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New Year Reflections, What a Year It’s Been!

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It’s the time of the year to reflect on the year that has just passed by. Read on to find out my favourite way to do my New Year reflections.

Don’t you just love December? I have to admit, when the 1st of December hit, I was a bit worried. I wasn’t feeling as excited as I’ve felt the past years. “Am I going to be a real Grinch this year?”, I wondered.

Do you know the ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’-film? It is really cute, fun, and has all the Christmas feels! I may or may not have had a moment where I really wanted to be Cindy Lou Who.

And back to the point. A week ago I really started to wonder: “Will COVID ruin Christmas?”. But fear not, I am feeling it now: EXCITEMENT. I know it is hard to believe, but the main cause for my excitement is not the food, the presents, the company, or the activities… Two other things are.


The first cause is a very big one: the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. What Christ-mas is really all about.

He came down to earth in order that He could die on the cross a little over 30 years later so that we could be forgiven for our sins. For all the things we’ve done wrong, are doing wrong, and will do wrong in the future.

2020 years ago He was born and started that ‘earthly’ journey that would ultimately lead to my salvation (and of many others). Wow. Just wow. Just that in itself makes December extra special.

New year reflections

The second cause for my excitement is the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and to look forward to the coming year. It is an opportunity to take a moment and ask yourself:

What has happened this last year? How has God blessed me? How have I changed and improved?

Based on the answers you give to those questions, you can then start formulating your hopes and (personal and financial) goals for the following year. You can even go as far as to create a plan of attack where possible.

Our little tradition

Nathan and I started this little tradition a few years ago on New Year’s Eve, in which we take our time to do just that. We grab a piece of paper, quietly write down our reflections, share them with each other, and pray to God.

It is a really precious moment to me because not only am I a big fan of traditions, it is also an opportunity to be very conscious. Conscious of where He has led us the previous year, how He’s ‘chiseled’ us, and to thank Him for that.

It is also a moment to be conscious of where we hope He will lead us the coming year, how we hope to improve, and to really lean on Him for that as well as to receive the coming year with open hands.

I don’t know if you have a tradition like that. Just in case you haven’t yet but would like to, or if you already have but would like to change the way you do it: I’ve created a fun printable for you.

If you use the printable, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience! Also, if you want more inspiration at this time of year, why don’t you read 10 Ways to Seek Out the Silver Lining by Jenna Kutcher?

Important announcement

I also have a very important announcement. I felt it worth mentioning again in case you have missed it on social media: I’ve decided to have a proper Christmas break to reset, recharge, and spend time with family. The break will be from the 14th of December until the 4th of January!

So during that time, you won’t be able to place any orders on the webshop, and it will be quit on the blog and social media. I hope you’ll have a lovely Christmas and I will speak to you in the new year!

Much love,

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