There's something magical about this time of year. The twinkling lights and gingerbread cookies. The merriment and good cheer spreading through the air. It's a season for celebrating, a season for love, and a season for self-reflection.
Over the past few years, I've created my own reflection ritual that takes place each December. It looks like this: lighting some candles, brewing a hot cup of peppermint tea, and settling in for a few hours of open-heart honesty in front of the fire.
It's an evening of reviewing the good, acknowledging the not-so-good, and scheming ways to make the new year an expression of my wildest wishes and dreams.
It began with a few simple questions and has evolved into a mighty embodiment of truth, acceptance, and growth. Here are some of my favorites.
25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013
1. What am I most proud of this year?
2. How can I become a better _____________?
3. Where am I feeling stuck?
4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?
5. Am I passionate about my career?
6. What lessons have I learned?
7. What did I my finances look like?
8. How did I spend my free time?
9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul?
10. How have I been open-minded?
11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?
12. What projects have I completed?
13. How have I procrastinated?
14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?
15. How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?
16. Where has self-doubt taken over?
17. When have I felt the most alive?
18. How have I taught others to respect me?
19. How can I improve my relationships?
20. Have I been unfair to anyone?
21. Who do I need to forgive?
22. Where is it time to let go?
23. What old habits would I like to release?
24. What new habits would I like to cultivate?
25. How can I be kind to myself?
Do you have an annual self-reflection ritual? What are your favorite ways to release the old and welcome in the new?