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Ignite Your Year: The Importance Of Looking Back In Midlife So You Can Create A Spectacular New Year

Episode 15 | (0:45)  

Hey there, Easy Ager. Welcome back to the Ignite Your Year series. This is the fifth and final episode in the series, so I thought it would be nice to do a quick review of what we've talked about in the last four episodes and leave you with what I view as an absolutely lovely exercise to close out this year and move into next year. Does that sound good?

Alright, so before I get started, I wanted to remind you go pick up your gift, The Three Steps To Rediscovering Your Identity So You Can Thrive In Midlife And Beyond. You'll find it at TheEasyAgingShow.com. Pick that up and if you have any questions, let me know.

Okay, so let's do a quick review. Episode 11 was the first episode in the Ignite Your Year series and in there, I talked about a book called Your One Word by Evan Carmichael. In it, he takes you through some wonderful exercises to help you go a little bit deeper.

And this one word isn't simply for the year, because I know a lot of us say, "Oh, this is my phrase for the year. This is my motto or mantra for the year, or this is this is my word for the year." This one word is for your life, and the great thing about it is the way he takes you through these exercises. It's not overwhelming because I'm sure that when you think about it, you may think, "Oh, I need one word for my life. Oh, good heavens, I can't do that. That's just a lot. You know, I have to think so hard."

You really don't. ;)

Because when I went through this, I discovered that my one word is true, T-R-U-E. And that's based in my overall desire to just live authentically, to live a real life and just be who I am and not worry so much about what people think, or worry so much about if I'm doing it "right." I'm just going to live life and this is it, you know... mess and all, this is what you're getting. So check out episode 11 to learn a little bit more about that book and some of the things that it'll take you through.

In episode 12, I talked about the importance of knowing your values so you can make sure that you're setting goals that align with those values. Our values are crazy important. I mean, they're pretty much our belief system, and we are using these values every single day. If you do not know what your values are, I left you a link in the show notes (of episode 12) so you could go do the exercise to figure out what those are. And then, you could start really using those values as you go after goals in the new year.

In Episode 13, oh my goodness, I gave you such a simple hack. You are just going to be amazed. It's really about helping you get a little bit of a new perspective on goals when you're setting them. Because you know, when push comes to shove, don't you think setting your goal appropriately is about 50% of the battle? So you want to just take bite-sized chunks of it, and this little hack will help you get some new perspective, get some new thoughts, a few new ideas on how you want to set your goals in 2022.

And episode 14 was about getting a little awe and wonder into your life. Because when we live our lives with awe and wonder, life is lighter, it's more manageable. There's this curiosity and we open ourselves up to possibility so we can discover what our midlife purpose is. You know, finding your purpose in midlife does take a little focus because you may have been clear on this when you were younger, but things might be a little fuzzy now, maybe maybe a little blurry. Maybe we need to focus that lens a little bit on what exactly your purpose is for midlife.

So that's a wrap-up of the first four episodes of the Ignite Your Year series. And now we're moving into Episode 15, which is today's show. I am giving you a way to close out 2021 with a little "moment," a little bit of a remembrance of what this past year looked like. Strange as it may have been, I do think it's important to remember and remember where we're coming from as we're going into the new year, don't you think? I mean, this little exercise will help you close out this chapter of the book, this little book called life, and will help you move into your new chapter of 2022 with a little excitement, a little kick in the seat of the pants.

I have no idea where these questions came from. I just know that they're really prompts for me, and they get me thinking a little bit deeper. I used to do them every year with my friend Liz, and then... I misplaced them. So we haven't done this together for many, many years. Fortunately, the pandemic encouraged me to clean out a few files, and I found them. So yay! I guess that's a good thing from the pandemic, eh?  ;)

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I'm writing myself a note to tell Liz to go to the show notes, just like I'm telling you go to the show notes. There's a link there so you can download the PDF of the questions and start doing them for yourself.

The first page is just about completing 2021. The second page is about what you want to create in 2022 so take your time filling this out. I mean, you don't have to do this all in one sitting. Maybe jot down a few notes, put it down, come back to it if you need to.  Do whatever works for you. But this is simply to help you reflect on the past year so you can close the door and just start moving into the new year with a little bit of momentum.

Okay, so make sure you download your PDF so you can get started on the questions. The link is in the show notes.

And if you feel like you need a little extra support in this upcoming year, email me at [email protected], and we can chat.

Here is wishing you the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous New Year ever. I cannot wait to see what results you create in 2022! Until next time, peace, love and blessings to you and yours. Take care, bye-bye. 

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