Last year about this time I wrote about Taking Stock. My thought was to use the holiday season, typically fraught with hustle, bustle and social obligations (aka overload), to breathe, reflect on the past year and what you want out of the next. Simply take stock of what’s going on… What’s making you smile? What’s just not working for you anymore? Maybe someone or something in your life needs a little more attention or extra TLC? See, I wanted to try and take control away from that what I called the nasty “New Year’s Resolution Society” that rears its head this time of year telling us what we should be doing next year or who we should be and we are left feeling overwhelmed and under "developed"…. instead focus onenjoying the holidays season, press “pause” if you want or if you are up to it and want to start “planning” for next year, well rely on our own insights instead of the magazine someone left on the coffee table! Readers agreed.
So, as we come to the close of yet another year … I’m standing my ground. I will once be Takeing Stock of what’s going on in my own life and reflect on the past year as I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I truly hope that you do too.
C' mon, grab a pen or Smartphone or your sparkling new tablet. Go off on your own or with someone who brings out your best (someone who doesn't, NOT a good choice). Maybe a glass of wine … and go for it! Take stock of 2011 and then when you're ready … you will have the beginnings of your very own “personal plan” for 2012. Try some of these:
- What made you happy in 2011? Made you smile? Feel good inside? Is it something that you could do again? Add to your life more often? What do you need to do to make that happen?
- What caused you stress this year? (Code word for tears, heart palpitations and angst?) Were the factors in your control? Was it a one-time occurrence or reoccurring? If this was a reoccurring stress in 2011, what can you do about it in 2012?
- How would you describe the relationships in your life this year? Who makes you feel “loved up”? Valued? Necessary? Which ones made you LOL? Keep those people on your list in 2012. We all need them in our lives. Any take too much energy? Sucked you dry? Didn’t reciprocate the love? Or just didn’t show up. Hmmmm. Think about writing their names in pencil .
- If you work outside the home, how did your work life unfold this year? What made you feel accomplished? What were the highs? The lows? Will you make the same choices for yourself in 2012? If you work part-time or stay home with children, is that still the right choice for you? If not, what changes do you need to make to take a different path?
- And for 2012, challenge yourself a little!
Pick one new thing to try. A sport? A hobby?
Pick one thing that scares you and make a plan to do it. Public speaking? Travel?
Make one new friend and appreciate the ones you have.
It’s been a good year. For me, 2011 was a year of growing and learning and all the ups and downs and changes that come with it. I’ve had much that made me smile and only some that has not. I have shown strength and character where I never thought I could and I took the time to make changes where they were badly needed. Oh, I have lots to do in 2012 but feel confident that I will achieve some of it! And so I close the year grateful for all that 2011 brought to my life and hopeful for all that 2012 will bring.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.
May you each find the joy, peace and success in your life.
Blooming Betty will return in January 2012!