I’m keeping this post short and sweet since I’m sure everyone is still recovering from the holidays.
I’m a big believer in personal traditions. Every New Year’s I write a letter to myself and then read the letter I wrote last year. My time capsule letters are a tradition I’ve had since I was about twelve or thirteen, and every year it’s brought me so much pleasure, perspective and closure. Of course, being a teenager, I didn’t think to keep my old letters (sigh…) but I’ve recently added another step of scanning and storing the letter before I toss it.
Give it a try this year. Take thirty minutes to sit and reflect on the past year, and then just write. I usually give myself about fifteen minutes or a few pages to write down anything that comes to mind. I write about my accomplishments, failures, thoughts, emotions, learning moments, and especially about my hopes for the new year.
Then seal it, sign and date it, and tuck it away until next year.
I love this tradition because I can get frustrated at how little progress I’m making day to day. Yet when I read last year’s letter, I can see how all of those tiny steps have allowed me to make incredible progress. I’m in such a different place now than I was a year ago. I know that your twenties are all about growth, but oftentimes I can barely recognize the person who is writing to me. Anyway, I’m excited to read what I wrote last year and have already started thinking about what I will write this year.
What traditions do you have for New Year’s Eve?