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How to end 2018 well - Write, Acknowledge, Smile, Repeat


As 2018 comes to an end, many of us start planning for the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions, new healthy habits, diets, career changes … and the list goes on.

We often find however, that our motivation gradually decreases over the weeks, and soon we enter the downward spiral powered by feelings of guilt and shame.



So what can you do differently this year to keep yourself going?



I’m a big believer in writing things down. I’ve been keeping a journal for a few years now and find it extremely helpful to order my thoughts whenever I become anxious or just need to release any built up emotions.


This year I’ve decided to pause and reflect first, before I looked at the year ahead of me. I wrote down all of my acknowledgements and achievements from 2018. All of my milestones, all the things I didn’t think I could do before 2018 began.


This gave me a sense of accomplishment. It allowed me to feel gratitude for the opportunities I was given and the people who were around me that year. Suddenly it didn’t matter to me that I didn’t quite achieve all the things I hoped for or that I didn’t stick to all the resolutions I made for myself. What I did was enough. It was more than enough. I acknowledged all the different ways I had grown in.



“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough.” Melody Beattie


So whether you stuck with your 2018 resolutions for three weeks or three months, it’s important to acknowledge your achievements at the end of this year. It’s so easy to fixate our vision on what is ahead of us and what we want to achieve, and forget to check and celebrate how much of the journey is already behind us. Closing the chapter of 2018 with a moment of reflection is a great act of self-love and will give you a clearer view of the things you may want to work on more in the new year.


I can guarantee you’ll feel good after that exercise. Realising your inner power will help you to step into 2019 and remain determined throughout the year.

To help your new ideas turn into reality, write down all your goals, make a vision board, or make a public announcement about it - whatever works for you.


How to end 2018 well:

  1. Write down an inventory of 2018, listing all the things you’ve done this year, all the things you are proud of, and all the things you are grateful for. Look into different areas of your life, such as relationships, career, family life, love life & personal development.

  2. Smile! You’ve done so well!

  3. Look back at the list - where could you improve? What habits are no longer helping you in being the best version of yourself? What do you need to let go of, and what do you need to bring into your life?

  4. Write it all down (this bit is important - writing it down makes it a lot more powerful) or create a visual version of it, and put it on display.

  5. Repeat whenever and however often is necessary but ALWAYS remember to acknowledge that things you had achieved, even if they do not match the initial plans.

Here's a picture of some of the things I wrote down when reflecting back on 2018. To the right you'll see my vision board I made at the end of 2017. Many of the things on the board have actually realised for me in the last year. However, now I know that it's better to make vision bards a bit more specific than the example you see above.

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