10 Prompts to Bid 2013 Farewell

by Sara Marchessault

This one will be short but sweet. Here we are, at the end of the year, December 30th. In two days a brand New Year will begin and we’ll be in the midst of dreaming, intention-setting, and planning all of the wonderful things we’ll be doing in 2014.

If you’re at all a dreamer, you may have already started to let your brain meander down the path of possibilities. It’s a nice change of pace from planning gifts and holiday meals, right? Farewell to 2013

Before you jump too far into the pool of 2014, the journal-writer in me wants to share with you a few suggestions for closing our 2013. It’s time to say farewell to this year, take what lessons we can, and move forward into the future.

So, grab your journal (or a set of notecards, a voice recorder, etc.), a cup of something hot and tasty, and curl up to give yourself a little down time.

  • List each month of the year and see what events you can remember from each one. Holiday, birthday, and anniversary celebrations that stand out, important events at work, meeting new people, leaving old relationships. What happened to you this year?
  • What was your favorite season this year? What was special about it?
  • What do you feel that you are holding onto this year in a grudging or negative way? What does holding onto it do for you? What would letting go of it do for you?
  • As the year is coming to a close, how do you feel complete?
  • As the year is coming to a close, how do you feel incomplete?
  • Did you write down a list of intentions for 2013? How do you feel as you review that list?
  • What are three experiences that stand out to you this year that have lead to your personal growth?
  • What color do you feel best describes this year for you and why?
  • How did you celebrate your birthday this year?
  • What did you plan for someone else this year that felt amazing to do?


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