Happy New Year to Menopausal Goddesses Everywhere

It’s that time again – time to peek back at the year coming to a close and to look ahead to creating a brand new year.

I used to forget to look back at how much I had accomplished, enjoyed, and lived each year. I was much too focused on what lay ahead and how I might want to improve myself. You know: more exercise, better health habits, being more organized, blah blah blah.

About six years ago, I started making "Done Lists" at the end of each year, in order to not only celebrate what I’d lived, but to freaking REMEMBER it! With the advent of menopause, remembering became a lost art, that needed a little nudge (I used my calendar to make notes all year and that helped me re-view what happened.)

After celebrating the passing year, it’s natural to then look ahead to the coming one. Every New Year’s eve, I have this delicious feeling of a clean slate with all possibilities open. Most of us goddesses don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. We know that particular activity to be a slippery, guilt-iced slope that will only irritate us in the long run. But we do create "intentions" or "wishes". Sometimes, especially with menopause brain, it’s hard to get started or to focus on what we want to manifest next.

Friend and sister goddess, Robin Blanc Mascari shares with us two sets of simple yet profound questions. One set is designed to help guide us through re-viewing 2007 and the other is geared to helping us envision our own 2008. Enjoy them – I really did. Perhaps you’ll think of more questions that we might ask ourselves – let us know your thoughts in the comments. (Note: a pdf copy of the questions is available for download at the end of this blog entry.)

COMPLETING AND REMEMBERING 2007

What was your biggest triumph in 2007?

What was the smartest decision you made in 2007?

What one word best sums up and describes your 2007 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2007?

What was the most loving service you performed in 2007?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2007?

What are you most happy about completing in 2007?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2007?

What was the biggest risk you took in 2007?

What was the biggest surprise in 2007?

What important relationship improved the most in 2007?

What compliment would you liked to have received in 2007?

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2007?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2007?

CREATING 2008

What would you like to be your greatest triumph in 2008?

What advice would you like to give yourself in 2008?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2008?

What would you be most happy about completing in 2008?

What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2008?

What would you like to change about yourself in 2008?

What are you looking forward to learning in 2008?

What do you think will be your greatest risk in 2008?

What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2008?

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2008?

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2008?

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2008?

What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2008?

Happy New Year to all you menopausal and midlife goddesses! Here’s hoping that 2008 brings you peace, joy, and cooling breezes!

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5 Responses to Happy New Year to Menopausal Goddesses Everywhere

  1. Mizmell September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    I'm always surprised when another year rolls around–time moves entirely too fast. Last year I made a manageable list of things I would like to accomplish during 2007 and feel much better with the results.

    I look forward to what 2008 may bring.

  2. Lynette Sheppard September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Yes, it is always a shocker to me too. Where did the year go? Seriously if I didn't have my calendar on my computer to remind me of events, trips, people we saw, things we did, I would be hard-pressed to re-view my year. My electronic brain (computer) is not subject to mentalpause, thankfully.

  3. Bill Jacobson September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    What are you most happy about completing in 2007?

    My most happy website completion in 2007 was http://www.menopausegoddessblog.org

    Not only do the aspen leaves remind me of the beauty of life and autumn, but reading the consistent blog posts in my RSS inbox are inspiring.

    Where in the world do you get the gumption and energy?

    Happy, Healthy 2008 to you and yours.

    Bill …

    http://billjacobson.tumblr.com

  4. theresa souers September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Good grief! I can't even remember 07 and by the time I get through this list, it will be time to address the same questions for 08. Okay, okay – I will do as wise Ann and print them out for leisure contemplation. (I'd rather be golfing.) PS – reading Mable Dodge Luhan's "Memories" again. I sure hope my memory is as delightful as hers.

  5. Anne Wheeler September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Thank you for giving us so much food for thought in our end of year inventory! I'm going to print out the list of questions, so I can leisurely address them. What a great way to frame our self evaluation: what we DID get done this year. What we would like/hope to create for the coming year. Can't wait to see your book in print, and feel such pride @ being a participant in the process. Love you,

    A.

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