Sasee Reflects…Preparing for a Happy New Year

By Leslie Moore

Welcome to 2018!

The party is over and a good time was had by all. A new day – and New Year – has dawned! New Year’s Day is a wonderful time to plan and reflect on what YOU want from the upcoming year.

Sasee has a few suggestions to get you started. Grab a pretty journal or notebook and your favorite pen, or open your laptop or iPad.

Now get comfortable, take a few deep breaths and reflect on the many blessings you experienced in the past year. Maybe write down a few – or a lot! After spending as much time as you need on gratitude, now let’s think about the future.

If you are doing this exercise with a partner or as a family, lead with love, share a hug and give thanks for the people in your life.

Write one financial goal for the year.Maybe you want to pay off that credit card or maybe your partner wants to save for a special vacation. Kids can have financial goals as well. Saving allowance money or brainstorming ways to make more is a great exercise for children. That special video game or new phone can become a reality with a little planning. Weekly and monthly goals can be posted in a public place to keep everyone accountable.

Choose one professional goal.Are you hoping for a promotion at work? Or even a new career? Do this even if you are retired. Maybe you would like to start a new volunteer job? How can your skills benefit others in your community? Expand on this one until you feel complete.

How do you see family life in the coming year?Is there one area that’s been a little chaotic? Maybe talk about how important it is to eat dinner together at least a couple of times a week or spend one evening a week watching a movie together or playing a game. This is another opportunity to really focus on what you appreciate in each other.

When everyone is finished with these three goals, your notebook should have quite a few pages filled.Now it’s time to focus on you. Go to a clean page or open a new document.

Write down three goals you would like to accomplish in the coming year.Don’t make these too hard – set yourself up for success!Taking your lunch to work even once a week is a big success if you’ve been used to eating fast food every day. You get the idea.

Now, again, reflect on your many blessings, but this time, pretend you are writing this on New Year’s Day in 2019.Make it fun and use your imagination. The sky is the limit. What did you do in 2018? List your successes as if they have already happened. Be specific. Take your time and fill up two or three pages. Smile while you’re writing.

Take these suggestions and make them your own! Enjoy! And remember the sky is the limit!

Happy New Year!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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One Response to “Sasee Reflects…Preparing for a Happy New Year”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    Leslie this is a great idea, one I employed when I started writing. My first “annual” goal was to publish ten pieces: five for publication, five for payment. I haven’t stopped yet.

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