One of my pinterest pins had the following self reflection set of questions that I though was very interesting. So I sat down and began to answer the questions that were being asked and I thought that my answers and the website were worthy of sharing.
The website offers up 100 questions that are titled “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions” divided into 10 separate sections of 1o questions in each section.
The website & its questions can be seen here at Its All You Boo – By Author
I personally have sat down to undertake the challenge of answering Nadalie’s reflective questions as I feel that they will help to settle me in the year of 2019 after helping me to reflect on 2018.
In today’s daily blog post I will be looking at the first 10 questions of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions” – a set of questions that look at and reflect upon the year that has just past.
1. How do you feel about your last year?
2018 was a mixed bag of moments that helped to make up my 2018.
At the end of 2017 I vowed that I would return back to my long lost love of writing, that I would make an effort to write on a daily bases and that I would I would find it within myself to write at least once daily; this is when I found 750words.com.
When I was in the decision process of starting back at my writing I had applied to do my Bachelors Of Counselling; I knew that I had the yearn to do my bachelors but my yearn for my writing was stronger… at first & for 3 months I thought I could take on doing my bachelors and my writing… but I seriously under estimated the work load of both hearts yearns… I knew that I would have to choose been my love of writing and hearts desire to become a qualified Counsellor… so I thought I would do the next best thing and put my studies on hold… and pursue my love of writing… & at some point slowly edge my way back into my studies….. but at this very moment I still haven’t chose to return to my studies & I haven’t made the decision as of yet to when I will be.
Returning back to my love of writing was for me the best thing for me, I found a sense of calm in writing everyday… & I found that the more I wrote the better I felt both personally and within myself.
I took on other self growth challenges also, one being my yearn to write a blog… after joining an online writing group I took on a group challenge of a 365 day blogging challenge (which is what you are reading now).
Finally sitting down and putting my blog online was one of the scariest and most personal growth journeys that I have ever been on, trusting people with my inner thoughts and keeping to a daily writing schedule seemed to agree with me… but don’t be fooled this journey into writing about me & my life’s stories wasn’t the easiest of paths.
If I have to look back and say one thing about me starting back on my writing journey it would be this… “I should have started back at writing daily so much sooner than I did… the best decision that I made for myself was to find that the inner strength to start tapping away at my keyboard and trust in my heart to deliver what my soul had nurtured for so long.
2. Did your life change and/or stay the same in the last year? How?
As I wrote above in question 1 – 2018 was meant to be the beginning year of my Bachelors Of Counselling, the year that I would finally give myself the qualification that I had wanted to obtain for the longest of times.
Gaining my life long want of becoming a counsellor had been my number 1 goal for many a years… but I noticed that through my Diploma Of Counselling studies that I was being drawn to return to my writing… I then thought about pursuing my want to become a blogger (as a side line hobby) but as I went day by day into writing everyday ad eventually blogging I knew that my workload was getting long and heavy… even more so I knew that I had to make a choice between continuing my studies and my writing… so I put my studies on hold and began writing everyday.
I did make a decision to take back up my love of writing whilst a took a period of leave from studying… I had just the year previous finished my “Diploma Of Counselling” and was feeling just a little burned out and was looking for a small break.
Who knew that 2018 would lead me through to the year of finding myself through my writing… so yes 2018 was a year of change for me… I took on a personal journey of rediscovering my love of writing & finding my happy place in the process.
I have however not given up of my Bachelors Of Bachelors Of Counselling dream… I have for now found where it is that I want to be… my Bachelors dreams are still there but they are not my priority at this very moment.
3. List three of your “greatest hits” from last year.
When I read the words “greatest hits” I take this in a two folded way.
1. music and 2. what were my greatest achievements.
So music wise my top #3 2018 anthems were:-
My music anthems of 2018 may not necessarily have been born in the year of 2018… but they were the anthems that drove me throughout my years journey.
● “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” – Cher – Burlesque
A dedication to myself and writing journey that had me screaming that I am still here and have much to say… that by hell or by high water I was going to be heard.
● “ Catching My Breath, Piece By Piece, Because Of You “ – Kelly Clarkson – Kelly Clarkson & her heartthrob power ballads are songs that empower me through my self-growth and the rebuild of my scorned soul. Kelly Clarkson brings to me a great piece within myself, showing me that with the right person and warmest heart that I couldn’t rebuild myself by gaining inner strength and learning to lean on the love of my life who has pledged to my hearts lifelong support. – Because Of You is the backbone of my husband Steve who has stood beside me, without a wavering heart but with full commitment to us being 1. Even when times were tough you stood fast and worked tirelessly to prove you meant every vow in your pledge to me, all alone standing with me and beside me building us up Piece By Piece. Because of Steve I never strayed too far from the sidewalk (from his heart and our unity).
● ” Brave ” – Sara Bareilles – I love the lines Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out Honestly I wanna see you be brave… – I think it’s refreshing to hear people speak their truths whilst being brave in the deliverance of their thoughts and words & it’s even more refreshing that someone would ask someone to speak their mind rather than deterring a person from sharing their thoughts and feelings.
My top #3 greatest achievements were:-
● My number 1 accomplishment was putting my pen and keyboard into action & telling myself that written and thoughts should be written. Giving myself permission against all inner insecurities to find myself in my writings and thoughts
● My 77,000 plus word count accomplishment in my daily writes at 750words.com
● Meeting & maintain relationships with my fellow writing buddies at our “Sunday Night Writing Group” Platform. Being in contact with a majority of them in both a writing and personal level.
4. What are you most proud of? And why?
I am most proud of my personal journey and how it is that I not only gave myself permission to write everyday… but how I set out to offload my mind and souls thoughts and thinking’s and ended up finding a group of people that work along side each other and encourage each other no matter what journey they are on.
I am very proud that I stuck to my goal of 1 full year of writing… having almost completed my goal of one year… I am proud to say that I have the writing bug and have no intention in stopping my verbal daily blah blah blah’s anytime soon.
5. What was the biggest “boss level” challenge you faced?
My biggest “Boss Level” that I achieved throughout 2018 was facing my fears of writing again and telling myself that I needed to symbolically throw the sticky notes out the window and up-grade to a writing book or journal. In a sense telling myself to put on big girl panties and get on with it.
Personally my biggest “Boss Level” was in making piece with my inner struggles with my “Multiple Sclerosis” coming to terms with my limitations and allowing others in. Being honest with my struggles helped me to see my own backbones strength & in return this gave me the okay to have an off day from time to time without fearing the opinions or mindless chartering’s of others.
6. Would you have done anything differently?
Whilst 2018 wasn’t the easiest of journey’s, there were many hidden events and happening unfolding in my background life… I am pleased to say that the only thing that I would have done differently would be to have started my writing journey much soon than I did, and I certainly would not have procrastinated for 10 months in the wake of my blogs development.
7. What major life lessons did you learn?
Major life lessons are plentiful when you are struck down with a life altering ailment… being diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis hasn’t at all give me the skill of “patience” but what 2018 has taught me is the roar truth of who I am and who other want and perceive me to be.
Learning who is there and who sits in the wings has indeed been the hardest of lessons to learn. Letting others into my isolated mind and world has been for the hardest of lesson to learn… letting go of my need to be own self everything, allowing others in and allowing their hand to stretch out in a helping capacity is a world of lessons that I have had to grow into.
8. What were your “ah-ha” moments?
“ah- ha moments came in finding my stride and life’s barriers in many untold stories. I found myself in my daily writing’s and I was able to see the benefits that my writing’s were giving me.
My biggest kick ass ah-ha moments were in my self discovery… learning how my morally driven and strong willed nature was in fact ruling my life…. learning that my stresses in life were very much my own self’s fault… taking the worlds issues onto my shoulders and finding the answers to them had become what kept me from my own wants and needs. I was in fact my own instigator of my stresses and the holds that help me back from a calmer me.
I also learned that listening to my body and my mind would allow space for my own wants to come alive. Giving myself permission to take time out to write and find my hidden author (without thought or fear of other peoples thoughts or questions that had me questioning what do I get out of writing everyday & why would I want to write everyday?)… I had to remind myself that it is ok for me to follow my dreams, wants and desires & that I was entitled to find myself in my own life’s want and hobby.
9. Did you set goals for last year and did you achieve them?
My goal for 2018 was to sit in my own reflection and ask myself what it is that I wanted for me… sitting down and looking deep within myself and identifying what is that I truly want for me.
I don’t like making New Years Resolutions so I told myself back in November 2017 that the new year of 2018 would have me back at writing and filling my journal and poetry pages with my daily writes and thinking’s.
Starting a blog was in the winds … but I was yes no yes no in the design side of things… so if I was going to start a blog it would have happened in its own due course.
It wasn’t until I joined an online writing group and was presented with the idea of the groups members each having their own blog that would become a 365 Day Blogging Challenge that I actually say down and put my blogging wants into action.
so my 2018 goals were a personal journey goal list… that helped me to decided the following:-
– put my bachelors of counselling on hold or finish my qualification in 18 months.
– return to my love of writing in a daily write capacity.
– join a writing group or fellow writers to write along side.
– start, build & maintain a blog based on my interests and multiple sclerosis journey.
I am proud to say that I started and am continuing on in all my 2018 set goals and glad that I made the decisions that I did.
10. How did you achieve your goals? If you didn’t, what went exactly wrong?
I have always been a pretty headstrong and strong willed person… I knew that my writing was calling me.. and I knew that I wasn’t 100% in fulfilling my study wants… I felt that I was where my career wants wanted me to be, but ZI wasn’t at all being mindful in my personal wants and needs.
Building my goals was easy…. I told myself this is what I was going to do.
Fulfilling my goals… I thought that fulfilling my goals would have me getting so far into my writing… I figured that I would eventually get writers block or run out of things to write about…. but I am just short of my 1st full year of continued daily writing and I am still going strong.
What went wrong in all the above was my stop start stop start blogging journey wants… I found that I was so and down with my design elements of my blog that my blog didn’t go live until October 2018… 10 months late. Having been asked to join in on my writing groups 365 day blogging challenge… pushed me into a new start date of October 4th… giving me the want the incentive and the kick in the ass that I needed to hit the procrastination ball out the ball park.
So there it is questions 1 to 10 of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions – Part 1 – Essential Questions To review Your Year.” Tomorrow I will explore Part 2 of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions – it’s title “Reflection Questions For Your Health.”
I look forward to exploring more of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions, the end result and or outcomes of my honest reflections of me and my year of 2018 will certainly be an interesting 1.
So how about it…. Challenge yourself to Nadalie’s ” 100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions. ” here at her blog ” Its All You Boo ”
Author. Tanya Kelly
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