At this time of year, it’s easy to be so busy tidying up loose ends that we don’t take time to reflect on the year that’s finishing. Instead, we move straight into anticipating and planning for the year ahead.

But if we don’t take some time to reflect, we miss out on the opportunity to celebrate what we’ve achieved, absorb what we’ve learned, and understand how we’ve changed.

This year, why not give yourself a gift of thirty minutes of quiet reflection? Take longer if you can. Find a nice spot with good coffee, or your drink of choice. Bring your notebook and pen. I favour a soft cover Moleskine with dot grid pages, and a Staedtler fine liner.

List some of the things that have happened this year in your work and your life. Draw it as a river if you like a visual metaphor.

Which of those things would you like to quietly celebrate?
Which have helped you learn something?
Which are moments to savour for their juiciness?

How have you changed this year? What kind of chapter has it been in the bigger story of your life and work?

Wishing you a safe, joyful, and reflective holiday.