End of Year Rituals to Close Out 2022
I’m sorry to be so very cliched, but 2022 really flew! I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already! This year has been a lot, so I really want to reflect on it. In this post I’m going to share some end of year rituals so that we can put 2022 to bed. And then we can welcome 2023 with open arms and an open heart!
Get the Journal Out
Journaling has so many benefits. It can relieve stress, help to process emotions and get rid of negative thoughts. But it can also help you to see what’s in your heart. And this is a wonderful ritual to do at the end of the year.
Journaling is one of the end of year rituals that’s super easy to do. Grab a notebook and pen, and answer these questions…
- What made me happy in 2022?
- Who made me happy in 2022?
- What made me sad in 2022?
- Who made me sad in 2022?
- What do I wish I’d done more of in 2022?
- What do I wish I’d done less of in 2022?
- In what way did 2022 change me?
- What was my biggest challenge in 2022?
- What was my biggest triumph in 2022?
Once you’ve completed this activity, you’ll be able to see what you want 2023 to look like. You’ll have a good idea of what you want to increase and what you want to decrease. And it will make setting goals so much easier!
If you’re looking for an amazing free resource, be sure to check out Year Compass.
Choose Your Guiding Word
I chose a guiding word for my business this year and it was a game changer. It helped me to make decisions and to stay aligned to what is important to me. I chose community and it helped me to grow my Facebook group and podcast, and to meet some beautiful, supportive and inspiring people.
Community jumped out at me for a number of reasons.
- I’m an introvert and can be really socially awkward. But I wanted to meet new people, so I knew I’d have to get over this.
- In order to grow an online business, you need to engage with people and put yourself out there. Having my guiding word at the back of my mind at all times, meant I said yes to lots of things I never would have before!
Finding your guiding word is another one of those easy end of year rituals. You may just feel it intuitively. Or if you need a little bit of help, get your journal out again. It will probably jump out at you from any writing you’ve done about the year past and the year to come.
I love this Recipes for Wellbeing explanation for choosing your guiding word.
Your End of Year Rituals Should Include a Vision Board!
Vision boards are a powerful way to envision the future you want. They help you to put into pictures what you want your world to look like. It’s the powerful action of visualization, put into something tangible.
A vision board takes a bit more effort than other end of year rituals. You need to gather art supplies and old magazines in order to create your board. Then you can get to imaging what you want to manifest in 2023.
Although not directly backed by science, creating a vision board is another tool for figuring out what you want. And I personally believe that this is one incredibly important step in achieving your goals. It’s impossible to achieve something if you don’t know what it is. Right?!
If you’re like me and you don’t have lots of magazines and art supplies, don’t worry! Canva has a free online vison board maker you can use. But if you like to get creative with your vision board, be sure to join Kelly from Curiosity Encouraged in her free Creative ELA Homeschool Community. She runs a vision board workshop at the end of every year.
Celebrate Your Wins!
This ritual follows on from the journaling ritual I mentioned above. But in this case, you only concentrate on the wins. The idea comes from Denise Duffield-Thomas’ end of year ritual and I love how positive it is!
As working homeschool moms, we have a lot to be proud of. But we often forget to celebrate! We should be shouting from the rooftops about all we’ve achieved. Yes, I’m talking to myself too!
There are a lot of reasons to record your wins.
- They help you to remember the good when you’re in a tough spot.
- It’s a great way to remind yourself that you’ve overcome hardships.
- You can change your perspective on the year.
- Thinking about your wins is a great way to inject some positivity into your day.
What are Some of Your End of Year Rituals?
I would love to hear what you do to end off the year. Have you got a ritual to add to the list?