Taking time to reflect on 2017 is such an important part of stepping into 2018 with more clarity, calm and freedom. If you don’t take the time to acknowledge things that have been, you may drag excess clutter into the year ahead. It’s best to start as fresh as you can with what’s going on in your life at this time.
1. Stop and Reflect
When you stop and reflect on your successes for the year, it allows you to really let them sink in. It creates the space to celebrate what you achieved instead of jumping straight onto the ‘next goal’, the ‘next vision’.
Too often we don’t give ourselves enough credit. This pause is a place where you can pour some encouragement, praise and acknowledgement on yourself, instead of focussing on where it is that you haven’t yet got to. This is powerful. This simple practice deepens self worth.
2. Acknowledge Disappointments
It’s also important to acknowledge the things that surprised or disappointed us. If you pretend that these things didn’t happen, or that they didn’t really affect you (when deep down they did), it comes with you into the new year. However, if you give them a voice, write them down and then let them go in whatever way works, you move forward lighter. You could journal them out and burn the notes, write on the sand, talk to someone, or shout them into the ocean.
3. Wisdom from 2017
When you use this pause to reflect on 2017 and what wisdom you gained, from both the successes and the disappointments, it gives you the room to step into 2018 wiser. This simple process empowers you with new insights, perspectives and beliefs. So instead of beating yourself up for the things you said you would do but didn’t, take this time to practice compassion and re-assessing from a place of gentleness how you could do it differently in 2018.
Why is this relevant to Bee Sensual and skincare?
Our state of mind and stress levels affect our health. If our health is out of balance, our skin can suffer. When you are feeling frazzled and running around trying to do as much as you can before the end of the year, and then beating yourself up for the things you didn’t do, it’s easier to slip into choices that don’t serve your health.
Some people may drink more, sleep less, eat more junk food, be running on adrenaline and depleting their adrenals, you name it!
Personally if I don’t take a pause and create space for myself (not just at the end of the year), I end up eating more toast than thoughtfully prepared meals. Sure, it’s gluten free and sourdough, but let’s be honest, toast alone (well with peanut butter) is not the builder of vibrant health! How do your choices slip when you’re feeling frazzled.
So how do you create space for a pause to reflect on 2017?
First you have to prioritise it. You need to decide that it’s important to you and your well-being and then write it into your diary. Don’t find other ‘more pressing’ things to do when that time rolls around. This stuff matters! Imagine if you could step into 2018 feeling a little calmer and more inspired for the year ahead.
Even if you really believe that you can’t spare much time for this, give yourself even ten minutes. Shut your bedroom or office door, put some nice background music on, or have relaxing essential oils and jot down short points on a piece of paper.
Here are three questions you can ask yourself, to help step into 2018 feeling more empowered and in alignment with what matters:
- What situations, ways of being or feelings am I choosing to release and leave in 2017?
- What 5 words would I like to use to describe the person I want to step into 2018 as?
- What lessons, wisdom, insights, or qualities are important to me to take into 2018?
These questions are inspired by my self-love teacher, Christine Arylo and her end of year reflection ritual. You can find it here. This stuff is simple, yet powerful, if you carve out the time to actually do it. I have been doing this reflection for a number of years now. I give myself a few weeks to really create a vision for what I would like in the year ahead as well. It’s really helped me get clear, and often on reflection I am surprised by how, for example, the word I choose for the year is just what I needed. This year it was Loving Surrender, which enabled me to do a lot of what I did this year!
I will be doing this for myself in the next few weeks. If you choose to reflect on 2017 in any way that works for you, please share some of your insights with me.
Sending waves of calm, peace and joy to your beautiful self at this time.
Remember you are enough!
You are unique!
You are beautiful as the unique and wonderful human being that you are.
PS: If you choose to write goals/intentions, please set them from a place of inspiration rather than guilt. When you set a resolution from a place of ‘should’, you set yourself up for stress and disappointment. If you would like guidance in this process, flick me an email 🙂