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With Christmas now behind us, our attention quickly turns to the new year.  I love the energy a new year brings. Full of possibilities and hope. But first of all I like to take the time to reflect on the year gone by. We can forget how far we’ve come. We can sometimes forget the highs in the lows. And it’s a great opportunity to think about what the year’s taught us.

And then I start thinking about the new year. Thinking about what I might like from 2017.

My end of year ritual changes slightly every year but I always take the time to think about it and write everything down. It really is a ritual for me. I thought I’d share with you what I’ll be doing as we see out 2016 and bring in 2017.

Reflecting on 2016

This year I’m going to ask myself these questions.

What about 2016 makes me smile?
What made the biggest difference to me this year?
What were the greatest lessons of 2016?
What do I need to let go of?
What am I most grateful for?
What are my biggest achievements?
What am I most proud of?

Seeing in 2017

Setting my intention

Last year I set goals, this year I’m setting my intentions for the year. My intentions for my family, my business, my home, my relationship, for work and for me (and my wellbeing).

And after talking to my yoga teacher last week I think my over-riding intention is to take life less seriously. Sometimes life is serious and needs taking seriously.  But often we can take a step back, we can lighten up a bit and go with the flow.  That’s what I want from 2017.

And I’m going to pick one word for 2017

Last year I chose 3 but this year one word keeps coming to me and that’s fun, which goes nicely with my intention for the year too.  You decide what you’d like to do, pick a word, or two, or three and write them down.  Colour it in if you want to, put it on your wall, do whatever feels right.

My 2017 bucket list

Then I’m going to write down all the things I want to do in 2017. I did this for the first time this year (2016) and it got me thinking about things I really wanted to do, but all too often fell away. Some things were bigger than others, like going on retreat and then there were smaller things like reading Big Magic (I loved this book!).

Don’t think too hard about any of this, trust your intuition, listen to your heart and see where it takes you.

Review

Each month take time to go back to what you’ve written.  Remind yourself of your intentions and what you want 2017 to be about.  And change them if you need to. Things change throughout the year, we change and so your intentions can change.  You can also add to your bucket list through the year.  And I often set my intention for the coming month too.

That’s one of the problems with new year’s resolutions, we often set unrealistic expectations and leave them exactly where we set them, at the beginning of the new year, without going back to them.  So have a look each month and see how you’re doing.

And remember this isn’t about putting pressure on yourself. I didn’t do everything on my 2016 bucket list, those that I still want to do will move onto 2017’s list and some will just drop off. Same for my goals. But it gets you thinking about what you want and how you might create it too.

Wishing you all a very happy new year.

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