I was struggling to find a way of describing how I’m feeling right now, when my friend Amanda so accurately summed it up:
End of year fatigue.
Much though I adore the holiday season – the build up, twinkly lights and the prospect of spending time with family – it’s also the marker for the end of a full calendar year.
And with it – an exhalation of ALL that had preceded now.
One of the things I most look forward to over the holidays, is taking time to reflect. It’s rare that you get the time to step away, hunker down in a cosy corner, open up a notebook and reflect. Or think, or plan, or dream. Whatever that time looks like for you.
Last year I waited until my birthday which is mid-January, to decree my ‘new year’, and I think I’m going to do the same in 2018.
Taking the time to properly REST (harder than it sounds when day-to-day life is happening!), RESET and REFOCUS, is top of my agenda.
So, as I wind up work for the year, I wanted to share one habit which Oli and I have adopted this year which has made a huge positive impact on our lives.
And, I have Joy of Oh!Joy blog to thank for it . . .
Favourite, Least Favourite, Tomorrow
I read this post on Oh!Joy this year, and it completely changed the way Oli and I catch up at the end of the day.
Quite simply ‘Favourite, Least Favourite, Tomorrow’ is the Cho family’s way of sharing their days with one another.
As Joy explains:
“the idea is that during dinnertime, we go around the table and everyone tells their favorite part of the day, their least favorite part, and what we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
Oli and I adapted this habit for our own purpose, and we call it “Our Days” instead.
Right before we go to sleep, we share “Our Days” with one another.
- Something we enjoyed from the day.
- One challenge.
- What we are looking forward to tomorrow.
Oli and I talk all day (seriously I get an update every time Oli has a break between clients!), but this one simple habit allows us to feel like we have REALLY caught up with one another, and taken the time to reflect each and every day.
By acknowledging both our highlights and challenges, it’s a way of practicing gratitude too – which I’m a huge fan of.
As I take the time to reflect on 2017 over the holidays, and plan for 2018 ahead, I am going to employ this same method:
- Things I’ve enjoyed this year.
- Challenges I’ve experienced.
- What I’m looking forward to.
It’s such a simple formula but one which has proved so powerful in our own day to day lives.
If you’re looking for a way to consolidate your thoughts and feelings from the year, perhaps this is a framework which will work for you too!
Overall, I can’t recommend adopting the habit of “Our Days” enough. Be it with a partner, your family or journalling for yourself.
Wishing you a peaceful holiday season ahead ❤️
Thank you SO much for sharing this little corner of the internet with me, I am extending a huge huge hug your way.
See you in 2018!
Love, as always,
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