A New Dawn © lynette sheppard
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 ten 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 shared with us two sets of simple yet profound questions. One set is designed to help guide us through re-viewing 2011 and the other is geared to helping us envision our own 2012. Enjoy them – I really did. Answer them all or just pick a couple that feel relevant. Perhaps you’ll think of other questions that we might ask ourselves – let us know your thoughts in the comments.
COMPLETING AND REMEMBERING 2011
What was your biggest triumph in 2011?
What was the smartest decision you made in 2011?
What one word best sums up and describes your 2011 experience?
What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2011?
What was the most loving service you performed in 2011?
What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2011?
What are you most happy about completing in 2011?
Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2011?
What was the biggest risk you took in 2011?
What was the biggest surprise in 2011?
What important relationship improved the most in 2011?
What compliment would you liked to have received in 2011?
What compliment would you liked to have given in 2011?
What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2011?
What would you like to be your greatest triumph in 2012?
What advice would you like to give yourself in 2012?
What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2012?
What would you be most happy about completing in 2012?
What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2012?
What would you like to change about yourself in 2012?
What are you looking forward to learning in 2012?
What do you think will be your greatest risk in 2012?
What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2012?
What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2012?
What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2012?
Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2012?
What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2012?
Happy New Year to all menopausal and midlife goddesses! Here’s hoping that 2012 brings you peace, joy, and cooling breezes!
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