Reflecting and Dreaming

Post by Heather Shafer for the Kind Kindred series.

Hey Inspiring Souls!

How are you all doing? I can’t believe it’s been months since my last guest post on here! Time sure has flown by, hasn’t it?

For many of us I know we are already with one foot in the year coming up. However I think it’s really important to take a little time to reflect and celebrate on the year that is coming to a close.

May you find peace in what was and may your dreams for what’s to come unfold beautifully (even if they don’t always look the way you think they should!).

Reflecting on the year…

My favorite thing to do has been to write a letter to the year coming to a close – thanking it and sort of highlighting bits of it. The prompts below will help you with this. You can start it with: Dear 2014, You have been…

  1. Gather your favorite photos from the year (and/or one from each month). Print some of them out and put them in a journal. Write a little bit – a word or a few words etc. about each one. We always think we will remember but we don’t always! 
  2. Do a free write of what this year brought into your life (or even out of your life) 
  3. List your highlights of the year (and or blessings) 
  4. List your struggles of the year 
  5. List your lessons learned from this year 
  6. My greatest gift(s) this year 
  7. My greatest struggle(s) this year 
  8. Favorite books, shows, foods, events, moments etc. 
  9. Small wins from this year 
  10. My word of this year was, it unfolded and or got stuck by

Dreaming of the year ahead… 

  1. Create a brain dump list of what you want from this next year. Put whatever comes to mind on it. This is not your final list, simply a starting point. You can either use your list as a diving in point, look for themes in the things you said you wanted (What is the heart feeling, the core of what that would bring you?) and/or you can create a list of Heart Resolutions and check it with your brain-dump list, then start extracting the things that align with your heart resolutions. 
  2. Create a Pinterest board with Inspirations, resources, ideas etc. for the year coming up. If it feels too personal make it a secret board. 
  3. Explore these prompts. Put yourself in early 2015 and finish these sentences: This year I want to do, create, explore, experience, accomplish, feel. And/or put yourself in late 2015 around this time of year. What do you want to have created, accomplished, felt, explored, or savored? 
  4. Start making notes to yourself, what I call Soul Notes – those things that tug at you, that keep coming up, the cravings you have. These will also be great clues into what you might want to create and more importantly how you want to feel. And what things, people, activities might support that. 
  5. Set aside time specifically for exploring, journaling, pondering and dreaming about this stuff. Carving out time and space for it with intention will be a conscious way to plan for the next year without future tripping and then leading to “shoulds” and anxiety. 
  6. If you could choose only say 3-5 bigger goals, what would they be? 
  7. Create an Inspiration List (as I like to call it these days!) – things I would love to do, explore, create etc. But they are not my resolutions or even goals, just simply a list that I can dive into when I feel pulled to do so! 
  8. And once you have a clearer picture of what it is you are seeking to create, make a vision board (or journal pages) with images and words that support what it is you want to create, experience, explore and so on! 

Remember these are just ideas, use them all or choose one or any combo in between. Do what feels right for you.

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Hi! I am Heather Shafer and I am a certified Dream Coach, and Holistic Life Coach, and Inspirationalist! I believe that connecting to our deepest and most creative Selves is critical to living our best, most powerful, lives. My purpose in life is to learn to express myself fully and authentically, and to teach and inspire others to do the same. My website features inspiring stories, tips and ideas to help you live an Inspired, Creative and Empowered life.

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