Based on the image above, you might think that my new goal for 2015 would be to drink more beer. Or, that drinking more beer in 2015 is the way I am recommending to create the best year possible. Unfortunately, neither is the case.
However, the image above does represents a goal that I have--a long-awaited trip to Bend, OR. Not only is this beautiful location home of the Deschutes Brewery--which makes my favorite porter--it is an outdoor spot for hiking, golfing, and summertime concerts. I'd love to go their for my 33rd birthday in August.
As I was up at 6 am this weekend, probably in excitement for some of the best games to be played in the football season, I decided to take an end-of-the-year ritual and turn it into a creative exercise for visualizing my year.
As Abraham Lincoln once said, "The best way to predict the future is to create it."
Anyway, I mozied down to the local coffee shop (as not to disturb my sleeping husband and dog) to journal. I took the list of questions that I used to reflect on last year, and decided to transport myself to the end of 2015 in my mind's eye. Then, I answered these questions as though I had just lived the best year of my life.
Here are the list of those questions that you can answer for yourself. Instead of filling your head with my responses, I will let you know that some of my most exciting moments included watching Kai give birth to healthy puppies and completing my first 18-hole game of golf. And, that I was proud to say I'd focused more on being humble and flexible in the outcomes of my desires.
That being said, I highly suggest taking an hour for yourself this week and answering these questions as though you are standing at Jan 1, 2016. Then reflect on the amazing things that happened in your last twelve months. You just might be surprised at what comes up!
- Where did you begin 20015?
- What was your status by Valentine's Day?
- Were you in school (anytime this year)?
- How did you earn your money?
- How did you spend your free time?
- Did you have to go to the hospital?
- Where did you go on holiday?
- What did you purchase that was over $500?
- Did you know anybody who got married?
- Did you know anybody who passed away?
- Have you run into anybody with whom you left high school?
- Did you move anywhere?
- What sporting events/concerts/shows did you attend?
- Where do you live now (describe it--home, city, etc)?
- What people, events, and feelings describe your birthday?
- What's the one thing you thought you would never do, but did?
- What were the most significant events of the past year, and why?
- What's something you learned about yourself?
- Any new additions to your family?
- What was your best month, and why?
- What new friends have you made?
- What relationships have been released?
- What was your biggest achievement?
- What was your biggest learning lesson, and why?
- What do you wish you'd done more of?
- Less of?
- How did you give and receive love?
- What valuable life lesson did you learn?
- What one word best sums up and describes your experience last year?
- What was the biggest risk you took?
- What are you most appreciative for this past year?
- What new skills or knowledge did you learn?
- How did you utilize your finances?
- What do you feel especially good about?
- How are you different this year than last?
- What were 3 things you focused on, and how did they turn out?
- When did you feel most alive?
- How did you care for your body? mind? spirit?
- What new rituals or routines supported your overall wellbeing?
Once you have answers to these questions--whether they are more broad or very specific--you can utilize them as a way to set goals for yourself as the year progresses. I also recommend checking in with them quarterly, as lots can happen within the sphere of 3 months.
In all cases, cheers to a very happy 2015 to us all!