Recapping Your Year

Dear Friends,

One of the things I love to do at this time of year is pause and reflect upon the year. I marvel at all the wonderful events in my life. I acknowledge the challenges I’ve overcome, and I think about patterns, habits, goals that might need to be changed.

Wisdom from Brendon

Recently, Brendon Burchard sent out an email highlighting some of his top memories of the year. He said, “2018 was a wonderful but wild year for me.” Then he mentioned why: He and his wife traveled to exotic places––and he had a bout with pneumonia. He said, “It wasn’t an easy year. But it wasn’t a bad year. It was, like all years for me, a great learning experience and an opportunity to serve my mission with real excellence and reverence for life.”

A Simple Practice

So now that the shopping is complete, presents are unwrapped, and the dinner is cooked, I encourage you to take some time for yourself to reflect upon your year.

  • What are you most grateful for? Gratitude is a great way to attract more of what we do want in our life. We can be grateful for both the big events, like the birth of a child or a book, the attainment of a new job, or our health. Being grateful for the little things is important as well, a cool breeze touching your face as you hike, the smile of a child, the sunshine. You get the point.
  • What challenges have you overcome? Remember, even if it wasn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s bad. You’ve grown. I’ve had many challenges in my life and overcoming them has made me who I am today. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • What changes do you want to make for the new year? We can always strive to improve our health, show up more authentically in our relationships, and set bigger goals that really stretch us on many levels. Here, it’s important to ask: What do I want? You count. Your needs and desires are just as important as those of others.

Reviewing our life is great practice. It allows us to be in a place of gratitude, pride ourselves in the challenges we’ve overcome, and be honest with ourselves about the changes that need to be made as we go into the new year. Enjoy the journey.

Happy Holidays!

With love,


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