“To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
As we near the end of 2017, it’s a great time to reflect on your year. For me, it has become a yearly ritual where I find myself hibernating between Christmas and New Year as I journal and reflect on 2017. I reflect not only from a business, career, and financial perspective, but also from a personal perspective. Below are the questions I ask myself. I have also included my year-end ritual below for those interested in starting a new year end practice.
- What am I grateful for having experienced as I reﬂect on the last year?
- How did these events, people, sorrows, blessings, and adventures shape me?
- What are my ﬁve deﬁning moments for the past year? Moments that I felt fully alive, fully myself, fully creative, fully of service or…
- What am I proud of accomplishing, letting go of, accepting, changing this past year?
Do not skimp on the “What am I proud of” question. Pay attention to what you are proud of. It is essential to notice what you have done and honor it! Feel free to send me an email telling me what you are proudest of this year.
Happy New Year!
End Of Year Ritual
Purpose: To celebrate the journey of 2017
1. Give thanks in writing. I write a list of everything I’ve been grateful for in 2017 and why. Example: I’m grateful for being a finalist for Fish Tank as it is a stepping stone for bigger and better opportunities in 2018.
2. Declutter your space, and your brain. I can not speak enough about this subject. If your living space and your brain is full of clutter, there is no space for anything new to come into your life. Write your thoughts down on paper and get them out of your head. You will be surprised by what you learn about yourself.
3. Counteract any lingering old stories and instead write down what you are proud of. As you assemble the list, you will realize that you have accomplished more than you realized.
4. Remind yourself how much you’ve learned. Just like you probably accomplished more this year than you remember, you also probably learned more than you realize. But the key to getting the most out of that new knowledge is actually putting it to use.
5. Make peace with your failures (and your enemies). While counting your blessings in various ways is a powerful way to end the year, it also helps to put to bed any conflicts and regrets you’ve racked up too.
6. Learn to expect the unexpected. It’s easy after something happens to feel that it was inevitable, but it’s only hindsight that’s 20/20. Remind yourself of that fact and make space in your life for surprises. Make a concrete list of all the places life has taken you in the past year that you didn’t expect — and let it serve as a reminder that the coming year will likely be full of surprises, too.”
7. Light a (literal) fire. In many parts of the country, a New Year’s fire is a good idea simply to keep away the cold, but you could also use that cozy fireplace for ritualistic purposes. Why not write down your fears and burn them to cinders before the clock strikes midnight? You can buy fly wish paper. Write down on one piece of paper what you want to let go of, and on another piece of paper what you want to manifest (for themselves, for others, and for the planet). Burn the paper and watch it fly into the universe. A fireplace works perfectly well too.
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Connecting with others’ dreams
- Where: Kent Emporium
- When: Saturday Jan 6th
- Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
- Cost: Beverages and Snacks to Share
- Community Fire Ceremony: 5ish
What does a “Be Inspired” afternoon look like?
- Lively conversations,
- Story telling,
- Creating art,
- Discovering your passion,
- Igniting your dreams
Whether you are a painter, a writer, a conversationalist, a mixologist, a chef, or an artist yet to be defined, no experience is requires in order to participate. Art supplies are available for those who are not sure what their passion is yet.
The Kent Emporium is a place to relax and unwind so that you can discover and/or rediscover your passion. At the Kent Emporium you will feel at home away from home. Our community of people share the same beliefs…inspiration is the first step towards discovering your passion. Come in, grab a cocktail and a snack, get inspired and discover your passion!
Community Fire Ceremony
Join like-minded people as we celebrate the New Year with a community fire ceremony. As part of the fire ceremony, we will be burning the Community Wish Tree as we release those things that no longer serve us in order to make room for our wishes in 2018.