Reflection #9: Hello, 2018!

Hello friends, it has been a year since my last post and two years since I created INFJash. The last time I wrote to you, I created a list of five special experiences from 2016 and five goals for 2017. I would like to share again today, but first must apologize for my absence. The past year was very busy and required intense focus on my immediate challenges. In what felt like the fleeting moments that I had a break, I tried to slow time by seeking out fulfilling experiences that demanded I focus on the present moment.

As 2017 came to a close and I accomplished my challenges, I reflected on the year with a desire to slow down and make the most of my free moments. Having my mental health put to the test through a year full of stress, demanding deadlines, anxiety, self-defeating thoughts and panic attacks has created a passionate drive for how I want 2018 to unfold.

As many of us know, when a person seeks wellness they need to look at multiple dimensions including: physical, mental, social, spiritual, emotional, and many more. My overarching goal for 2018 is to focus on creating a better awareness of my level of wellness and strengthening it. Though 2017 depleted me greatly, there were many special moments. Some of these special moments were the completion of 2017’s goals!

Five Special Experiences of 2017:

  1. My partner and I found a wonderful apartment to live in.
  2. I spent a beautiful autumn day in Pembina Valley ziplining with my mom.
  3. I experienced many wonderful moments visiting with my family and friends.
  4. I started a bullet journal and am exploring my creativity.
  5. I successfully completed my Bachelor of Human Ecology Degree majoring in Family Social Sciences.

Five Goals for 2018:

  1. Post more on INFJash.
  2. Read for fun.
  3. Travel somewhere, anywhere.
  4. Complete Yoga with Adriene’s TRUE: 30 day yoga journey.
  5. Increase my wellness.

It is important to realize that you do not need the beginning of a year to create goals and make changes to increase your wellness. You are in control of your life and you can begin new practices or stop old routines whenever you decide. Sometimes the start of a year can feel like a clean break, a fresh start; but it is not necessary.

Stop, reflect, decide – how do you want your 2018 to unfold? If you ever struggle with making goals that you do not completing, take a look at my post on S.M.A.R.T. goals! Remember: “allow yourself to be a beginner, no one starts off being excellent”.

With love, my friends – be kind, be well, be you.
Shine on. ♥

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9 thoughts on “Reflection #9: Hello, 2018!

  1. I hope no one feels like you have to apologize for anything. This was a wonderful posy and it is good to sense the optimism and hope in your writing. I great you welcome in the new year and I wish for you it will be a beautiful and wonderful one. I’ve started bulletjournaling as well. Maybe we coukd share ideas and designs someday. Hugs.

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  2. I’m doing Adriene’s True series too! First two days down, and I feel great. I love Adriene’s enthusiasm and fun personality. She makes yoga a blast.
    Can’t wait to read more of your upcoming posts! 🙂

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    1. She is so wonderful!! 🙂 I also love seeing her pets. Benji looks exactly like my parents blue heeler. My mom actually sent Adriene a picture and she agreed! 😂 Thank you for your support despite my absence. 💜

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  3. Reading how your 2017 unfolded and your hopes for 2018 truly remind me so much of myself and what the past year was like for me. I too have explored starting a bullet journal! It’s such a nice outlet. Here’s to a great 2018!

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        1. I browse Pinterest a lot too! I usually use a monthly spread drawing out a calendar month then a page beside it with habit tracker and daily gratitude. Then I do weekly spread with one week on one page but haven’t been able to find a lot of variety for those so they usually stay the same. I’ve never tried a daily, I feel like I wouldn’t have time to make it look nice as I have to catch up on my weekly sometimes. Then I will add in random pages on random topics of interest. Always enjoy hearing/seeing others ideas and inspirations!

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