I have, in the past, used different formats to look back over a year as it draws to its end. I have reflected on lessons learned, meandered through my thoughts, drafted detailed month-by-month statements. Many years I have had no formal reflection. Some years, looking back through my blog posts, I realize that I stopped blogging as the year end approached and then restarted months into the new year. I am sad when I see that because I know that I lost out on not reflecting on the year, even if it was difficult.
This year, I felt inspired by one of my online idols, Chris Guillebeau. Every year he does an annual review, and uses them as the stepping stool to laying out his goals and plans for the following year. It is often very involved but this year he simplified due to some travels. Seeing that he was able to quickly and simply review his year inspired me to get mine down now.
What went well?
Some of the things I am particularly proud of this year include my new job, turning around my health, starting to write my novel in NaNoWriMo, getting my relationship on a new track and moving out of my parents’ house.
What didn’t go well?
All is never rosy. My finances have been scarily shot to hell this year. I have had some difficulty sticking to some of my new fitness habits. I fell back into my depression hole and had to return to therapy. I had trouble sticking to a daily writing habit and couldn’t finish the novel. Writing, in general, was a weak point for me this year.
What about my goals?
I didn’t do a formal goal-planning process for 2012. As I have done in previous years, I identified a theme for myself that helps to guide the actions and decisions in my life. 2012 was the year of AUTHENTICITY. So how did that go? Well, I managed to continue the shedding I had begun the previous year (2011 was the year of MOVEMENT). I successfully extricated myself from, and avoided getting into, activities and situations that I didn’t feel reflected the true me. This caused some strain in certain areas but I stand by my choices. I eliminated some of the people who were adding little to my life, and renewed my focus on me and my well-being. I did try some new things (and old things) that I believed had been missing from me. So all in all, I think 2012 was definitely a success in AUTHENTICITY.
And what next?
Well, the theme for 2013 was chosen some time ago because it kept recurring in conversations and things I read, and managed to pull together several of the things I know I want to do next year. 2013 is the Year of ABUNDANCE. I will be writing amore detailed post on what that means, but for now let me define as ‘the fullness of life’. I will be selecting some focus areas and some specific goals and this process has been underway for a couple months. Work has even begun towards some of the 2013 plans so I will be sharing more soon.
So what about you?
What did 2012 bring you? Was it what you hoped?