It’s day two of the annual New Year for a New You series with me, Lisa Jacobs! Welcome back for your next dose of review and reflection. If this is your first year joining me, here’s how it works: I’ll offer you a new list of prompts and review questions every day through Tuesday, January 2.
:: Day 1
:: Day 2 (you’re here)
:: Day 3
:: Day 4
:: Day 5
:: Day 6
:: Day 7
Each day, I answer the same questions and post them as examples. You’ll find my thoughts from the previous day before the next set of prompts are issued. If you want to blog your answers as well, I’d love to read them. Please link up in the comments below or use #yby2018 on social.
At whatever place you start or pace you take, I’m honored you’re here.
Yesterday, we started with a list of ten questions to help us appreciate 2017. I answered these questions as examples when I wrote Your Best Year 2018, but it’s been a few months. I’m grateful for the chance to fill them out again.
Here are my answers …
:: What was time very well spent this year?
I spent a lot of time catching up with myself, my work load, and my family. This has been a whirlwind of a year, one of acclimation, adjustment and achievement for me. If I had to describe 2017 in three words, they would be: got it done.
Any time invested that resulted in completion and tasks crossed off was time very well spent this year.
:: What was money very well spent this year?
I invested in professional services (to support me in both business and personal life), richer experiences, and things we needed in order to enhance our quality of life. All money very well spent.
:: What are your favorite memories of 2017?
New adventures! A quick getaway to Charleston, SC with my family, seeing my firstborn daughter get her first job and her driver’s license, driving to Cape Cod, MA for summer vacation, workshopping in my home town, taking an overnight trip to a casino with my husband, visiting New York with my friend Kara, getting to know my neighbors (lovely women who inspire and support), and learning how to ski!
:: What did you accomplish or complete this year?
I completed three books (Marketing Playbook, Your Best Year 2018: Business, Your Best Year 2018: Life)! I settled myself and our family into our new home, acclimated to the new expenses, and overcame the overwhelm of it all. I crossed almost all things off my “next level” list.
:: Did you make any progress on long-term goals?
I built assets for my business and developed systems and a website that will serve me for years to come. I front-loaded projects and made tough choices in hopes of creating an easier life.
:: What felt successful about the year, as a whole?
I found courage and took action. I stepped into my power.
:: Did you overcome any obstacles or mental blocks this year?
I went to battle with my fears this year. I barrel-rolled through the things that scared me, as though it were my only way out.
:: What did you learn about yourself after all that happened in 2017?
This, from J.K. Rowling:
Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
:: Who nurtured or supported you most this year?
My husband, my husband, my husband! My four loving children! My dearest friends in both business and life, Bonnie (Going Home to Roost) and Kara (Boho Berry). The Luminaries Club! Good neighbors who quickly became good friends.
:: Who did you enjoy nurturing and supporting?
I was in self-preservation mode this year. I love and adore my family, and I feel like some years, it’s been all about them. I spent a lot of time this year keeping up with my tasks, to-do lists, and obligations. 2017 felt very all about me, and I’m learning how to be okay with that (it’s a real part of stepping into personal power). I’m going to channel my previous efforts into self-care practices for 2018. My goal is to first refill my cup, and then better serve others in a wholesome and authentic way.
Here is a list of questions for today’s review
Enjoy some alone time in a quiet space (a journal or day planner from 2017 will come in handy, if you have one) and write down your answers to the following questions.
- What was time wasted this year?
- What was money wasted this year?
- What was the biggest challenge you faced this year?
- If anything, what would you change about how you handled that challenge?
- Are you ending the year with any unfinished business?
- Are there any outstanding goals you’d like to let go of?
- What was your worst setback in 2017?
- Which bad habits or unhealthy patterns did you engage in that you’d like to give up once and for all?
- What or whom held you back this year? Did anything make you shrink into yourself or feel defensive about your dreams?
- How did you hold yourself back this year? Which beliefs | ideas | excuses stopped you from pushing forward?
Thank you for joining me on Day 2 of this 7-day series! See you tomorrow with a new list of prompts, plus my example answers to today’s questions. It’s time to make your big dreams happen already.
Here’s to Your Best Year yet,