Hello blog community! I've been off the blog radar the past few months because I started a very full time job and have been leading a Bright Ideas Collective here in NYC and I've missed you all! Last week our group did the following exercise and it went so well that I wanted to share with all of you. The end of the year is a great time to look back and forward because we have a bird's eye view on the year. They say hindsight is 20/20, and though we might not have crystal clarity by December 31st every year, we certainly know more than we did on January 1st. Take this time to look back and forward, from a macro perspective, and see how it sets your new year up for success!
Closing the Year:
In our group, we shared both what we had learned this last year, and what we were forgiving ourselves for as we went into the new year. Most of the forgiveness statements involved areas where we'd had inappropriate expectations on ourselves that we had failed to meet. We forgave ourselves for those disappointments and released ourselves to be free to be who we are in the new year. It was powerful!
We also looked back at the lessons we'd learned through the year and areas where we'd grown and excelled - new strengths discovered and fresh passions unlocked.
Opening the New Year:
The next step in our celebration was to look ahead to the new year and we shared our creative goals for 2016. Some were very specific with deadlines and numbers attached, others were general goals for attitudes and mindsets. It was exciting to share our goals in a group of supportive, likeminded creatives, knowing we'd be able to help keep each other accountable to our goals in the coming year.
Make it Yours:
In what ways have you grown in 2015? What great strengths have you uncovered that you didn't know you had before? What areas of weakness have you found to which you can release forgiveness? What are your goals for 2016? Now that you know yourself better, from your lessons in 2015, how can you set reasonable deadlines and expectations for yourself to accomplish your goals? Who can you share your goals with to help keep you accountable and encourage your journey?
Write a closing statement for 2015, summarizing your lessons, and forgiveness areas. Write an opening statement for 2016, summarizing your hopes and goals for the new year. Put the 2016 statement somewhere where you can see it!
One of my goals is writing more on the blog again! You'll be hearing more from me in 2016 and I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to share your closing and opening thoughts in the comments. May this new year be our best and brightest yet!
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working as an Event Logistics Manager for WeWork. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.