See Ya Later, 2016!

How Was Your 2016?

I’ve heard a lot of people express that they’re really ready for this year to be over, hoping that 2017 will bring some better news. Others have had an amazing 2016, full of memorable life events and fabulous experiences.

Wherever you fall on that spectrum, here’s something for you:

I’ve put together this free, printable “worksheet” you can use for a simple chance to stop and reflect on some positives and some areas of opportunity from the year. It’s a grid of 16 themes from 2016. In each block, write down the first thing that comes to mind. My intention if for you to be able to complete it in as few as 16 minutes. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be!

I know this is a bit of a personal thing, but I’ve listed #dearyear16 in case you’d like to post your reflections on social media. I’d be interested to see your thoughts!

If this worksheet isn’t for you, maybe you can do something similar in your own way.

If you need more space, feel free to break out and write more in a notebook or journal.

If any of these topics feel particularly important to you, make the time to consider them further or set some goals for the future.


The image above is a small image file for reference. You can download a higher-quality PDF to print at this link: See Ya Later, 2016!

christmaschallenge-fIn other news, my Christmas Challenge is well underway, running now until Christmas Day, and I’ve been so blown away by the creativity of the few people I’ve seen participating. If you’re interested in checking it out, remember you can search the hashtag #12creativedays on Facebook or Instagram . . . and it’s not too late to jump in and create some things for the challenge. No pressure to hit all 12 days – just do what you can!


This will be my last regular Monday blog post for 2016, so I’ll leave you with my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and joy in the New Year! I hope your 2016 has been great, and I’m looking forward to sharing even more creativity with you in 2017!

❤ Nicole

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How & Why I Do a Monthly Recap

I love the benefits of doing what I call a Monthly Recap where I set aside 15-30 minutes at the end of every month to write about how things have gone that month in several areas.

But Why?

It’s a very simple practice but one that I’ve seen make a big difference for me.

Gratitude for the Good: Taking time to pause & reflect has helped me to celebrate some of the good things that have happened throughout the month (which can otherwise sometimes get lost in the shuffle of the busy everyday).

Awareness of the Ugly: The Recap also challenges me to be honest with myself about ways that I can continue to improve and grow. I’m less inclined to just sweep things aside and trudge ahead blindly into a new month that’s set up to repeat poor patterns.

To be clear, what I’m sharing here is only my personal method and thoughts. I’m sure that I’m not the first person on the planet to ever do this type of exercise, so if this format doesn’t seem right for you, feel free to research further for other options or to improvise your own method.

Here’s The Basic How:

  • At the end of the month, grab your journal or any paper and pen, or if you prefer, open up a document on your computer or tablet. I prefer to keep this in my Bullet Journal. I like writing it out by hand and having it in the same place as my other monthly journaling.
  • Write down headers for important areas of your life, leaving some space between each one, enough to write a short paragraph. Here’s my most recent set, which you’re welcome to share, or you can choose what seems applicable to you: Spiritual Life, Family, Friends, Work, Health, Side Projects, Summary.
  • Write a short paragraph under each header, noting ways you’ve been successful or not so successful in each area throughout the month, lessons you’ve learned, or things you want to try differently next month. I usually keep each paragraph to 3-5 sentences, which forces me to be direct and not ramble and also keeps the process short enough to not be terribly tedious. If I find that one particular topic is a lot more dense in a given month, I may take an extra journal page afterward to write some more thoughts on that topic.

That just about wraps up this quick note about doing a Monthly Recap. Is this something you do? Something you’d like to try? How was your October? I’d love to hear about any of these things, or anything else on your mind, in a comment below.

Happy Recapping & Happy November!
❤ Nicole

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Today’s Featured Image is used under Creative Commons Attribution License from Walt Stoneburner