New Year’s Eve Reflections


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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? 

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4 Responses to New Year’s Eve Reflections

  1. Kali says:

    That’s a very interesting tradition, writing a letter to yourself! I have a diary, in which I write several times a month, and, like you, when I read older entries I realize how quickly things move forward and how I change even though, on a day to day basis, it seems like nothing really evolves.

    My New Year tradition is to write a set of resolutions on letter paper, together with my high school friend. We note down about 15 things, in categories like “love”, “money”, “work”, with our objectives and wishes, and we take back the list from the year before to see how we did, and share our results. I might as well write a letter to myself this year too though, it’s really a good idea, thanks 🙂

    • Erin says:

      That’s such a good idea to use categories like that! Also high school friends are the best, I have a few that I’m still in touch with and having someone who has known you for that long (and through that many awkward phases… eek!) is really priceless.

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