At the end of each year, I like to do a review of the year- things I’ve accomplished, hi-lights from the year, notes on changes in my life, and things I’m grateful for. I also write a couple of pages on what I want for the new year, generally listing a few things under each of a few main categories like health, career, and relationships. Not resolutions per se, but goals and hopes for the year. I know going into it that many of these things I’ll accomplish and some I won’t or some I will accomplish, although not always the first year they’re on the list.
It’s amazing looking back at a whole year at all of the things that can happen in that amount of time. So many different things can fit in to a year.
There are some things that come to mind instantly when I think of this, but others that I only remember when I read through my gratitude lists from the year. One thing that sticks out reading through my lists is that often the things that I’m thankful for are pretty routine things: a good meal (breakfast sandwiches came up more than once), a productive day at work, or some time outside.
Here’s a sampling of what was on my daily lists from 2016:
Yoga retreat in T or C (and one later in Ghost Ranch)
Blogging- so thankful for my readers (you!). Playing around in Photoshop, making ‘cartoon Hoppy’, and the turkey, writing and having a place to express me.
Travel- seeing places and being out-doors
Drinking my morning coffee down by the creek and watching the tree branches do their gentle dance in time to the music of the creek
People- family and a couple of other special people
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Naps & Maps
Albert and Lester, Chester or Pete
Seeing the Socorro isopods
Room service breakfast!
My traveling companion & little buddy Hoppy.
Getting a picture of Hoppy with Hal Elrod
Swimming in the creek
Tall trees and expansive grassy meadows
Being not normal and liking who I am
Being in good shape and having all my parts
Secret ice cream
Tacos and guacamole
While we all have our own experiences, so many of us share common themes. Whatever I’m going through, I know I’m not the first. With the help of the internet, I can always draw on the experience of others.
Green Chile cheeseburgers
It really is a magical world out there and I’m excited to see what things fill my gratitude lists for 2017!
What are you thankful for from 2016? What were the highlights of the year for you? And what were the small, daily sorts of things that you enjoyed the most?