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Looking Back to Move Forward!

2022 Year End Self-Reflection

2022 is drawing to a end! For so many of us this year was another challenging one, as COVID finally truly hit Taiwan and brought with it additional stresses about health, relationships, finances and more. On the other hand, a great number of us ( myself included) were able to travel and see people and places again for the first time since 2020! Definitely a mix-bag of a year!

I find myself eager to turn the page on 2022 ( well the pandemic years as whole!), but rushing to a new year with new dreams and goals isn’t the most effective way to start fresh!

Want to move forward into 2023 feeling inspired, motivated and clear-headed? Then , look back and reflect!

But how?

  1. Set aside at least thirty minutes for yourself.

  2. Grab a pen and paper ( studies show that when we write things down rather than typing we have better understanding, memory, creativity and a sense of calm).

  3. Use this list of questions as a guide and write down your answers.

    • What were my highlights of 2022? ( Scrolling back through your photos might jog your memory!) What or who helped to make these moments so memorable?

    • Who or what am I most grateful for this year?

    • What is something, big or small, that I accomplished this year? What were the key steps I took to make it happen?

    • What were my biggest challenges of 2022? What skills or support did I use to get through them?

    • What habits did I have this year that made me feel the best? What habits made me feel the worst?

    • What is one lesson I have learned about myself this year?

    • What am I proud of myself for this year?

    • Who were the people that I felt the best or most like myself around this year? Who were the people who were the most draining to my energy?

    • If I ( as I am today) were to talk to the January 1st, 2022 version of myself , what advice would I have?

    • What word would I say sums up my 2022?

  4. Read and review your list through a lens of compassion and non-judgement. Do you notice any patterns about areas of joy, things you want to cut back on or areas to improve on? Remember, we are all works in progress and every perceived “win” or “fail” is a part of our story. When we more clearly understand who we are and what we have done, we can better plan for where we want to go in 2023!

I’ll be setting aside some time this week to get journaling and am looking forward to what insights I can discover. If you do the same, please let me know if the list of questions above was useful for you too!

Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year and can’t wait to keep moving with you in 2023!



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