New Year’s Questions – An Exercise to Begin 2016

I picked these questions up at a wonderful workshop I attended a few years ago and have found them very useful. I use them for myself every year.

Before beginning a new year in full force, it can be supportive to complete and acknowledge the previous year. I hope that spending a few minutes with the following questions will help you complete 2015 and start 2016 on a strong note!

Completing and Remembering 2015

  • What was your biggest triumph in 2015?
  • What was the smartest decision you made in 2015?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2015 experience?
  • What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2015?
  • What was the most loving service you performed in 2015?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2015?
  • What are you most happy about completing in 2015?
  • Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2015?
  • What was the biggest risk you took in 2015?
  • What was the biggest surprise in 2015?
  • What important relationship improved the most in 2015?
  • What compliment would you liked to have received in 2015?
  • What compliment would you liked to have given in 2015?
  • What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2015?


Creating 2016

  • How will you acknowledge those who most impacted your life last year?
  • What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2016?
  • What advice would you like to give yourself in 2016?
  • What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2016?
  • What would you be most happy about completing in 2016?
  • What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2016?
  • What would you most like to change about yourself in 2016?
  • What are you looking forward to learning in 2016?
  • What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2016?
  • What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2016?
  • What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2016?
  • What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2016?
  • Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2016?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2016?

21 Things To Do By Yourself

A few years ago, this time of year was crazy busy for me. It is now too, but for different reasons.

Back then, I had three kids living at home, and I was neck-deep in all of the holiday hoopla that goes with having school-aged children. Lots of driving. Lots of school events, ballet performances, holiday parties, shopping, wrapping, cooking, etc.

Now my kids are in college, and I’ve directed more of my time and energy into my work. At the moment, I’m under a deadline to complete a self-publishing course in early January. I’m working particularly long hours under some stress to get everything done in time.I’m not complaining — I love my work, but I can tell I’m feeling overwhelmed and depleted. I know myself well enough to recognize when it’s time to step back and recharge.You may be feeling the same way.

Maybe it’s not work or kids or the demands of the holidays, but whatever it is, you also need to refill your emotional and mental tank.If you’re an introvert like me, you may find all of the extra stimulation from the holiday season overwhelming.

More crowds. More traffic. More demands on your time. More ads and offers hitting your inbox or mailbox.

But even extroverts need to pay attention to their internal world to make sure they stay balanced, focused, and calm. It’s easy to get pulled into all of the excitement and festivities, only to find yourself crashing unexpectedly with illness, exhaustion, or anxiety.

During hectic or stressful times, the best thing you can do for yourself is to pull back and spend some time alone.

Consider these 21 things to do by yourself to help you relax and recharge:

1. Read.Reading is always my go-to form of relaxation. For me, the book needs to be a novel that allows me to escape rather than something that requires my concentration or makes me think about work.

Right now, I’m reading Shantaram, which is one of the most beautiful, engaging books I’ve read in a long time. You can see more of my book recommendations here.

2. Take a hike.

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