December 27, 2010

Reflecting on 2010 – How to Take This Year and Make the Next Better (Part 1)


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As 2010 begins to wind down, it’s perfect time to reflect on the year. What were the highs and the lows? What are things that could have been better? There are various aspects of our lives this pertains to, so it might not be as easy as it sounds.

It’s easy to look at the big picture and say ‘In general, ….’ However, I’m talking about breaking down the different roles we all play and do a roses/thorns analysis on them. What is a roses/thorns analysis you ask?

A roses/thorns analysis is a time to reflect on what was sweet and beautiful, like a rose, and also those things that pricked and poked and stung like the thorn. The most beautiful roses in the world have thorns. It’s just part of the rose’s unique way of adding color and beauty to our lives. But you have to be aware of the thorns or the beauty can be overtaken by pain and injury.

Today I challenge you to write down all the roles you play. I’m sure you’ll come up with a long list. It will probably even surprise you all the hats you wear. Just write down the roles. Don’t start thinking about the highs and lows or goods and bads. There will be plenty of time for that. Knowing all the demands on your live and your time will help you better determine all the things that went on this year. We’re more than just moms/dads, spouses, siblings, co-workers.

So let me get started, in no particular order:

Best Friend
Virtual Friend
Board Member

That’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure I’ll come up with a few others. These are the roles I have. Not every day, but each of these is a part of what makes me unique.  You have yours too, and together they make you the amazing person you are.

So write down your list. Reflect on all the things you do throughout the year. Be proud of those titles and take pride in the joy that fills you as you look over the list. Don’t dwell on the ‘I shoulda’, remember there is time to evaluate each of these. But for now, breathe in that great feeling you have about you!

Tomorrow we’ll take Step 2: What do my roses look like?

For Today, answer the question in Step 1:  What roles do I have in life?

This post is linked with Robin’s Mingle Monday at Add A Pinch.



Hollee December 27, 2010 at 7:53 am

I love your list! In Good Enough Is the New Perfect, we talk about the slashes that we put in our job titles, and how they speak to all that we’re trying to do well and at once. You are doing a great job and I cannot wait to hang out in a few short weeks!

erin margolin December 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I am nothing fancy like an attorney or an entrepreneur, but otherwise my list is similar to yours….I love this idea and am curious to see where this goes next. I’ll have to actually take some time and write down my list in a bit.

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang December 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Oh, I love this. What a great idea. I’m going to have to make my list!

Ariana December 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

what an awesome post. I could add few more hats: travel agent and chef 🙂

Kelly@Childhood December 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

Let me think… Mom, writer, friend, sister, daughter, wife, blogger, community manager, chairperson, room mom… then the ones that are sort of a given under the mom hat… cook, maid, nurse, driver.

I can’t wait to read the next 2 posts!

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