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.
1. What am I most proud of this year?
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?
4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?
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.
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?
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.