This article originally appeared in my 2006 Newsletter.  As I plan for 2010 and take some time reflect on 2009, I realize that even three years later, these words are still relevant. The article has been edited appropriately.

I love this time of year. Christmas lights, holiday parties, fires in the fireplace and a creamy hot chocolate bring lots of warm feelings during this otherwise chilly month.  I also love that as the year comes to a close, I have a chance to reflect on all that has happened.  As I think back to the start of the year, I realize that for me, this was a year of evolution.  My business evolved,  my thought process evolved, and I took many steps out of my usual comfort zone into an adventure of the unknown.

Have you thought about what 2009 has meant for you?

Before you rush off hoping that 2010 will be “better” take some time to reflect on all that happened for you in 2009.  Perhaps you saw all of your dreams come to life, or maybe you didn’t.  Take some time to think about the events that took place but also consider the role you played in the outcome.  Whatever the case may be, learn from those experiences to create a plan for a richer life in 2010.

Today I leave you with the challenge of self-reflection.  Spend just enough time to appreciate what you have accomplished, and create a plan for moving forward in 2010.

Questions to ponder during your reflection:

  • How did you take care of yourself? Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually is necessary for feeling good. The more you take care of your needs, the more you will have to offer others.
  • What goals did you accomplish? Writing down your goals is one way to make your thoughts and desires real. Plus it’s fun to go back and read what you wrote and then say “Wow, that really happened!”
  • How did you celebrate your successes? No matter how big or small your accomplishments, be sure to celebrate each one.  Recognizing your accomplishments will not only keep you motivated, it will keep the momentum going as well.
  • How did you grow personally and professionally? Even as adults, we grow and evolve.  Challenge yourself, learn something about yourself, and realize what you are capable of achieving the goals that are important to you.
  • Which areas of your life could be richer? Concentrating on what you want rather than what you don’t want is the best way to focus your energy.  When you focus on what you don’t want, you are actually attracting that which you don’t want.  For example, instead of saying, “No more debt in 2010”, focus on saying, “Make more money in 2010”.

Once you’ve gone through this exercise of reflection you can start to think about all that you want out of 2010.  Write it down and make it real. I’m in the process of doing this and will share my accomplishments and plans for 2010 soon.

What is in store for you in 2010?  What can you celebrate from 2009?  Share below and we’ll all celebrate together!

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  • Lance

    I started 2009 focusing on one word for the year – and that word being courage. And it really has been amazing how this word really manifested itself this year…which is something I have spent some time thinking about. Moments. Moments, big and small, that became turning points into something greater – sometimes right away, sometimes taking a while, and sometimes taking steps backward first. And all of that has been deeply good.

    Stacey, I happened to look back at when I wrote about this one word concept, and you commented that your one word focus for 2009 would be freedom (to help others, follow passions, be myself, from fear, and more). I’m curious, on your thoughts as to if you experienced this freedom in any way, and what that has meant.

    The new year holds much promise…

  • Judy Rodriguez

    There have been many, many changes in 2009 that will shape the way I live my life in 2010. Some of the changes have been challenging to accept but I must say that the comments on your website have always forced me to look deeper inwardly at myself, and for that, I thank you! There has been a lot of “reflection” for me, things I should’ve done differently and things that I shouldn’t have done at all but all of these situations have shaped me to become who I am right now and I know that there’s a lot of room for improvement! I’m grateful for what I’ve learned and am confident that my journey towards enlightenment will only intensify in the upcoming year. I will continue to gather strength from reading your website, so please keep it going! Here’s to a successful, healthy, prosperous New Year filled with love and gratitude…

  • Evita

    I love reflections/reflecting! I think it can bring a lot of peace and clarity to us.

    I have not reflected yet on 2009 or set any intentions yet for 2010, hope to do that on my trip at the start of January (decided to go to Grenada :)

    Wishing you an amazing Christmas Stacey and all the best for the new year – may it continue to bring you all your intentions and dreams!

  • Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord

    I loved reading this and being prompted to both reflect and plan.
    For me, 2009 was a year of healing some really old, deep wounds, as well as transforming myself to live in a good and balanced way. I didn’t realize until 2009 how out of balance I’d been. One example is that after suffering with chronic migraines for nearly 20 years, this is the year I cured them — on my own, without the help of western medicine. I fixed the imbalance in my inner and outer world that had been troubling me since I was young.
    In 2010, I plan to be much more engaged in bringing about the changes I sort of only dreamed of this year — more along the lines of career and love. I do know this: life is very, very good and keeps getting better every day.

  • Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    Reflection is one of my three main principals to what I believe makes a person happy. When we reflect on our lives we get to step back and see the full picture. Sometimes we are just too close to really enjoy it.

    I’ve done a lot of great things, but my greatest is my son. He is my shining star. My second greatest is my blog and the community I’ve created.

    I’ve also done some lousy stuff. Well, maybe not lousy, but not very good. I’m ready to start making money on my blog. I’m reflecting on how to make it a reality in 2010.

  • Tess The Bold Life

    I think the biggest thing for us was my husband losing his job in Arpil. We have so changed our lives since then. To think we could build his own practice to full time work in 8 months is mind blowing. I believe it speaks to what kind of person he is and the quality he brings to his work.

    One thing we decided to do back in April was to step up all of our spiritual principles. The results and the changes we’ve seen in ourselves are nothing short of miracles. Thanks for the reminder of reflecting on 2009 and I’ll add to that giving thanks! Happy Holidays.

  • Stacey Shipman

    Lance – Wow, thank you for that reminder of what I wrote last year. Yes, it was a year of freedom…

    Judy – Thank you for commenting! You always know just what to say. “Jingle Bells” to you! :-)

    Evita – Have fun in Grenada…sounds like a great place to do some reflecting :-) Enjoy!

    Megan – we are on similar paths…feels good to heal the old wounds doesn’t it?

    Karl – I love that your greatest accomplishment is your son..that is so beautiful!

    Tess – That is amazing – to grow to full time work in 8 months…congratulations to both of you for seeing through the challenging times! Best to you in 2010.

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