on the look out for upcoming posts about setting goals, planning ahead, and getting organized for 2015. My blog theme for January is Setting the Stage for a Successful 2015, so I’ll have lots of tips for you for to set yourself up for success!
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What are you grateful for this week? Comment below or add your reflection to the link up!