We’re officially two months into 2018, where January seemed to last a year and February passed in two days. So now is a great time to check-in with yourself, where you’re at, and where you’re heading into March and April. It’s journalling time!
Do the goals you made at the start of the year still feel good to you, or have your desires changed? Are you liking where you’re headed, or is it time to change tack a little bit and set another course? Where do you want to go from here?
Find a quiet spot, and set aside at least half an hour. Put on some music that makes you feel all jazzy, make a tea, or coffee, or a wine (whatever, we don’t judge). Feel free to jump around and answer whatever questions call to you. You do not have to complete them all.
Let’s do this.
- Take a moment to reflect on the first two months of 2018. Free write at least a paragraph, blurting out anything that comes to mind, without thinking about it too much.
- What is your single favourite memory from these past two months?
- What was something you did that made you feel really proud of yourself? With your answer, try talk about it the way your friend would talk about your achievement. Take a few sentences to really brag about it!
- Was there any particular difficult moments that occurred? How does the memory of that feel now? Where do you feel it?
- What was your favorite thing you did by yourself? What did you do?
- What was your favorite day spent with someone else? Who were you with? What did you do?
- How was your quality of connection with others these past few months? Did you feel connected to your community and seen and heard by those around you?
- What people did you spend most of your time with? How did you feel after spending time with these people?
- Did any conflicts or differences in opinion arise in your relationships? How did you move through them?
- What is something you did for yourself over these past few months to really take care of yourself and your needs?
- What caused you stress over these last few months? Where in your body did/ do you feel that stress?
- Who or what did you find yourself thinking about a lot?
- Are there any resentments, expectations, comparisons toward others that are taking valuable energy from you? Write a few sentences, and if you find you have been draining a great deal of thought energy toward others, take a moment to centre yourself and say ‘I call back all my power to me, now. I release that which is not mine.’
- What intentions did you set for yourself at the start of the year that don’t really feel that aligned anymore? What can you give myself permission to release, now?
- On that note, where in your life have you put unnecessary pressure on yourself? Are there some expectations/ tasks/ commitments that you can allow yourself to let go of?
- How was your relationship with your body these past two months?
- What was your relationship with pleasure?
- In what ways did you feel loved over these past two months?
- Are there any intentions you set at the start of the year that could use with some tweaking/ realignment?
- What is something you would like to see more of appear in your life over the next few months?
- What do you need from your community, or close friends, or partner, moving forward? How can you ask for it?
- Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
- What do you want your everyday life to be like?
- Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
- What is your personal mantra/ affirmation for the next two months?
When you feel satisfied and complete with the questions, take a minute to sit, breathe, and ground into the conversation you just had with yourself. Gently close your eyes and take some unhurried, deep breaths. Then put your hands over your heart, one over the other, and squeeze your arms at your sides, like you are giving yourself a big giant hug. Exhale. Sit with it. With love and reverence, allow the first two months of the year to drift away from you, like a paper boat floating away across a lake, until it has drifted so far away from you it disappears. It’s done now. That’s it. You did the best you could with what you had, and now that chapter is over.
Take a big deep breath, breathing in March, and with it the clean air of fresh possibilities. And say “I’m ready for ya, motherfucker!”
Feature image: Aislin Wallick