Hope you all enjoyed your weekend…sure flew by, didn’t it?
Last week I started taking a course on using Adobe Illustrator and this is one of my first attempts at using it. 🙂
Take this to heart…letting your creative juices flow can do wonders to increase your happiness, energy, and outlook on life. Creativity can mean so many different things and can be as simple as writing in your journal or trying out a new recipe. What’s your favorite way to be creative? For me, writing (on this blog, writing articles, etc) is always my favorite way to express myself, but I also love to craft, cook, come up with creative storage solutions, scrapbook, and so much more.
These past few days sped by. I’ve been consumed with settling back in to work, putting away Christmas decorations, unpacking clothes, doing copious loads of laundry, following up with United about our bags, and looking into changing to my married name—just to name a few things. 🙂
Today I want to share with you a little project I worked on last night—I created a new printable that I hope you will find useful.
At the beginning of each new year, I like to take some time to reflect on what went well and didn’t go so well the previous year. I think it’s a great exercise because it forces you to think about and appreciate the positive things in your life (and I’m always trying to become a person who sees the glass as half full), and it can motivate you to work harder to achieve what you may not have achieved that year in the new year.
However, in this hectic rat race we live in I find that I often forget the accomplishments, events, and memories that are worth holding onto. I know my memory is already not what it used to be (I blame it on over-stimulation and being constantly pulled in 20 different directions), so I thought, why don’t I create a printable where I can write down and file my thoughts on the previous year? How nice would it be to look back upon these reflections over time to see how I’ve grown and what I’ve accomplished?
So I created this printable called “What Was Pleasing in 2013” to reflect on this past year…
…and I did a bit of soul-searching about what made 2013 pretty great.
Side note: for me, even though I got married and a lot of other wonderful things happened, I found it to be a particularly difficult year, one where I struggled with how to advance myself and be my happiest, and where I often felt hopeless because I ran into blockades time and time again.
I don’t mean to depress you, I do actually have a point here. My point is that when I looked back at what I wrote down last night I realized that there were so many great things to be grateful for in 2013!
Here’s what I wrote (since it’s a bit hard to read above):
I turned 30 – I’m officially a “big girl”!
I married the most amazing guy I know.
I had my little brother back in the US for 6 months and we got the chance to catch up a lot.
….on our long-awaited and much-anticipated honeymoon!
I got a drastic haircut (which I love).
I read more books thanks to book club…
….and developed great friendships in the process.
I got the new Nikon camera I’ve been dying for.
I’m going to stow this away in my Happy Box, where I can refer to it when I need a little boost. I’ll also be sharing my 2014 goals with you very soon, and I hope we can inspire each other to make 2014 the most meaningful one yet!
If you feel like doing this exercise, feel free to download a PDF of “What Was Pleasing in 2013” here.