Reflective All Year Long
As I reflect on this year, I can't help but wonder if I am the only person who is visited by this thought, "Why do we wait until the new year to be reflective?"
Every year (right after Thanksgiving) I begin seeing social media posts, reading articles and hearing conversations about one of two things:
- Reflections of this year
- Intentions for the new year
I'm not here to complain about this. Nor, will I deny that I also participate in discussing the two things listed above. However, this year I would like to add this: why do we wait until the new year to reflect on the past and set intentions for the future? This year as I set my intentions for next year, I'm going to promise myself to be reflective all year long. If you’re interested in doing the same, I’d like to share some tips with you.
Here are some ways that I plan to remain reflective all year long in 2018:
Consistent Journaling and Re-reading Journal Entries
I love a good journal entry but I can’t say that my journal and I have a consistent relationship. This year I’m going to challenge myself to write one thing in my journal each day and re-read my entries at least once a month. This way I can reflect on my thoughts, progress and goals.
Staying in Touch with My Body
This year, I’ve been healing a stress fracture. During my healing process, I’ve noticed that I have tendency to tell my body what it is going to do. Sometimes she listens but most of the time she does her own thing. For this reason, I’ve had to change the way I approach taking care of my body. One way I plan to keep track of what works and doesn’t work for me is by re-reading the activity logs on my Apple Watch (not an advertisement). Instead of just focusing on closing my activity rings, I’m going to go back and look at how my body responded to each workout.
Paying Attention to My Habits
We all have those go to things that we do when we need a pick me up. Or, when we go to the grocery store, we might pick out the same things because well, that’s what we always get. This year, I’m going to attempt to pay attention to my habits and reflect on what they do for me. For example, when I want to find a new book to read, instead of sticking to the same authors, I’ll try someone new and reflect on how that book makes me feel.
Do you have any suggestions on how to remain reflective all year long in 2018? If so, tweet me or comment below! Happy New Year!