Christmas is only a few days away and you know what that means? The year of 2016 is ending in a few days!! Sure the presents and hot cocoas are exciting, but at this time of year, I couldn't help but to reflect on the past 12 months and what I've done with them. (Boo, nerd. Lol. Whatever.)
Oh the regrets. Lol.
I like reflecting on the past year and writing down my hopes for the new year though, because I do not believe in living impulsively without any direction. And I believe that in order to know where you're going, you need to know where you are, and where you've been.
If I've learned anything from doing this for the past decade is that you cannot be too specific or too vague. It can't be like, "I want to be a better person" or "I want to be happier". It has to include some specifics but not too detailed. Something like, "I want to spend more time with my family" or "I want to travel overseas at least once this year without a credit card debt".
I do not like to call them "New Years Resolutions", because we usually fail to follow through with our resolutions by January 15. In fact, I just read my 2016 list and 80% of them didn't happen! It's like the very things I said I was going to work on are the very things I sucked at this year. So I'm gonna do this : put my hopes for the 4 major aspects of my life (personal, spiritual, financial, relational) in a time capsule and pray about them.
It's not something that you are obligated to achieve, like goals. It's not a pledge, like resolutions. It's simply a list of things you pray for and hope for the next year. Mine would include paying off our car debt and getting J to excel in speech and social skills as well as spirituality for sure.
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Print it, fill it up, fold it, put it in an envelope, and place it somewhere safe. In a year from now, preferably on Thanksgiving of 2016, open it, read it and see if there's any box you can tick off the list :) I'm sure there will be at least 1 or 2. The ones that haven't come to pass yet, well, save them for the year after. Because that's the beauty about hopes : you can always keep them alive.
Happy Time-Capsuling, my friends! Let me know what you think :)