on new year’s: the best questions to ask before we close the book on 2013


It’s hard to believe that New Year’s Eve has already arrived, but since it’s here, we might as well get into the mood. ’tis the season for looking back and reflecting on the past year and looking forward and setting goals, resolutions, and intentions for the coming one. I’ve been loving all the goal setting and organizing talk that comes along with this time of year, but I thought I could add to the mix by putting together a little post with my best questions for finishing off 2013 and moving into 2014 in a mindful way…

  • What are you proud of yourself for doing in 2013? Taking some time to list your greatest accomplishments of 2013 is a great opportunity to give yourself the props you deserve for a year well spent.
  • What do you regret or wish you’d done in 2013?  It’s true that you can’t go back, but knowing where you went “wrong” is a fine and dandy way to figure out where you can go right from here on out.
  • What did you learn in 2013? I loved Andrea Owen’s “38 Things I’ve Learned In 38 Years” post to cap off the year where she shared some good lessons and reminders. Looking back on the ways you’ve been challenged in the last 12 months is a great doorway to illuminate some of the things you’ve learned and the ways in which you’ve grown and transformed that tend to get obscured because they’re gradual and happen over the day to day.
  • At the end of 2014, what would you like to be able to say you’ve accomplished? This kind of forward thinking and visioning is so important in setting yourself up for success. Your goals, resolutions, intentions–whatever you want to call them–, should move you in the direction of these accomplishments and getting clear on what you want for yourself in the next year gives you something concrete to work with when it comes to setting smaller goals and action steps to get yourself there.

I really do encourage you to do a little looking back and some looking forward in between glasses of champagne this New Year’s. There’s nothing like checking in and bringing a little bit more intention to your life…

live your life

Happiest of holidays to you and yours!

I’d love to hear what your greatest accomplishments and lessons from 2013 are! What are you setting your heart on in 2014?


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