Happy New Year!

Almost all the leaves have fallen.

Almost all the leaves have fallen.

Happy New Year! As I've grown older, I get more excited about setting New Year's goals. This past year saw a lot of changes in my life. I moved twice, leaving my roommate of five years, and I've left my coworking space. I'm also in between churches. It's almost like I'm planning to move, but I don't know where to go yet. And all this moving originated when I was looking for place to settle into more permanently. It hasn't been my favorite year, and I'm starting the new one feeling adrift.

As I look ahead to 2016, I have many goals. Most of them are writing projects, including publishing several children's books that I'm working on with a friend and editing the mystery novel that I wrote in November. I'll also be releasing my memoir about living overseas for two years as a missionary on March 1st.

For the past 5 years or so, I've used the {well} studio's reflect + refocus worksheets to reflect on both the year behind and the year ahead. There's one page to look back on what's happened in 2015, and a second page to point me toward goals for 2016. There are many great free New Year's planning resources on the web, but I like this one because it's very simple, it points me to what God has done in the past year, and it helps me focus on my overall goals for the next year not just for my business, but for my friends and my non-work life.

Some of the categories for the "reflect" portion of the worksheets.

Some of the categories for the "reflect" portion of the worksheets.

I've also signed up for the Abbey of the Arts free "Give Me a Word" course. Many people choose a word for the year to inspire and/or challenge themselves. I've done this for the past 2 years, but I have trouble remembering my word for the year. But I'm giving it another try this year.

If you are serious about reflecting and making New Year's goals, Susannah Conway has a great (free) workbook. I printed it out and took it with me when I visited my cousin in El Paso last January, and I worked on it while I was out taking photographs at White Sands.

I'm still thinking about my goals and where God is directing me this next year. It might take all of January. If I had my own place, I would have friends over to burn things I'm ready to leave behind. 

What do you do to prepare for the New Year? Do you have any favorite rituals?