“As the year comes to an end, don’t look back at yesterday’s disappointment. Look ahead to God’s promises yet to unfold.” Buky Ojelabi
Before I had kids, I used to spend the Christmas/ New Year’s holiday in front of the fireplace. I would read for hours on end, watch movies, eat, and work on the following questions. I loved having the time and space to process my prior year and dream about the next one. Of course now that we have young children, my “holiday” weekend isn’t really a holiday. Long gone are the restful hours in front of a roaring fire but I’m still planning on a little bit of alone time. I am hoping to sneak off this coming weekend for a few hours so I can work on completing, remembering and dreaming…and I hope you can too!
Instructions for completing this document: Do NOT let these questions bring you stress. Not sure what to write? Skip it! Depending on the year, some of the questions can feel redundant but most of the time I find they force me to think about my life with new eyes. Also, don’t let these questions make you feel guilty or disappointed in yourself. I have a tendency to dream big, which means that many years I don’t hit my goals. That’s okay! By dreaming big, I find that I do often hit many of the things I set out to accomplish. I also find that God surprises me with bigger and better purposes along the way.
Completing and Remembering 2014
What was your biggest triumph in 2014?
What was the smartest decision you made in 2014?
What one word best sums up and describes your 2014 experience?
What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2014?
What was the most loving service you performed in 2014?
What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2014?
Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2014?
What was the biggest risk you took in 2014?
What was the biggest surprise in 2014?
What important relationship improved the most in 2014?
What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2014?
What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2015?
What advice would you like to give yourself in 2015?
What is the major effort are you planning to improve your financial results in 2015?
What would you be most happy about completing in 2015?
What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2015?
What would you most like to change about yourself in 2015?
What are you looking forward to learning in 2015?
What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2015?
What relationship do you want to improve in 2015?
Who is a friend you’d like to intentionally pursue in 2015?
What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2015?
What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2015?
What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2015?
Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2015?
Are there any commitments I need to break in 2015 because I’m too busy?
What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2015?
Together, as a couple:
What are the things we are grateful for this last year?
What brought us the most joy in 2014?
What is our best memory that we created together in 2014?
How did we best serve each other in 2014?
What are we most proud of accomplishing together in 2014?
What do we most want to improve in our marriage in 2015?
What do we want to do to improve our financial situation in 2015?
Are there any big purchases we need to save for?
What do we want to do to support each other spiritually? Physically? Emotionally? Work-wise?
As parents, what is the most important thing for us to focus on this year as we raise our children?
What hopes do we have for our children in 2015?
Recap (one sentence each):
My spiritual goal(s) for 2015:
My physical goal(s) for 2015:
My parenting goal(s) for 2015:
My professional/work goal(s) for 2015:
My/our financial goal(s) for 2015:
Our marriage goal(s) for 2015:
My/our travel goal(s) for 2015:
Let me know if you complete this document! And if you’re really brave, I’d love to hear a few of your goals or big “ah ha” realizations after finishing.