Reflection on the year that was

As the year draws to a close “Reflection on the year that was” becomes a common theme. The media is recapping the news events of the year or the decade and showcasing the dramas that unfolded.

Personal Reflection

It’s also a great time for personal reflection. I didn’t set goals for this year. Last year had been crammed with work, study and exams so my plan for this year was to relax with my beading and take some time for me. That didn’t pan out quite like I thought as I ended up writing tutorials, teaching classes, blogging and working more on my business.

Your own reflection time

What has happened this year for you? Did you set goals at the beginning of the year? Have they worked out for you? Were you able to tick many off? Or were you one of the many who create New Years resolutions which don’t last past a month?


Reflection is a time to look at what is now behind us. It’s a time to assess your goals, your dreams, your plans. Maybe there were items on last years list that really didn’t fit your goals or the time isn’t quite right for them.

There is no room for guilt or failure just assessment of what was.

During this time of reflection listen to your heart. What is important to you, for yourself and your family. Where do your current circumstances fit. Is there anything, not yet achieved, from your last goal setting session that is still important to you.

Can you see what direction you need to go in and the steps you need to take to get there. What obstacles are standing in the way. What will it feel like to get there. What excites you, what is holding you back.

As you ponder all these questions, make some notes for yourself. Be as honest with yoursel

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Reflection on the year that was — 12 Comments

  1. I am so grateful for the pass year though I have not completed all that I intend too, I am pleased with what I have achieve and what I have learned along the way. I have been doing a lot of reflecting and I end this year without regrets.
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    • Isn’t it satisfying Margaret to be able to reflect and have no regrets for the past year? There’s always things you’re not quite happy with but when you balance them against what you have learnt and achieved you always come out ahead.

  2. I appreciate you remembered us also to take note of all the positive things happened, sometimes we focus only on the negative or unpleasant ones and this is a huge mistake ! I don’t think I focused the way I wanted on myself this year, so my priority for the 2014 is to schedule a “Clara -oriented” year!

  3. Great idea to stop and reflect, Lorelle!
    I do not set goals for the New Year. I set a list of 101 goals (the list is still open) and I’m adding and marking complete as I go. I notice every year that somehow I manage to reach them. Some are still in progress, some I no longer care about so I take them out the list completely.
    I don’t like to say that a year was good or bad, it was just that, a year of life, with everything it brings! :)
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