Celebrating 2015

1 01 2016

fireworksA year often passes so swiftly that you barely have time to breathe before it’s over. So it’s always good to look back over the highlights of the past 12 months. Sometimes it seems you haven’t accomplished much, but when you take time to appreciate how you spent your time, you realize that you did much more than you thought you did.

Often we focus only on external achievements, but forget to count the time we spent helping others, building relationships, and making deep, inner changes in our personal lives. Those should be the cause for the greatest celebration.

Perhaps you didn’t reach your goals or complete last year’s New Year’s resolutions, but did you make any progress? Even if you lost 10 pounds twice (the same ones, and regained them), give yourself credit for losing 20 pounds. You did do that, even if no one can see it now.

Did you set a goal to send your manuscript out to 20 agents, but only sent to 5? That’s still progress. Happiness

Maybe you decided to be a kinder, nicer person, but found yourself losing your temper more than you’d like. Count up the days that you did manage to hold your tongue, days when you said the right thing, days when you encouraged someone or did a kind deed for a friend or stranger. Did you like someone’s Facebook post or compliment someone? Those count too. You might be surprised to find that you did a lot more good than you realized.

What big goals did you reach this year? And what thing — small or large — did you do this year that you haven’t appreciated yourself for?

 

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2 responses

5 01 2016
S.K. Lamont

This is a great post Laurie! So important to remember to focus on what we did achieve! Last year, was a big year for me writing wise. I set the goal of writing six 1st draft novels, I managed to complete four, got to 70k on another one, then realized that it was one of my series trying to develop itself further. And the last one, veered off course completely into a different genre.
Small goals, I had lot’s of small special moments, where I connected with my children deeply.
Thanks for sharing!

6 01 2016
lje1

Thanks, SK! Sounds like you accomplished a lot last year, including some important personal goals. Hope 2016 is even better for you!

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