A Year in Review….with Loving Gratitude

What was the year 2011 like for you?  Is it easier to remember the bad times and difficult to even find the good ones?  After the busyness of the holidays, it can be a challenge to even remember what we did at the beginning of December!

As an active and positive practice, I go through an activity each year end to acknowledge all the things I am grateful for from the prior year.  I actually go through my appointment calendar and it helps me reflect what I did on a monthly basis.  Work achievements, personal achievements, vacations, goals met, ah ha moments, first time activities….. they were all there.  It even sparked some creative thoughts and wonderful memories as well.

This activity gave me the opportunity to see the good in this past year. That’s the key here….I was looking for the good.  Believe me, there were some challenging times, but this activity has me shift to positive thinking.   It seems that with each year of life, I gain so much more wisdom.  I believe that is the part of learning lessons from the difficult times.

Here are some suggestions to move through this activity yourself and review your year, as you embark on a new 2012:

1. Go through a calendar or planner for 2011.  Walk your steps again. Write down your experiences and activities and what you accomplished and are grateful for.

2. Acknowledge yourself for the experiences.  Look for the good.  If something was difficult, ask yourself what was the lesson learned.

3. Close your eyes and relive the positive experiences.  You can feel the warm positive feelings again and again.

4. Feel the loving gratitude for all your experiences.  You were blessed with an amazing life and the more grateful you are, the more blessings that will come your way.

I ended up with three pages when I did this activity.  It made me feel good.  It also gave me a feeling of closure for the year of 2011.  As I move into the New Year, I can now take this feeling with me as I embark on all the new experiences ahead of me for 2012!

Blessings to you for a heartfelt review of your 2011 and an enlightening 2012!


  1. Love this idea. Luckily for me I guess, I tend to remember the good times and not the bad. I’ve kept all of my planners for years, and it is so gratifying to go through them. 2011 was a really good year and 2012 will be even better! 🙂

    • Good for you Dale for being on the lookout for the good! Yes, I would say that you had a great 2011. It was a joy to witness good things with you this year and I’m looking forward to mighty great things in 2012 🙂

  2. LOVE This! I think people gravitate toward the negative and it is much more important to reflect on the good. My motto for 2011 was “No matter what happened I would embrace the situation, accept it and move on.” It was a very trying year but has ended with hope and optimism for 2012! Thank you for sharing this post!!!

    • Thank Connie for your inspirational comments! You always elude hope and optimism and I’m sure you will manifest great things in 2012 🙂

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