How To Reflect On The Last 12 months.

10 January, 2022 | Lifestyle, Wellbeing

It’s January 2022. How are you reflecting on the last 12 months? It’s certainly been a turbulent time – many highs and lows. The week between Christmas and New Year is often a time where we sit and reflect on the year. However for me, this is best done when the decorations are down, teens have gone back to school and there is a little space to breathe.

I’d love you to make time to sit and reflect in a cosy spot this week with a mug of something lovely and your favourite journal or notebook. I’ll be guiding you through a simple yet powerful way to reflect in order to feel empowered moving into this next year.

mug of hot chocolate being held ny hands in a fluffy jumper

Firstly, before we delve in, I really want to share my gratitude to each and everyone of you who have subscribed and read my blog, followed along on my instagram and social channels. Every comment and message has been fabulous. I’m excited to be sharing more with you over the next year. I truly believe 2022 is going to been to remember don’t you?

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.”


mike dooley
The Smithy Sofa from Loaf
Adore this sofa from Loaf – The Smithy Sofa The perfect place to cosy up and journal..

There are two main questions I’d love you to consider whilst reading this post.

What is the biggest thing you have learned about yourself this year?
What will you be reflecting on this time next year?

Don’t worry; you won’t need to answer them right now!

Things are different today. Uncertain.

We have woken up every day for almost two years trying to digest the enormity of what is happening in the world around us..

We’ve baked, created, home schooled, worked out in the garden, worked from home, even finished jigsaws and so much more but have we actually taken the time to scribe and put on down paper how this decade has affected us to date?

If us grown-ups find it hard to comprehend, how do our children even begin to take it all in..?

I’ve always been a big fan of journaling – it helps free the mind, especially at the end of the year, as we start a brand new one. Taking the time to reflect, acknowledge what you’ve achieved and how you feel about everything is key. It’s often as we do this, we appreciate there are probably way more successes that you first imagined.

“Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.”

tony robbins

I’m going to invite you to journal about last year…

Sounds scary – it’s not trust me. I’m sharing a format with you I’ve used for years with my coaching clients and also with my children. It’s simple but effective. Grab a comfy spot and let’s dig in!

Reflecting on the last 12 months - journal with sunlight through palm tress

WINS – what have been the highlights of your year

I wonder if you’ve taken time to celebrate each Win as it’s happened, without flying onto the next thing?

It’s easy to forget all that comes with a win, the lead up, the effort taken to get there.

At times a BIG win can be an anticlimax so it’s important to STOP and take a moment to celebrate! Write each win down and if you’ve not celebrate yet… take a moment to consider how you will acknowledge your achievements of last year, no matter how big or how small. A win is a win!

beach at sunset

STRUGGLES – what been you been struggling with..

There have been so many struggles we’ve had to deal with individually and as a Nation over the last year. each one of us has a different experience. But you’re here, you got through it and are that much stronger because of it.

Use this time to journal your reflection on what exactly you struggled specifically with and with that in mind, what you might need to let go of this forthcoming year.


winter sun on a. devon beach

LESSONS – what have you learned from the wins and struggles..

Putting the Wins and Struggles together..

Often we can put emotion into an event or a time line but when able to reflect back this way, you’ll always be able to see there will be something you can take forward.


Looking back without emotion, we can see events clearer, enabling us to learn from any event or even a whole year.

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”


paulo coelho


Remember those questions I asked you to consider whilst reading this post?

What is the biggest thing you have learned about yourself this year?
Finally, how can you plan to make this forthcoming day and year even better?
What will you be reflecting on this time next year?

I love this quote from Judy Garland and think it would be wonderful if we all lived by it, don’t you?

“Well, we have a whole new year ahead of us. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, and have a little more empathy, and maybe, next year at this time we’d like each other a little more.”



judy garland

Let me know how you get on with the Reflection. You may even want to do this with your family and friends.

Please share this post with anyone you think would love it too.. 

Together we are stronger.

Sending lots of love

signature, claire

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