And share your list with a friend!
Yesterday we looked ahead to our Future Selves, but today I’d like to take one last look back at the past year. Let’s spend some time honoring our current selves and our accomplishments of the past year. After all, it’s our present self that will begin the journey to our new future self.
If you’re like me, your first instinct is to think, “Wow, I hardly did anything! I certainly didn’t accomplish one-tenth of what I hoped I would do.” But in our hearts, I think we both know that’s not true. You did some things this year that were hard but worth it (or will be worth it at some later date), some things that you were scared to try but did anyway and some things that helped other people. Maybe you even stopped doing something you needed to quit; perhaps the most difficult accomplishment of all.
So take a moment and honor yourself. Write down 5 things you’re proud to have accomplished in the past year. If you can’t come up with 5 things, then I know you can come up with at least one. Write your list in your journal or use a piece of paper you can tape to your fridge. Keep your list somewhere you can look back at later when you need to remember how awesome you are.
And then, share your list with someone else. Tell them how proud you are and let them congratulate you. And tomorrow at midnight, when you toast the new year, let your first toast be to yourself. Because look at what you did last year! How awesome is that? You should be so proud.
Here’s my list of accomplishments from last year.
- I kept Midlife Rambler going for a second year, even though for the first six months of this year it looked like nobody was ever going to ever visit my blog.
- I grew my Pinterest following from less than 1,000 to over 3,300
- I cooked prime rib for the first time ever and it was a wonderful success.
- I had some personal upsetting setbacks this year, but learned that I needed to spend a bit of time nursing my wounds and then move on.
- I showed up for life every single day and gave every day my best. (And looking back, I believe I can honestly say that’s the case.)
That’s my list. If you’d like to share your list – or even just the highlights – in the comments, I will be happy to be your supportive friend who tells you how awesome you are. Because I already know that’s true.
This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.