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As I write this, 2018 is just a few days away. I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on 2017 as the new year approaches. As I wrote in last year’s reflection post, we can’t know where we’re going until we’ve taken a look at where we’ve been. We have to take time to look back before we can get clarity about where we want to go moving forward.
I know a lot of the gurus say that it’s important to reflect on the past year before you enter a new one, but that is not something I have done consistently until the last couple of years. I have found this process of reflection to be very therapeutic and enlightening. It helps with regaining the clarity about my goals and mission that sometimes starts to get muddied up by the time the last quarter of the year rolls around.
As I think back on 2017, I have to stop and give myself a big hug. I have to breathe into the experiences that came at me. I have to give myself permission to cry and feel ALL of the feelings that have gotten stirred up. 2017 was one of the most intense years of my life. I feel like it was a roller coaster of emotion, filled with more lessons in one year than I have experienced in my entire life.
November and December have felt very hard, emotionally, for me. I slipped into some depression and felt a heavy sense of grief and overwhelm that was really unexpected. I feel like I am pulling out of it and I am so hopeful and excited about 2018. It’s going to be a great year and I feel as though things are lining up in the perfect way for the next chapter of my life to begin.
The quote that keeps coming to mind as I reflect is from Richard Bach, who once said: “We teach best what we most need to learn.” That is so true in my case. I took some time to write about 2017, the grief, the joy, the hard decisions, and the struggles over on my other site. I would love to have you hop over there and read the full post here.
I would also love to hear from you. Have you been spending time reflecting on 2017? How did this year go for you? What lessons did you learn? Where do you want to go in 2018? Leave me a comment below!