Taking down Christmas decorations is never as much fun as putting them up. Before putting them back in storage for an entire year, try this writing activity that will add some real value to your holiday storage task.
Write your own personal year-end review. Pop culture is always fascinated with reviewing who got married, who had a baby, even who died over the past year. Flipping through a photo collection or watching a video montage of our nation’s greatest victories and most horrific tragedies over the past year is practically a holiday tradition. The victories remind us of our abilities, encourage our ingenuity and shine light on the possibilities. Our tragedies affirm our resilience, our strength and our alliance.
Your own personal year-end review can be as simple as a letter that you write to yourself. You may prepare for your first letter by making 4 bulleted lists:
- Greatest victories
- Most difficult challenges/ tragedies (and a summary of the steps you took to overcome those challenges and what you learned through the process)
- Specific goals you are setting to get the new year off to a good start
- Greatest concerns going into the new year
You can stop at the bulleted list, but it tends to feel a bit stale and impersonal when reviewing it a year later.
As a fan of journaling, I find that converting the lists to a personal letter to myself to be immeasurably rewarding. And the rewards are two-fold.
First, when journaling out your lists into a personal letter, you will discover things that a mere list cannot reveal. I find this to be most rewarding when I incorporate prayer into my writing. As with all journaling, inviting God into the activity greatly enhances my self-discovery as He shows His hand weaving the details of the past year of my life together and using it for His glory right before my very eyes!
Second, when you review the letter a year later, you will see how much you have grown over the past year and how the challenges of the past have laid foundation for your future. Yes, you are likely to see a few areas where you are still growing. You may even discover areas where you seem perpetually “stuck”. No problem! You can get “unstuck” without becoming “unglued” with just a little bit of outside help. Contact Life Coach Lisa Marie and be amazed by what can happen in just one coaching session!
For every year that follows, be sure to include a fifth column. This is where even more of the blessing occurs. Take last year’s concerns and list how God worked every one of those concerns out for your good. (Romans 8:28).
So what does all of this have to do with storing Christmas decorations? Store your written letters it with your Christmas decorations! Then when you take out your decorations each year, your letter(s) will greet you with a friendly reminder that it is once again time for your personal year-end review.
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