How to end the year on a high

As we come to the end of 2019, it’s hard not to look back on the year and judge it. Did it surmount to everything we had hoped for it to be? Or are you counting down the days until it’s over? There are so many different ways to categorize the last 365 days. No matter how you do so, the most important thing is to put a definite end to the year.

Yes, that’s correct, end 2019 IN 2019. Don’t take it with you. Before the year is done, take a few minutes (or longer) to reflect on all the year was for you. Write out some thoughts such as, what you loved about the year, what you didn’t like so much, what brought you joy, what brought you pain, remember some of your best moments, some of your not so good, record it all. Don’t be afraid. Let it out.

Then, let it go. These will no longer serve you in the new year. The past is done, it can’t be changed and there is no going back. What will bring you the most closure is accepting the year for what it was, giving yourself some time to feel it all, and then letting it go. Sometimes this is simple, and sometimes it’s easier said than done.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in using our past and the knowledge its given us to build a better future. However, holding onto it won’t move us forward. Instead treat it as a stepping stone for what’s ahead.

So once you’re finished with your list, you have some options. Sometimes just getting it all out is good enough. But, If you’re a visual person, consider an act of symbolism. You can shred or burn your list to symbolize the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one.You can read it aloud and say a prayer. Or come up with your own creative way to bring your year to a close.

This isn’t a surefire three step system to ensure you have no regrets going into 2020. But, it can be a productive exercise of reflection, acceptance, and letting go. I find it refreshing to pay my respects to the end of a year. No one likes carrying around excess baggage. So this process seems to allow me the freedom to go into the next year with an outlook of possibility and a fresh start. I hope it can do the same for you.

xx,
Emily

As we move into 2020, it's natural to be focused on setting intentions and priorities. To get ourselves in that headspace, we like to do an intention setting yoga routine and read back through our post on setting boundaries to make sure we aren't pushing too hard. If you're looking for more, check out our Designer's Guide to Mindfulness below. 

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