This Year’s Reflections BEFORE New Year’s Resolutions

I have to admit… I’m a big fan of the New Year season.

I know, some folks aren’t. And understandably so.
There’s often this ever present assumption, expectation even, that we should be always doing more, should be better.
Resolutions can feel heavy rather than inspiring.

That’s not what New Year’s time is for me. What I learned long ago is that “should” has never been an empowering or effective motivator.  And I definitely no longer view New Year goal setting through that lens.

I’ve found there are much more stirring and satisfying possibilities for engaging with this season of transition. I’ll offer my thoughts about transforming and loving new year intentions in the next couple of weeks.

But right now… this year’s not over yet!

Instead of perpetuating that habit of hurriedly moving into ‘what’s next,’
I invite you FIRST to relish the last couple days of this year.

Pause for a bit.
Take a few complete breaths, and do some gentle reflecting before moving on to New Year’s resolving.

Because this culture we live in continually has us in a mode of being on the go – always adding things to our To Do lists, it seems we rarely take time to sit down & feel a sense of completion, an awareness of accomplishment.

And that’s a problem.
Think about it.
If we never really feel ‘done’ with anything, how can we ever experience a sense of satisfaction in life?
Reflection is essential for contentment.

I’ve heard some folks say they don’t have time to pause, to designate resting (non-doing) times… but truly there is nothing more essential for moving forward. How does the quote go… “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” 

This is the perfect time of year to offer yourself a small gift of time – to simply look back over the year. To see how far you’ve come and reflect on the growing you’ve done.

This year why not start a new tradition with yourself?

Create a very quiet, personal New Year’s ritual that offers a sense of whole-ness.

One late December or early January day, simply take an hour or so to
sit with your journal or a piece of paper. Make a list of all that you accomplished over the last year, situations or challenges you made it through, stuff you worked hard on, undertakings that are done, things you’re proud of yourself for.

This list is not just for big things.
Let your memory re-open to all the small details and circumstances.
And no ‘if only’s’ or ‘buts’ on this list.

It’s the end of a year. Let yourself breathe it in and rest there for a bit.

I give myself the gentle space to do this ritual every year. And inevitably, through the compassion and self acknowledgment that shows up for me in the process, inspiring new intentions always seem to flow out of me onto a meaningful new year’s ‘resolution’ list .

Acknowledge what worked and went well for you this year.
Let that be the motivation that propels you into the new one.

I invite you to share your old and new year reflections and thoughts below…

Katrina Piehler is a wellness coach, bodyworker, workshop leader and writer who is passionate about helping busy people create lives they love living!

Known for her intuitive, uplifting approach, she offers action-oriented personal coaching programs, rejuvenating bodywork sessions and inspiring workshops and retreats that empower her clients to discover vibrant balance, motivation and inner tools for transforming how they live their lives.

She loves helping new folks in her community find inspiration and motivation to get ‘un-stuck’. If you could use a little clarity juice or are curious about coaching, come schedule a complimentary wellness coaching session with Katrina here!