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Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it.  – Ferris Bueller

Each year as January rolls around it seems all the talk is about resolutions, goals and how we can do and be more. Which is wonderful!

But with the excitement of where we want a new year to take us we tend to forget how far we’ve come and what the past year has done for us.

Which is why it’s equally important we take a moment to reflect and congratulate ourselves on all that we’ve already achieved, get clear on what we’d like to experience next, and remember what we’re really living for.

Taking inventory of my life is something I’ve been doing the past few years. It helps me connect with my life, recognize where I am, and get clear on where I’d like to go next.

Basically I ask myself a handful of questions:

What does my life look like right now? What would I like it to look like in a year, 5 years, 10?

Where have I been? What else would I like to see? What have I experienced? Who do I still want to be?

Many of us feel accomplishments only include major positive life events such as getting married, having children, starting a company or buying a house. But sometimes our greatest achievements come from doing nothing.

Sometimes it’s the dark days, difficult times and hard-learned lessons that need recognition in order to guide us to the next chapter of our lives.

There are no rules and there’s no right or wrong way to take inventory of your life – all it takes is a pen, paper and some uninterrupted time.

So, pour a glass of wine or cup of tea and take a moment to reflect and congratulate yourself on all you’ve achieved, get clear on what you’d like to experience next and remember what you’re really living for.

I promise this simple exercise will be a game-changer for 2015 and your entire life!

Here are some questions to play with:

  • What major life changes occurred this year? (Moving, school, career change, family, etc.)
  • What cities/countries did you visit or move to?
  • Who came into your life this year? Who left? (New friends, co-workers, lovers, pets.)
  • What was the absolute high of the year? What was the low?
  • What life lessons or trades & skills did you learn this year?
  • What growth can you notice in yourself?
  • What does your income, savings, investments look like compared to last year? What would you like them to look like a year from now?
  • What health or physical improvements did you make to your body or lifestyle?
  • Did you make any big purchases? (Car, home, furniture, etc.)
  • What was the most romantic moment you experienced this past year?
  • What was the most fun day or night you had with your family, partner or friends?
  • Did you pick up a hobby? (Gardening, sewing, playing an instrument, cooking.)
  • Which aspects of your life now would you like to roll over into next year? Which would you like to leave behind?
  • Where would you like to be a year from now in your personal and professional life? (Start a new company, promotion, married, children, perfect health.)
  • What would you like your life to look like a year from now? In 5 years? In 10 years?
  • If you were guaranteed one wish that would come true for you in the next year, what would it be? 

 

Wishing you your best year yet!

Emily Florence

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHT TWEETS:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it.” Tweet This!

“Often our greatest achievements come from doing nothing.” Tweet This!

“Sometimes it’s the dark days and hard-learned lessons that need recognition to guide us to the next chapter of our lives.” Tweet This!

 

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