Do you have a private journal? If not, perhaps you should think about starting one. Journaling can be a safe and therapeutic way to relax. It's also a wonderful tool to use when you need words of encouragement. Use your journal to read about a time when things were different in order to lift your spirits or be thankful for your life in the present.
Challenge: Write down the things you're thankful for each year, and compare them to the year prior. What's different? What changed? Here's my list. I'm starting this year, too.
In 2014, I am thankful for...
My Family. Being a mom can be difficult, but the reward is amazing. I'm also grateful to have a supportive husband and best friend. My parents, brothers, and niece are a huge part of my life, and I'm happy to be living closer to them this year.
My job. Since beginning my work as a Christian Educator, I have the opportunity to make it part of my daily life experience to reflect. I'm also utilizing my degree, talents, and I'm growing as a professional. My love for teaching and confidence while leading is growing. It's awesome.
Being a Birth Doula and having an awesome support system of other doulas. As a birth doula, I meet and support women during one of the most important, challenging, life-altering, and spiritual experiences a woman can have. I am proud to be training with an organization that provides doulas, numerous other resources, and birth professionals for all women who want and need support.
Good luck with your reflections!
May your holiday season be filled with joy and happiness.