Hootie and the Blowfish has always been a favorite. “Time” was a great song in the 90s and showed up on my Sirius XM twice the other night driving and it got me thinking about the significance of time in our lives. “Time, you left me standing there, Like a tree growing all alone. The wind just stripped me bare, stripped me bare. Time, the past has come and gone. The future's far away ….”
Life feels so busy lately. Meetings and commitments and workouts and silly adult responsibilities can be exhausting. I just looked up and it’s December 8th! Holy mackerel where did the week / month / YEAR go? How could this much time have passed? One of my favorite quotes has always been “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” - CS Lewis.
You get caught in this cycle of grinding - wake up, hustle, set goals, go to work, workout, hustle, crush said goals, set new goals, workout, see friends, go to work, workout...then suddenly so much time has passed full of things you didn’t quite pause to appreciate. The days are long but the years are short is the adage right? The year has been long - and short. I need to take time to reflect and appreciate. I've mentioned before how much I love and loathe TimeHop, this was today's "flashback" to a year ago. I remember being proud of myself for sticking to a plan at SP and even though the changes were little they were adding up! I also remember thinking I looked better brunette. Haha. I love seeing how much happier I look because I know how much happier I FEEL.
I think 2016 has been a year of healing. I can accept I'm not who I thought I was, but I'm so much more than I once was. I made big changes and I need to pause to appreciate the impact they have had on my day-to-day life while setting my intentions for 2017.
Here's my agenda for December reflection + planning:
- This weekend I am committed to taking some time to reflect on the good, the bad and the lessons of 2016. Professionally, personally - how did the year feel? What am I thankful for? What have I learned?
- I joined an online goal setting group and we're been working through the Resolution Roots posted by Danielle LaPorte. One of the group admins recommended finding an accountability partner who you can share these goals with (even the scary ones) and then routinely check in with. I already have this support system built-in with my work husband (who is also my financial advisor). I've asked him to meet Monday to review my goals with me and help me make 2017 the best year ever. I think meeting on 12/12 is a good sign, I believe in the symmetry of numbers!
- Wednesday December 21st is the shortest day of the year/Winter Solstice. I will keep up the tradition I inherited from Kate Northrup in 2013 of releasing and welcoming - from her site:
Release it. Mike and I are having a Winter Solstice party this year. We’ll have little cards by the fireplace on which people can write down what they’d like to release and leave in the darkness of the shortest day of the year. Then we’ll have other cards where they can write down what they’d like to welcome in with the light as the days grow longer starting on Dec. 22nd. The end of the year is a beautiful time to reflect on what’s working and what’s not, and let go of what’s not. Spend some time letting go instead of accumulating and you’ll fee more free.
How are you celebrating the end of the year? Have you considered how you've grown in 2016? Are you ready to own 2017?