Look back to look forward ..


Click to see our joyous 2015

OK. So. I know it’s not the 1st of January but, as the final slice of Christmas cake is eaten here, I feel the new year has at last arrived at our house. Yay! Is it here for you yet? Or are you still awaiting little peops back to school or that first, dragging return to work before you can crack on with your next creation in time?

How glorious to take this lovely, blank, sweet 16 slate and plan yourself a fabulous year? Being sure to carefully avoid the dreaded resolution tag in favour “goal setting”,  2016 can surely be whatever you want it to be .. gotta have a plan, right?

I just love a plan. Always have. Write it down. Stick it on the fridge. It happens in our house.

But before any writing and sticking can be done I needed to spend a little time reviewing where I am at after our changeling 2015 ..

As well as having loads of fun learning to Flipagram, as per above, I found and followed the steps in the fabulous little article I have pasted below on self-evaluation.

Though it is business based I can totally see these simple, quick and powerful insights adapting to everything from home renovation to martial bliss.

And I am now on the hunt for a great big jar .. read on to find out why! 😉


Setting goals is a great way to progress in the upcoming year, however, it is not the first step. The first step in setting goals is evaluating previous efforts.

Evaluations are used to analyze the value or merit of something. Evaluation helps you understand where you have been, and why you are setting these goals for the next year.

Here are some questions to help you evaluate this last year to move on to a more successful 2016:

  • What did I do well this year?
  • What did I not do well this year?
  • What was my greatest accomplishment?
  • What was my greatest disappointment?
  • What new skills have I learned and how have they helped me?
  • Did I achieve my goals for 2015? Why or why not?

Now that you are ready to set some goals for 2016, here are some tips to make sure you are successful:

  • Keep it simple. The more complicated the goal is, the less likely you are to achieve it.
  • Remember your achievements. Have a jar and a stack of papers somewhere you will see them every day, write your accomplishments down, and put them in the jar. Open them when you are feeling discouraged.
  • Measurement is important. Make sure you have a way to measure your progress.
  • Stay positive and be kind to yourself.

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