A Year in Review

Can you believe its December already? We have less than a month until we will be in 2019…crazy! I don’t know about you, but this year flew by for me and so many wonderful things have happened.

In the past year, I have been working on taking the time every night to sit down and journal. When I started this process, I thought I would just write whatever happened throughout the day or the week, write out my thoughts – things I was happy/sad/upset about, etc. But I couldn’t keep my attention with it. 

I eventually switched to using journal prompts that I found on blogs or Pinterest. And finally landed with writing 3 things that I am grateful for, and how I was a champion that day. I will say, some days it is hard not to repeat the things that I am grateful for, but I find something new every day. I have been sticking with this for about 3 months now, some days I miss but never more than 2 days in a row. 

This month, I decided to switch it up a bit. I found an awesome journal prompt from Journal Connection for the month of December. It has 31 questions that encourage you to reflect on the past year in the most positive and encouraging way. 

It’s only the 6th of the month and the first 5 questions have been great. They make you look back on the year and think about everything that has happened. The good, the bad, and everything in between. I’m amazed and extremely grateful for all that has happened in 2018 and how far I have come. 

Some days, I feel like I haven’t changed at all and others I feel like I am worlds away from the girl I was last year at this time. And I’m sure all of you experience the same thing from time to time. 

When reflecting I remind myself that the positive far outweighs the negative. I have made big strides in 2018 — I competed in my 1st bodybuilding show, which has been a long time goal; I lost my job, but found one that I love far more and truly enjoy going to work every day. I gained a sister and a niece this year. I have met so many wonderful people who have had a large impact in my life. And I have made moves to grow my online training business and have a lot in the works for the coming months. 

Knowing how much has changed this year and the amount of growth I have made, I want to continue on that path. And I think these journals can really help to guide me along the path that I am already on. 

This is something that I encourage everyone to do, because it’s a great way to “reset” at the end of the day, as well as the end of the year and be ready for the start of a new one. Be honest and open with yourself about your year and where you think things went well/didn’t go well, identify the things that make you happy and excited, the things that don’t, and cut them out, etc.  

Set aside 5 minutes each day for yourself to sit down and think and respond to the journal question. If you can do that, you will be surprised the impact that it has on you as well as the start to the New Year. 

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