Reflecting On The Last Year

Well what a year!

Every day offers a new beginning, and a new year brings a fresh start, a new opportunity to make the most of what lies ahead. The year that has just been, has thrown our plans into turmoil, shook our foundations and tore up any expectations we may have had. But we made it. Not without some changes, unexpected challenges and some disappointments, but we have made it.

Lets not write off 2020 just yet. It is the year that brought us unexpected life lessons and before we move head first into 2021, it may be worth reflecting on what 2020 has taught us.

  • We have had more time at home - Less commuting, furlough, working from home. Whatever work has thrown at us, we have certainly spent more time at home. We have learned to appreciate our homes, our gardens if we are lucky to have them and our neighbourhoods. We have reassessed how we use our spaces, upgrading and decorating or even planning to move, with a greater focus on our needs for a comfortable home life.

  • We discovered hobbies - Banana bread? Sourdough? Indoor plants? The list of hobbies we have taken up is endless and many of them have enabled us to tap into creativity that has been put to one side for many years.

  • We became technical - House party, Webex meetings, Zoom yoga, we have done it all. We have learned new skills and pivoted so sucessfully that we may never return to how things were before

  • We focused on our wellbeing - although not everyone has had the time, money or space to focus on wellbeing, the wider conversation in the media and from employers has recognised the need for people to take time to focus on the physical, emotional and mental health.

  • We connected - Although often virtually, we spent more time connecting with those people who are important to us.

  • We home schooled - As stressful as I am sure it was for many, we had the opportunity to see our children's strengths and weaknesses, get to know what they enjoy (and what they don't!) and this has hopefully helped to strengthen and nurture the relationship between parent and child, as well as finding a greater appreciation for teachers!

  • We cooked - Lockdown forced us to rediscover our kitchens and start to prepare more food at home. Discovering old cookbooks, hidden talents and understanding what we are putting into our bodies.

  • We discovered hidden places - With no travel we were forced to explore our own backyards. We found new walks in our villages and towns and when lockdown eased we started to explore the UK, finding some hidden gems right on our doorstep.

2020 has been a year full of changes and challenges but I hope that it has also been a year full of moments filled with joy and happiness. Maybe take some time before the end of the year to review where you started and where you are now. Below are some prompts and questions to help you with your reflections. Use them as they are or add in your own questions as you delve into the year that was so unexpected and unprecedented:

  • What did I learn this year?

  • What small moments of joy did I learn to appreciate?

  • What no longer serves me?

  • What did I overcome?

  • Where could I do better?

  • What am I proud of?

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