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?
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!