At the end of the year, I always take a little time to look back and review the year just finishing up. What worked. What didn't. How I ended up with the goals I set for myself at the beginning. What I learned. That kind of thing. I find it quite helpful in a perspective kind of way, and it certainly sets the stage for figuring out what I want for myself in the coming year. (More on that another day!)
2018 . . . turned out to be a quiet and reflective kind of year for me. Even-keeled. Not a lot of drama. It was peaceful, really. Part of this was by design: I was working on FOCUS last year (as you probably remember), which meant clearing out, re-evaluating, slowing down, paying attention . . . and that doesn't leave a lot of room for adventure. But part of my quiet year was just . . . luck. Some years are just full of more surprises than others, and this past year? Not a lot of call to be reactive. (It's nice to have one of those once in a while.)
As part of my review process, I make a list of highlights from the last year. Things that make me particularly happy, or that went well, or that I'm relieved about. (I also make a list of lowlights. I'll spare you.) Here are three things from my 2018 highlight reel:
1 -- In my journal this past year, on three separate occasions I declared last summer to be the "best summer of my adult life." Why? Tom and I spent almost half the summer up north at our cottage. It was relaxing and fun and we developed an easy routine up there. I also had a great garden season at home, with a number of long-anticipated projects completed, a more relaxed attitude about what constituted "good enough," and time to just BE in the garden. I loved every minute!
2 -- After 15 years, I finally re-decorated my dining room -- and I just love it. (You can't believe how good it feels to begin 2019 with "deal with dining room" - finally - absent from my list of goals.)
3 -- I got to see Hamilton. Twice.
What's on YOUR 2018 highlight reel?
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