By: Beverly Ponce
First of all, let’s start by taking a shot. We survived 2020 together! It’s been a very very long year and well deserved.
I think this time of the year, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect. Reflect on the moments that you’re proudest of, the moments that hurt, the moments that inspired you and the things you are motivated to do next year.
We shouldn’t wait till that ball drops to start reflecting the ways we want to improve next year. Take some time, and really think about what you want. It usually best to take yourself out of your comfort zone and go somewhere peaceful. The beach, the library, your favorite part of city or maybe a hiking trail. This past weekend, I chose to go my favorite spot in Beverly Hills for my reflection. These are the main questions I asked myself.
What were you most proud of?
I’m really empowered myself this year. I took care of my mental health, physical health, and found a way to channel it. This year has been really tough for everyone! I wanted to make sure this year didn’t slow me down. I’m proud that I found a space to spread positivity! I’m proud that I finally put my health first and helping others do that as well. Now Rene and I go on hikes, bike rides, reading more poetry, and spending less time on the couch. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Netflix but I felt it was important take time for living.
What were you challenged by?
This year, I was laid off and it was honestly the hardest thing to go through. I met an incredible team and I finally felt like I was in the right place careerwise. I didn’t let it get me down though, I was super proactive and kept applying to different places. I finally found a job at a really awesome agency. Now I am in charge of some amazing marketing campaigns and a part of a ridiculously talented team. I really thought being laid off was going to stunt my career growth, but in fact it challenged me to look for a lot more responsibility. Walking on this hike, taking a moment to reflect on my career growth really allowed me block off the self doubt and give myself the props I deserved.
Here are some more things you can reflect on while your on your mental checkin day:
- What do you want to accomplish next year?
- What inspired you?
- What is making me unhappy this year?
- Are all the people in my life adding to my happiness?
I truly think that having a personal check in with yourself especially outside somehow really allows for some truthful internal conversations. It’s an opportunity for you to have no interruptions especially social media. We spend all day trying to compare our lives to other people and it starts to make us feel like we haven’t really accomplished much. That can’t be more wrong, each one of us has definitely achieved a lot this year. So I encourage you to go to your favorite place, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve done and what you want to do and give yourself some props.