How to Review Your Year
well friends, we are in the midst of the last day of 2015! i get a similar feeling at this time of the year as we kiss one year goodbye and greet the next one. i am a huge fan of processing feelings/emotions/events/basically everything (once a social worker, always a social worker) so i find that in order to feel a sense of closure for one year, i need to process it.
so, how to review your year to prepare for the next? i have some handy-dandy questions for you to answer on your own and then with your spouse!
for me, this starts with reviewing photos (as we did with the top 15 photos in 2015 – there is still time to join us!). photos allow me to relieve the emotions and adventures captured so it helps me remember much of what has occurred in the past year. i mean, how else would you remember all of the amazing food you ate?!
after i’ve scrolled through photos, there are two parts of the processing process for me: the first part is done on my own and the second part is done with my husband.
these are a few of the questions i ask myself. this reflection is done when i’m alone, in a good mental space and sipping on something that makes me happy.
- how fulfilled did i feel this year?
- what do i want more of? (i use ‘the desire map‘ to pinpoint this)
- what do i want less of?
- am i living a life i am proud of? why or why not?
- what will i not compromise on?
i lucked out and had a gorgeous environment for my processing this year! my husband gave a training in seattle, washington and we had a spectacular view so i answered these questions while he was out doing his training.
after the self-processing is done, my husband and i sit down and review our year together. these area few of the questions we ask/answer.
- what was the most surprising thing that happened this year?
- what is one risk you wish you would have taken?
- what is one thing you are most proud of this year?
- what did you struggle with?
- how could i have supported you more?
we team-processed over a glass of malbec and delicious food at purple in seattle, washington at the beginning of december! this happened to be the same restaurant we ventured to almost exactly 3 years ago as we were toying with the idea of becoming full-time entrepreneurs! it was a super romantic and dark setting, lovely for the ambiance and less helpful for photos.
i know this takes some mental planning to get in the zone of processing your year, so if you don’t feel like today is the right day, save this for another day this week. yes, we all know 2016 starts tomorrow but it’s not an “all-or-nothing” situation. if you do this on january 2nd or 4th, that’s okay!
after you’ve processed this year, now you can take that information and put together a plan to have more, less or a completely different new year! in order to move forward, you must acknowledge the past to have a clearer future.
i am always looking to add to my list of questions or ways others process their year. what do you do to close one year in order to start the next?