Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reflections 2011: The Complete List

I failed miserably at my month of reflections in December. Between sicknesses, travel, work, and holiday fun, I just didn't get a lot of time for reflection. I might come back to these throughout the beginning of 2012, though. This new year has brought with it a new sense of reflection for me, a new desire for transformation. I don't think I've ever felt anything quite like this before.

So, I'm sharing all the reflections here, today, in case you're interested in all of them. I'll be back soon with more stuff. I promise. I will be better this year. :)


1. What word best represents the year 2011? Is it a word you chose in advance, like the “One Little Word” project, or did the word “find” you during this past year? Why does this word represent this past year, and what did you learn in relationship to the word during 2011?

2. At the end of 2012, which word would you like to be able to say represented the year for you? Why do you want that word to represent your year? What actions can you take to make that happen?

3. Which 2011 accomplishment are you most proud of? Why are you proud of that accomplishment? Can you build upon that accomplishment in 2012? If so, how will you do so?

4. Did you go anywhere new in 2011? Where was it - a new grocery store, a vacation spot, a new class, a new website? Describe this new place.

5. Where do you want to go in 2012? Is it a vacation spot, a new direction in your work or hobby, a new restaurant, or something else? Describe where you want to go. Tell us why you want to go there. How could you - or your creative life - benefit from going somewhere new?

6. What held you back from achieving your goals in 2011? How can you make sure it doesn’t stop you in 2012?

7. What are your goals for 2012? What are your obligations in 2012? How can you mesh the two of these together?

8. Who or what did you say goodbye to this year? How did this separation affect you? What did you learn from it?

9. Which beliefs did you re-examine this year? How did your beliefs stand up against this re-examining?

10. Traditions are established through repetition. What did you do this year that you hope to repeat until it becomes a tradition? What made this experience worthy of becoming a tradition?

11. What traditions in your life might need re-examining? Why?

12. List the roles you currently play in the lives of others. Elaborate on these roles if you wish.

13. Review the list of roles you created yesterday. How might this list change in 2012? Will you be adding or subtracting any roles to this list? Explain.

14. Describe someone who has played a significant role in your life in 2011.
15. What was the best gift you received in 2011? What made it so special?

16. What was the best gift you gave in 2011? Why do you feel that gift was so special?

17. What’s on your Christmas list this year?

18. What do you do to document your life, your memories, or your ideas? How has your process evolved over the past year? How might it evolve in 2012?

19. What creative pursuits do you enjoy? What did you create through those creative pursuits this past year?

20. How can you take your creative pursuits to a whole new level in 2012? Taking a class, trying a new technique, trying a new creative outlet?

21. What did you make in 2011 that you are truly proud of? Whether it is a pan of brownies or a critically-acclaimed work of art, you’ve made something wonderful. Tell us about it.

22. What was the most beautiful thing you heard this year?

23. What was the most beautiful thing you saw this year?

24. Were you naughty or nice? Write a letter explaining your behavior over this past year, to Santa, someone else, God, or yourself.

25. Simply take a moment to document this day.

26. Who has served you in a practical way in 2011? How can you show your gratitude to them in 2012?

27. Who have you served in a practical way in 2011? How did you do it? Why? What did you learn from this experience?

28. Who can you serve in a practical way in 2012? How will you go about serving?

29. Describe your best day in 2011.

30. What are you saying hello to in 2012?

31. Tell me, me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver

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