The Gift of Reflection

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December 5, 2017
Intentions over Resolutions
January 9, 2018

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I can’t believe that the year is coming to an end. How quickly did this year fly by! I’m sure many of you are feeling this way as well and wondering where the time has gone. This year has been a phenomenal one for me. There have been lots of changes including leaving my job, moving cities and lots of internal changes in perspective. I look back on it with gratitude for the gifts that it has provided me. The process wasn’t always easy nor pleasant but if I hadn’t gone through them I wouldn’t be here now feeling more at peace than I have in a long time.

It’s easy at this time of year to get caught up in the festivities and celebrations. But then again it’s easy at any time to get distracted with activity, ‘doing’ and various other things that keep us separated from our true feelings and direction. I think it’s important to set aside time to reflect on where you’re at and see if you’re travelling the course that you really want to be on. This can be difficult to face up to at times which is why a lot of people choose not to look too deeply at their lives. There’s nothing wrong with this as we all have different purposes on this journey but I know for me that it’s an important thing to do. My year has involved letting go of beliefs that I’ve held dear for a long time and for those of you who have experienced this it can be a really difficult and deeply grieving process. Things that used to make sense no longer do and you have to pave new pathways that align with your new outlook. Though initially scary and anxiety driven, it is also an exciting process as new doors open and you find yourself in a place you could only have dreamed of.

So I would encourage you to take some time out whether it’s 15 mins or an hour or more. Give yourself the time of taking a look at the year and the gifts that have presented themselves and all the wonderful things that you’re grateful for. Also, spend time looking at what didn’t work so well and what you would do differently next time. I think every situation is an opportunity for learning and growth and that we never really make mistakes unless we’re continuously repeating them. This should hopefully leave you feeling pleased with your achievements no matter how big or small you consider them plus opportunities to do things differently next time. I would then encourage you to go one step further and ask yourself what is your one intention for the next year ahead. Try to make it internally focused rather than material for example, to be more open with your loved ones, to be easier and kinder to yourself, taking more time off etc. Write it in a place that is prominent and remind yourself of this often.

I wish you a happy festive season celebrating (or not) in a way that works for you!

Julie Lee
I'm a holistic coach and I love helping people find happiness and contentment within by learning to love and accept themselves.

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