I took the plunge and bought myself The Happiness Planner. It’s “a planner/journal that embraces the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development” and it’s something I am so excited to get started with. I also have my daily planner that Georgie got me for Christmas, so I will be making use of both of them this year.
Whilst on the website, I stumbled across free printables for 2016 reflection and 2017 planning and thought it would be a good idea to take some of the questions and turn them into a blog post! I only decided to do the 3-page printable, but I will definitely be doing the other ones for own personal files.
Describe 2016 in 3 words
Sebastian was right.
What were your happiest moments?
Definitely travelling to different places and experiencing new things, ex: eating snails and chicken/pork intestines. Intense stuff.
What new skills did you learn?
Patience. A lot of it. Where I work, I deal with angry customers everyday, so I’ve had to learn to be hella patient with them because “the customer is always right”. It’s a skill that I’ve learnt to apply in my personal life – certain people be testing my patience, but I’ve learnt to deal with it. It’s mostly a non-issue anyway and just me being a jerk. I really don’t like people.
What was your most common state?
Whew, hard one. Most of the year I’ve been happy… or well, just there. I’m not sure how to describe it really – I wasn’t overly happy, but I wasn’t sad. However, before I went away in November, I was stuck in a place that wasn’t good. It was depressing. I would look all around me and see everyone being happy and succeeding in life, and then I’d see myself and I wasn’t happy with were I was.
It made me mad/sad/have feelings I hadn’t ever experienced before within myself. Thankfully, I had my best friend to help me through these feelings and it was difficult for me to comprehend, I can’t lie. There are some days where I still get down, but it’s a matter of concentrating on myself and not on others. Find happiness within myself instead of trying to search for it in others.
What little things did you most enjoy doing?
Mainly hanging with friends. Connecting is a huge thing for me. I’m not sure if I’m right in saying this, but I feel like I’m an introvert: someone who is social in the right circumstances (ex: with people I’m comfortable with, when I’m not too tired, etc), and needs time alone to recharge and is thoughtful/process internally. Therefore, little things like hanging with friends made me extremely happy.
What qualities/habits did you strengthen?
I honestly don’t know! That is a hard one. I’ve definitely gotten into the habit of actually organising my life. My planner is my baby, and I actually only started using it back in July when I picked one up in Target whilst I was in Seattle. It’s honestly saved my life, though. I tried making reminders on my phone, and using different apps, but I’ve found writing things down suits me much better. Also, I get to use planner stickers, which are hella cute.
What new things did you discover about yourself?
I rely on finding a relationship to be happy. I never actually realised this until recently. I’ve had many failed relationships this year and I think it’s partly because I put too much of myself in something that I knew deep down was never going to go anywhere. It’s sad, but it’s something that I’ve come to terms with and that I’m working on – like I mentioned before: I need to find happiness within myself instead of trying to search for it in others.
Wow. It was kind of hard writing that down because you never really want to admit how much of a sad, desperate person you are. It’s something that needed to be written, though. Reflect and move on!
What did you do that go you out of your comfort zone?
Travel more by myself! This is the second year in which I’ve had the chance to travel more alone. Whilst I was in Seattle, I was essentially by myself for most of the trip because my family were working so I got to explore a whole new city by myself and it was amazing.
I also headed over to LA, and most of it was spent with Nancy but there was one night I got to spend by myself. It was a bit nerve wracking, as well, because I was in a city where I literally knew only ONE person and so walking the streets of LA was an eye opener. Not everyone is out to get you, and people can actually be friendly. Still… it always pays to be careful, especially if you are by yourself.
Did any negative events happen? How did you overcome them?
I think we can all agree that 2016 was a fucking shit show. Terror attacks, Brexit, police brutality, losses of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, etc… oh, did I forget to mention that Trump is president now? These aren’t events that I can just overcome. Personally, nothing negative happened with me except perhaps being constantly rejected by guys – but that’s whatevs.
What and who are you most thankful for?
My best friend. If it weren’t for our recent monthly meet ups, I would have probably had a meltdown. I’m not very good at opening up about how I’m feeling IRL (super easy for me to write it all down, though!), so I’m so thankful I have someone who is always there and willing to listen to my woeful tales.
2016 wasn’t the greatest year for the world lets admit it. More downs than ups, but now we’re moving into 2017 let us try and be positive. I know for me, I will be concentrating on myself and working on myself to be a better person – personally and professionally.
My goal to become an author needs to happen sooner rather than later and I want to be happy in my professional career, as well. I’m not going to say the cliché that 2017 is my year, but I can certainly feel that it will be better than 2016.
Hey! Feel free to answer these questions yourself for your own reflection ☺
Happy New Year, babies ❤️