In my year end reflections, I realized that 2016 was an eventful year for me. I went to a trampoline park with my nieces, a hot air balloon festival, had a beach getaway with friends, joined an Apologetics class, got started on my drawing again, became active in blogging, and so much more.
As I was browsing through my new journals for 2017 yesterday, I looked back through my 2016 journal. On the very front page, I saw several questions that I answered. It was then that I realized that the events that happened throughout my fun-filled year was not a matter of chance. I didn’t even remember I did those questions in the beginning of 2016, yet the entire year was spent fulfilling the answers.
I’m so glad that I did the exercise because I believe that doing so changed my life for the better.
Here are the questions:
What do I want to see, discover, and explore?
Who do I want to spend more time with?
What skills do I want to master?
What do I want my everyday life to look like?
What old habits would I like to release? What new habits do I want to cultivate?
The most important question there was: What do I want the THEME of my 2016 to be?
Honestly, 2015 is a year I call the “Dark Ages”. I was going through a bad case of depression at the time, made several wrong decisions, and was on the path to self-destruction.
This is why I decided that the theme of my 2016 was going to be RESTORATION. And that’s what I did. I pulled myself back together and did everything I could to get back to positive thinking and healthy living.
The answers to the questions above set a direction to my actions for a whole year. The result was I had more meaningful relationships, gained true friends, realized my passion in life, and focused on personal development.
This 2017, the theme of my life would be LEGACY. I will live a life that creates an impact on the people within my circle of influence.
If you’re in a confused state or in a bad place in life, not knowing where your future is headed… I suggest that you take some time to reflect on these questions. It will give you a fresh perspective on who or what really matters most to you.
You can share your answers in the comments below or create a post on your own blog.
Then TAKE ACTION towards achieving the answers to the questions.
So what’s it gonna be?
Here are my answers for 2017:
1. I want to visit more museums/libraries/beaches this year.
2. I want to spend more time with family, true friends, and my church group.
3. I still want to master drawing. (Haha!)
4. I want to start my day with devotion and exercise before going to work. After work, I want some down time with my hobbies before I sleep.
5. I’d like to stop eating when I’m not hungry and procrastinating. I want to drink more water and develop good cleaning habits. T_T