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saying goodbye to 2013

It’s December. I start thinking about the New Year, about setting new goals. But wait, I think it’s better if I start my end-of-the-year introspection with some gratitude for the year that is coming to an end. So thank you http://www.mindbodygreen.com for this self reflection ritual. See the article here.

Here are the questions and my answers.

1. What am I most proud of this year?

I am proud of me because I allowed myself to change, to give up a career as an economist,in order to discover the world.

2. How can I become a better person?

This is easy. I just make peace with myself, with my past, love and take care of myself more.

3. Where am I feeling stuck?

I am not stuck. But sometimes it is hard to go ahead. And then, I know that there is a lesson I should learn and I pay attention. And take all the challenges.

4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?

I should take more time to read…

5. Am I passionate about my career?

This is a last-year question. You should ask yourself, too.


6. What lessons have I learned?

I learned that the beauty of the world is in my eyes and my perception, not in Hawaii.
I learned that travel will open my mind.
I learned that I matter the most.
I learned that gratitude is the great secret.
I learned that by being closer to myself, all my questions are answered.

7. How did I my finances look like?

Finances, hmm? Well, I had all I needed.


8. How did I spend my free time?

This is a good one. I have to start by saying that I have a lot of free time. So I use it to sit in silence, meditate, take long walks (600 km long ones, check my stories about the Way of St. James here). I read more, I quit watching TV series and replaced them with more educative stuff. I allowed myself to spend time with my family and friends.

9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?


First, I realized that my body, mind and soul are so important and that they need to be taken care off. Even if I knew a lot about the body and it’s health, shared the information with whomever asked, I was not practicing what I preached. And something went wrong because of this. Obviously, I was struggling with myself.


As such, I started to make some small steps, to get healthier. I started eating more fruits and vegetables and move more. And I started to meditate.

10. How have I been open-minded?

I learned a few things about the culture of different countries. Travel does open your mind. So does reading.


11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?

I had good days and I had bad days. And I learned that inspiration is not something that comes and goes. I am inspired when I am happy and healthy. To be creative, let’s say in writing, means to sit down and write in the first place.

12. What projects have I completed?
This blog. So far. 😀 And you know what, it’s enough, nobody saved the world in just one year. 😀


13. How have I procrastinated?

Oh, the p-word. I used to work minimum 8 hours in an office in front of the computer. Now, I am still addicted to the computer. I spend almost everyday a few hours with my computer, reading, writing, watching the pictures that I want. And yes, sometimes I loose track of time when I read off-topic articles, read other blogs or chat with my friends. But now I live my life, I interact with real people, have good moments with them and I go out more often. Sun is incredible.

14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?
I am still working on my routine. But I do the following : yoga, running, eat, socialize with real people, sleep. And all the rest, after…

15. How have I allowed fear of failure to hold me back?
Fear? What is that? 🙂

16. Where has self-doubt taken over?

Self doubt is part of the journey when you start totally new activities. It goes away as soon as you make the first baby-steps and you realize that you really are on your feet.

17. When have I felt the most alive?

The most? Hmmm, when I hugged my new-five-year-old friend when I discovered our connection. This was my biggest challenge. To get to be accepted by this cute little guy, so I can take care of him. And I also felt alive when I discovered that I am able to make a certain yoga-asana. And sailing… and when I came home on my bike from a party in a Saturday morning.


18. How have I taught others to respect me?

By being myself. Who likes and respects me, that’s good, who doesn’t, that also good.

19. How can I improve my relationships?

I can communicate more. And I will 🙂

20. Have I been unfair to anyone?

Have I? Well, I was unfair a few times. But I am already forgiven and/or forgotten by the ones I was unfair to. Nobody’s perfect. We live, we learn.

21. Who do I need to forgive?


22. When is it time to let go?

Anytime. There is nothing worth carrying around, material or not.
let go

23. What old habits would I like to release?

All of them. Just because I want to know more about myself.

24. What new habits would I like to cultivate?

New habits? Taught, because I had a lot of new on my plate, lately. But I guess, I can do more sport, more yoga and I could start to help others, spread some information for the ones willing to evolve in some way.

25. How can I be kind to myself?

I can be kind to myself by relaxing, meditating and loving myself.



15 thoughts on “saying goodbye to 2013

  1. This is such an inspiring post about not being afraid to change and trying to improve your life, body and mind, on a daily basis ! Congrats for being brave enough to achieve this ! Have a peaceful Christmas holiday !

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