I love this time of year, just after Christmas and before New Year. Having the space to potter about, reflect on the year gone by and think about the year to come. For me it's always such a calm time, even with my four children at home. I think my mind knows that it can slow down, reflect and plan without the usual busyness of everyday life.
There are three things that I love to do during this special time and I wanted to share them with you today to inspire your end of 2017 too.
Write Yourself A Letter To Open At The End Of 2018
I have been doing this for a few years now thanks to my sweet and wise friend Renie, who first introduced me to the idea.
Find some time to sit down and write yourself a letter that you will open at the end of 2018. Where do you hope you will be in 12 months time? What do you hope you will achieve in this coming year?
Are there people you want to make sure you see? Places you want to visit? How are you going to look after yourself in 2018?
What are you big goals for the year?
What books do you want to read? Is there anything that you want to make?
It is a wonderful way to dream big about the coming year and have a lovely thing to open at the end of it.
Hang Up Your 2018 Wishes Or Goals
I love doing this activity with the whole family. We make little tags (or use ones left over from Christmas!) and write our wishes or goals on them and then hang them up on our little wishing tree.
You don't need a tree to do this though. You could hang them on some twigs or a piece of wire/string. Or you could put them on the fridge door or you could have a 2018 wish jar and all pop them in there.
It's so nice to sit round together and talk about the things you would love to do in the new year. I really try to listen to my children's wishes and then book in time to make them happen. If their wishes are way too extravagant then try to think together about things that are more achievable.
Choose Your Word For 2018
Having a word for your year is such a great way of maintaining focus. I find that it helps to ground me and I can keep returning to my centre point all the way through the year.
I shared this activity in my Makelight Advent project but you may not have had chance to do it. I haven't thought of my word for 2018 yet but I am working through this great little course by the ever inspiring Susannah Conway.
I also really love this book for some new year journalling and reflecting.
Happy New Year
Thank you so much for following along with Makelight this past year. I have so many wonderful and exciting things planned to share with you in 2018. I really can't wait to get stuck in.
I wish you a very Happy New Year! xo
If you would like to join Makelight in 2018 we would absolutely love to welcome you!