In some ways this year has gone way too fast, even though at times this summer it felt like it was creeping along. I said to someone recently that I wanted to relive my first year of this decade (my 60’s) since I feel like I missed it with COVID, but then realized, I’m fully into my 61st year. Time to take stock!
Maybe because I did them for so long in my career, at this time of year I feel the need to do an end of the year review. I set up a two main elements back in January: Courage as my WOTY (Word of the Year) and a 21 for 21 Action Plan (link here) which included new experiences tracking (goal 101), new recipes tracking (goal 52), and books read tracking (goal 52) plus a number of my Putting Positive Psychology into Practice Tenets.
My innate negative nature (I do work on the positive!) makes me view the misses first when I do an Action Plan review. I know I need to give myself some grace – COVID resurgence, Red Tide out of control, and we did have the Big Move. But still – the misses. One of my misses is I didn’t hit my 101 new experiences goal; I am at 85 with just over a month to the year left. Among those 85 are some amazing things (like the Sand-ovations this weekend – see my selfie with a crab kite!). I will continue to plan and do new things next year. (I’m working on getting a group to do a belly dancing class in January!) Other misses include: I didn’t create my signature dish, host outdoor dinner gatherings on our patio, nor do many day trips. I think all three things will be on next year’s plan. I didn’t learn to play chess; this activity has been on my list for years – what’s preventing me from doing it? I have not activated the “Someday I Wills” (that was a BIG part of my WOTY!) and again I do not know what is preventing this – especially getting out on my SUP. I have not planned our next “post-COVID” trip (but do hope to begin that thinking soon).
But even with that surge of negative thinking, I’m very happy with how much of my 21 for 21 Action Plan I did accomplish! Beyond completing the Big Move, we also updated the kitchen and I planted a bunch of portico pots, learning about local flora along the way. I’ve kept up with yoga and Zumba, continued my morning journaling, worked on my mindset shift (working on being positive), and executed regular connects with friends near and far. Recently I’ve started a new area of learning – feminist writing. I have a conundrum here: do I publish controversial blog posts on this topic as insight in this area can be polarizing?
All in all, I’m calling this a 19 of 21 “completion” rate! And if you’re wondering, my tracking shows 40 new recipes and 100 books read so far this year, so more reading than cooking during this on-going pandemic. I’m going to continue my end-of-the-year review with these favorite journal prompts I found:
- What 3 words best describe your year?
- What 5 things are you most grateful for this year?
- What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
- What new skills did you learn / topics did you learn about?
- Did you form any new good habits this year?
I’m not sure if I’ll do a 22 for 22 Plan or return to my retirement lifestyle vision framework: Active/Body, Connected/Heart, Creative/Soul, Contemplative/Mind. What’s nice about 22 for 22 is you can check things off and I love check lists! What’s nice about the framework is the link of activities to my vision statement.
I have all of December to finish my end-of-the-year review (including “celebrate the wins” – number 21 on my 21 for 21 list!), contemplate which approach to take for 2022, and to decide on a WOTY or not.
Do you have an end-of-the-year review/new year plan approach?
Picture credit: a rare selfie. At the local beach Sand Sculpture Festival with fun kites everywhere, too.