I'm also a fan of year-end round-ups. I've done it a few times on this blog. Usually, as my last blog post or my first couple of blog posts in the new year.
Sometimes, though, year-end highlights can be a bit overwhelming to write. So, I thought this year, I'd do a different kind of round-up.
This is how I ended up with The Year in One Word printable/interactive PDF worksheet. It's now available for free in our newly revamped* Content Library. So, anyone who wants to look back on their year and record some words to remember their year can do so in a simple manner.
The image below shows the worksheet as a blank printable, which you can print using your own printer and fill out using pens, pencils, and markers. It also features my own filled-in worksheet, which I did using my computer.
I'm really pleased with how The Year in One Word printable/interactive PDF worksheet turned out. It's possible I may have spent way too much time designing it. But, I think I'd enjoy using this every year, so I figure that it's worth it. It would be even more worth the time if other people would find it useful too. That's why it's now in the Content Library.
The general idea is that this resource enables us to come up with one word summaries for the year. It has a spot to write down our Word of the Year. Then, each month of the year has a place where we can write a one word summary for that month. If we'd like to add one word (or a few) notes in each month to remember some things, there's a spot for those notes too.
I enjoyed making - and filling-in - this journaling worksheet. It was lovely to look back on the year (even with some of its tough and painful bits)... without feeling overwhelmed with all the writing and journaling.
So, I hope that you would find this useful in recording your year too!
If you're a subscriber, you'll be getting an email with the latest password for the library. If you're not subscribed yet, just sign up and make sure you watch out for your Welcome Email. That's where you'll find the password.
Happy reflecting! And, may your new year be even more amazing!
* The content library has been through several revamps this year, as new resources become available and taking list members' feedback into consideration. My hope is to design and develop a content library that's super useful, beautiful, and simple to access for list subscribers.Read More
Doing a series of 'closing rituals' is part of my annual tradition on the blog (since 2006) and in my private journals (since I can't remember when!).
Basically, here, it means sharing some of the highlights of the year (both blogged and un-blogged moments). Although I kind of missed out on part of 2010 due to an extremely hectic year.
Anyway, I've done all sorts of end-of-year round-up posts:
This year, or rather, for last year's 2013 annual review, I'm not quite sure what kind of 'highlights post' I want to do. So, since I'm all for 'hybrids' at the moment, I thought I might just do a hybrid of month-by-month, list, and theme-based.
For 2013, I chose FOCUS as my Word of the Year. While I was initially apprehensive about this word, being the slash/dash person that I am, I realised how important it was to understand what focus really means to me. Even more so, as a slash/dash person. That's why in a way, 2013 became the year when I truly connected with what matters most to me, at this stage of my life.
Favourite New Gadgets of the Year:
More Family Moments:
Other Blogging Highlights:
It’s that time of the year again. A time when I reflect on the year that just passed and highlight some of the best and not-so-good parts. Mostly to help me to remember.
As some of you might know, I have chosen POSSIBILITY as my 2012 Word of the Year. And, just like my previous WOTYs, this one provided unexpected turns for me. Another testament to the power of that One Word.
As I recall moments under 12 themes for 2012, you’ll see how “Possibility” became part of my year.
These are some of the really major things that happened for me personally and professionally in the year…
Not only did I celebrate my personal milestones, I also enjoyed the successes of my beloved family…
Unlike 2011, I didn’t spend most of my year in airports and hotels. Thankfully! Having said that, I still did get my fair share of seeing the world. And I am grateful for it.
These are some of the events that I was a part of this year…
As I’ve mentioned in Best Books of 2012, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of being able to read a lot this year. I’ve also gotten to watch a lot of movies and TV. And even played a few video games. So, even though I’ve had quite an active, productive year, I’ve also given myself a lot of down time and fun time. Yes, looking back on it now, 2012 is something that feels a lot more balanced.
Some of my favourite new toys from 2012…
Apart from finishing my postgraduate degree, reading plenty of books, and attending events, these are some other things that I’ve also done to improve my skills…
Not everything turned out great this year. In fact, I’ve experienced one of the worst betrayals I’ve ever had. But, thankfully, one of my super powers is turning Bad Things in to Good Stuff, so that horrible experience gave me the opportunity to lead a better, more balanced life this year. And yes, in the great big scheme of things, these rough times aren’t really all that bad.
Creativity is part of my core, my essence… And yet, I find that I’m not giving myself enough time for it. So, I’d like to celebrate some minor victories that help to keep my creative juices flowing…
Other things worth noting and remembering…
Now, here’s wishing us all an incredible new year!Read More
How can any other word suffice when I've managed to pack so much more than I would ever hope to pack in one year? Life has changed so much for me within 12 months - both personally and professionally.
The people I met, the places I've been, the things I've experienced... From stories I've shared all over the web to those I can't even begin to write about.
I'm just here to do a round-up of memories, as part of my annual tradition here at Studio Notes. Since I've done a semi round-up halfway through the year, I thought I'd skip the month-by-month. But yeah, something about looking back that makes me realise just how much life can take different turns within a year...
So, here are the highlights from my year, organised in 11 themes, for 2011...
There are many day-to-day stuff that I'd love to remember and to celebrate. Some of them do stand out more than others.
I've travelled a bit in the past decade or so. But, I don't think I've ever travelled so much within a year. Ever. So, to me, 2011 is really My Year of Travel. And here are some highlights...
There are many work-related highlights that I hope to remember from 2011. Some of them include:
General Learning and Personal Development
I love learning new things. I enjoy taking classes and workshops. Both formally and informally. That's why I know I'd be a perpetual student, no matter what. Here are some of the things that I've learned this year...
All in the Family
This year has been a great time for seeing family. Considering we usually don't have family around where we live, 2011 has given us more than our usual opportunities to spend some quality time with our loved ones... Plus, there are a few things we celebrated this year.
On Friends and Socials
There are also a lot of times for friendships and socials. Much more than what I'm accustomed to, to be honest. Made a lot of new friends and contacts from around the world, especially thanks to the travels and events I've attended this year. And, there are a lot of new connections made right here at home in Adelaide...
The Rough Stuff
Life's not been all great, of course. There had been some rough and challenging moments. Thankfully, nothing that breaks the spirit too much.
The Light Stuff
Then, there are the little and shallow things that just tickled my fancy...
Books, TV, and Movies I Loved
Although I managed to watch a few movies this year (hello, in-flight entertainment and streaming!)... and even got to catch up on some TV viewing... I didn't really get to read as much as I'd like. And, I think I started reading several books but haven't been able to complete them yet. Oh, and this is also the year where I actually bought and read many more digital book format than ever before. Anyway, some of my favourites from the year:
Also see: Best Family Movies of 2011.
Gadgets, Apps and Tools Galore
When it comes to gadgets, this year has been quite amplified for me and my family... It's the year where we all ended up with an i-something. Kids both have iPod touch, hubby has iPad, and well... here are the rest...
Unfortunately, though, my Nikon D40x finally died this year and hasn't been replaced yet. 🙁
Here are just some random personal memories and world events that affected me in some ways...
I'm pretty sure there's more that I'd like to commit to memory somehow. But, this should do.
What did I say? 2011 has been epic!
What a year indeed. Bring it on, 2012...
Also wish to say special thanks to: Kari, Diane Lee, Melissa W, Nenette, Nicola, Christine Gooding, Connie, Jenseeya, and Kharen... For being the top commentators here at Studio Notes in 2011. You ladies help to keep this blog alive! 🙂
As promised, here I am again to complete this two-part round-up of the last 12 months. I'm especially inspired to complete this after a few encouraging words from some of you. Thank you!
In any case, if you haven't read part 1 yet, check out: An Amazing Year: Part I.
Now, here goes the rest of the story... And yes, this is the part where I rack up Frequent Flier miles.
So, there you go. My year from July 2010 to June 2011 in a nutshell.
Oh, and thanks to these round-ups, I was inspired to put together my first Blurb book. Just placed an order recently and I'm now awaiting the hard copy. Here's a preview, if you're keen to peek...Read More