It’s always been my ritual to take the week between Christmas and New Years and rest and reflect. It’s truly one of my favorite weeks of the year. I move at a slow pace and keep fairly quiet. I look back and say goodbye to the old and look forward to the brand new year ahead.
Last year I wrote about this wonderful week HERE and asked everyone about their process of moving into the new year. One of my sweet blog-friends left this comment:
Jennifer Clause December 28, 2009 at 9:05 am
…I make goals for the next year in the form of a celebration paragraph…I did this last year and it was much more motivating than seeing a list of resolutions, etc. You sit and pretend it is the end of 2010 with pen and paper and you have kept your resolutions/accomplished your goals ….you write what you celebrating at the end of 2010 and how you feel after accomplishing or doing those things…it takes a little practice….but once I got into the swing of it…it is more fun than making lists and I put it in the beginning of my journal to read when I get discouraged or need to get to refocus/slow down.
Jennifer’s suggestion resonated with me. The next morning I snuggled under a blanket on my couch and wrote my Celebration Paragraph, which was for me, a Celebration Letter. (I’m pretty wordy!)
I thought it would be hard. That I would feel crazy and wouldn’t know what to write. Ummm, nothing could have been further from the truth. My pen flew across the pages of my journal as I rejoiced in goals-met and resolutions-kept. I wrote about my feelings in accomplishing these things. Strangely, I found myself expounding on the goals by writing what I “did” that helped me accomplish them. By the time I was done my heart was full of gratitude and hope as well as a pretty concise list of things to do to accomplish my goals.
I won’t bore you with the details but some of my celebration letter focused on my addiction to sugar and my weight. (Wrote about coming off sugar for a season HERE) I was also focused on some projects around my house. (Our Summer remodel posts are HERE) There were other things too, how to intentionally “live my legacy” by investing time and energy in our granddaughter Ellie. (Now we have 2 granddaughters and 1 on the way!) And personal things…like my time with God, this little blog and of course my “One Little Word” for 2010: friendship (which I’m going to talk about later this week).
Without going on and on, I’m just going to say that nearly everything I “pretended” to celebrate last December can be truly celebrated this December! In all of my years of making resolutions, I’ve never-ever kept so many.
Jennifer, I love the Celebration Letter, it’s officially a yearly ritual for me and I can’t thank you enough.
With that in mind, I’d love to hear about your process of looking back and looking forward. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so do you map out a plan to help keep them? Oh, and if you decide to write a Celebration Letter please let me know!
If you have a blog or put your photos on Flickr, I’d love for you to come back Wednesday to my little blog party.
Link a post or a photo (from Flickr) that reflects your focus in 2011. This week’s party will be open to all things that inspire you going into January. Goals, Resolutions, winter decorating, organizing, comfort food and of course…snow!
(During the holidays the party is called: All Things Merry & Brite ~ In the New Year: All Things Inspired )
Love to you my friends..