Good things ahead
Happy New Year! This week is one of my favorites of the year. The lingering love and peace of Christmas mixed with the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings feels almost too good to be true.
Our week was especially good this year as Matt had the unusual opportunity to be home with us rather than neck deep in the craziness of year-end inventory at work. What usually is filled with long work days for him and regular old days for us has instead been a week of games at the kitchen table, house projects, cheese ball, and an epic slide rigged on the stairs.
For the past few years I’ve ended each year with a short and sweet year end review. I've been doing the same this past week. Just three simple, non-intimidating lists that help me take a quick glance back and appreciate the journey. Just enough reflection to gather my bearings and step into the new year pointed in the right direction. (If you’ve gotten your hands on a copy of my new goal planner, you’ll know I make similar lists at the end of each month too.)
I’m more excited than I can say to plan a new yearful of goals and projects. But giving space to reflect back on the past 12 months never disappoints. If you want to join me, I wrote more about this practice a few years ago. You can read about what three lists I’ve found to be most helpful as well as prompts and thoughts to get the wheels turning.
I learned some profound lessons this past year. I became better acquainted with faith and hope. Changes and challenges that were all but forced on me now are a way of life I'm resistant to ever let go of. Minus the hugs… those I can't wait to welcome back into my life.
2020 reminded me that everything can be turned upside down in an instant and that hope is only absent until you decide to show up with it.
It taught me that being still is often the best thing we can do for ourselves and that changing things up can lead to some incredible life-altering discoveries that feel so right it's hard to believe it took us so long to find them.
And it proved that yes, we can keep going and trying and loving through some pretty grim times and that we are certainly stronger together.
Today I wrap up my lists and officially part with a year I'll never forget. Goodbye and thank you, 2020. You left me a little bruised, a little battered, and (I hope) a little better.
May 2021 be a year full of growth, hope and lots and lots of hugs for all of us.