OF THE YEAR
spent at Hotel Le Germain Toronto Mercer
So I realized this year that every January for the past 6 - 7 years, I've gone through the same steps to track the year past and prepare for the year ahead. I think that continuous behaviour definitely constitutes the 'ritual' moniker - so I thought I would share what I do at the beginning of every year. Typically, I set-up camp on the main dining table in wherever we happen to be living, and go through my 'books' and do my thing. But this year, we were fortunate enough to be invited to spend our first weekend of 2018 with our Le Germain family, at the Mercer Street property in downtown Toronto. So with a warm cappuccino from Victor Restaurant in hand, Monika and I spent a wonderful session of reflecting, celebrating, and planning for the new year.
One of my favourite traditions is going through my Instagram feed, month-by-month, and then compiling my annual Year in Review. Because I choose to share my best moments on my feed, this is a great opportunity to reflect on all the good that came from the year past.
And then on a more personal note, I go through my day-planner (which I religiously keep up-to-date, no matter what) and chronicle both the challenges and the victories per month. This is all tabulated in a secondary, annual book I've also kept through the years! This truly allows an in-depth reflection of my past year.
By going through my day-planner month by month and tracking everything that happened (big and small), it really allows me a chance to be grateful + appreciative for all the different "high"s of the year past. For 2017, this included moving to Toronto, working on major campaigns, celebrating my second wedding anniversary, and working professionally on Endoxist.com!
Once all of the looking back is complete, I turn to my newly purchased agenda papers and plan ahead for the year to come. This includes tracking both traditional milestones (like birthdays and anniversaries) and also past victories (last year on this day, we went to Montreal). This year, this also included a ton of content + travel planning, along with a few special surprises I am planning for myself! Yes you read that right, haha.
old action of pen on paper
is so therapeutic for me,
I can't imagine doing this any other way.
The beautiful thing is that you don't need a day-planner or annually-updated books to join in these rituals. Scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed to reflect, celebrate your personal victories in whatever way you wish, and plan for your future with goal setting. This exercise really puts me in the right mindset to tackle the year. Do you have your own annual rituals?