As we approach the end of the year and reflect on 2018, we also think ahead to the new year. I’ve compiled a list of questions to ask myself so I can prepare for 2019, and I thought I’d share them with you here too. These are personal to me and my faith, so feel free to leave some out if you’re asking yourself. Happy new year, friends!
01 | What kind of person do I want to become?
Reflect on how you perceive yourself and what others have said about you this year. Are you proud of it? What would you change? Is there anyone that inspires you that you want to be more like next year?
02 | What kind of people do I want in my life?
Surround yourself with people who bring the best out in you, who are healthy and driven, and people who you can lift up and celebrate too.
03 | How can I honour God and make Jesus known through my life?
As a Christian, this is what I live for. I want to work harder on bringing glory to God and not to myself. I wasn’t born to bring attention to myself, but I was born to share God’s love and glory with the world.
04 | What do I want to achieve in the field of design?
You can ask yourself this question specific to your field of work or study. It can be anything from entering/winning a competition to publishing a paper or learning more about a specific skill.
05 | What do I want to achieve in language study?
Self-explanatory for us language learners!
06 | Where do I want to go?
Near or far, travel feeds the soul! Since I’ll be moving to Singapore, it may be easier for me to travel to my beloved Asia now. That is, if I can fit it into my limited amount of work leave days! I took 23 leave days for granted here in South Africa. In Singapore, I’ll have 14 leave days. That being said, living in Singapore will probably feel like a long holiday in itself… I am so excited!
07 | Where can I work well with finances and invest wisely?
Set up a basic budget for yourself or get a financial planner.
08 | What can I cut out of my life?
Sugar? Toxic friends? Social media?
09 | What new habits can I bring into my life?
Mindfulness? Morning pages? A glass of lemon and honey water in the morning? Less TV? Calling grandma more?
10 | How can I make other people around me feel loved and special?
This will make you not only feel like you have a purpose, but bring people towards you because of your warmth and generosity. Start small – leave a warm comment on someone’s post, share someone’s story, talk to the person looking lonely, call your parents more, write a letter to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, compliment someone on the bus…
11 | How can I be more humble and have more empathy?
Something I want to work on this year!
12 | How do I want to dress?
A fun one if you’re feeling ready to change up your look for the year. Check out my style board on Pinterest for my ideas! I’m also going to be making a capsule wardrobe before my move to Singapore so I can move with as little as possible.
12 | What unnecessary expenses can I cut down on?
Similar to the finance question above
13 | What negative characteristics do I want to change?
Do you complain or are you always late? Start small and don’t overwhelm yourself.
14 | What is my theme for the year?
My theme for 2018 was patience. My themes for 2019 are joy and giving.
Lots of love,