END OF YEAR PRACTICES – HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE LAST DAYS OF THE YEAR
We’re on our way into another year, hard to believe isn’t it? The most frequently asked question these days is “how can I make the most of what’s left of this year?”. If this is also something you’re pondering, here are 4 practices that can help you make the most of the last 30 days of the year so that you can walk into 2020 with a strong foundation, feeling connected to yourself, with an inspired sense of direction.
This time of year is very introspective as we look back on the year to reflect on experiences, learnings, and successes, whilst simultaneously also looking forward to the new year with hopes, intentions and dreams.
I believe each year brings us specific teachings. Taking time to reflect on what we have learned is a beautiful end of year gift that we can gift ourselves – reflection adds to our wisdom and self awareness – wonderful things to take into the new year with us.
I’ve personally found that journaling and writing an end of year letter to myself really helps to make sense of the teachings each year has brought me. I’ve included this process in the list below. Read further to see what the other 3 practices are…..
Year end practice #1:
Write an end of year letter to yourself. Give yourself the gift of self-reflection…
Writing a letter to yourself at the end of each year is a fun way to reflect on the pivotal moments that helped to shape your life.
It’s easy for the years to roll into one and become a blur, so taking a pause, before the end of each year, to write things down (whilst they are still fresh in your mind), is a great way to capture your experiences.
When you reflect on the year, consider the following and feel free to add as many reflections as you like:
- What stories do you think were the most important and why?
- What did you learn most about yourself?
- What are you most proud of yourself for? How will you celebrate that?
- Which relationships were formed this year?
- What was great about this year? What was bad?
- If this year had a theme, what would it be?
- What do you want to thank this year for?
- Do you think you changed over the last year? How?
- Do you think you will change over the next year? How and in what ways?
- Do you have any predictions about the next year?
- If you could give your future self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Year end practice #2:
Start something new…
You don’t have to wait for January 1, you can start now…
If there’s something you’ve been wanting to do, you can get that thing going now, rather than wait until January – the positive momentum will help you be a lot further along at the beginning of the new year then you would be if you wait.
What’s the biggest goal you have for the new year?
What’s one step you can take in December this year to get that started?
Just start with one thing….
Year end practice #3:
I’m sure you’ve heard about Marie Kondo. The reason her work has taken the world by storm is because decluttering and purging our home, whilst hard to do, makes a huge difference to our state of mind – it frees up not just physical space but mental and energetic space as well. We feel so much lighter.
What needs decluttering and purging? When can you attend to it? Make a plan to do it. Even if you can only do one drawer do that!
Year end practice #4:
Design your own rituals for the new year…
It is said that how we live our day is how we live our life. If you’re looking to make changes in your life, the best way to start is by making changes to how you start and end each day.
Rituals are a great way to design your life. A ritual is more than a routine. A routine is an action that needs to be done each day such as making your bed and brushing your teeth each morning etc.
A ritual is the attitude behind the action – hence it makes for a more meaningful practice which has a real sense of purpose.
Morning rituals may include meditation, writing in your journal, a quiet moment with a cup of tea, visioning the day ahead and seeing everything unfold beautifully (priming your mind).
When designing your morning rituals it is important to consider how you want to ‘be’ and how you want to show up – thus your morning rituals should be things that prepare you and prime you to embody that way of being.
Evening rituals can be designed to support you to reflect on your day, relax and recharge. It may include epsom salt baths, reading a book, writing in your gratitude journal etc
I hope you enjoy these practices and I hope they help you make the most of these final days of the year …and here’s to the new year bringing all humankind beautiful, peaceful and joyful moments….