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Things to Remember and Reflect On For The New Year

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Concordia CA chapter.

A year has passed and a new one unfolds before us. As always, a new year is an opportunity to reflect on the past and open ourselves to the future. Whether your last year was fantastic and full of good memories, or if it was hard and rough, there is always something that can be learned. Here are some things to reflect on from the past year to remember and meditate on for the upcoming year.

The good and the bad

Last year’s memories can inspire you for what’s to come. Positive reminiscences, encourage you to continue to seek out good times to reproduce fun memories. Unpleasant experiences can be seen as a learning opportunity to reflect and avoid.

The lessons learned

So that you don’t make them again. As Stephen King wrote in his book On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, “you learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.” Take the outcomes and turn them into lessons that help you grow!

The challenges achieved and unaccomplished

Difficulties you have faced should be recognized and celebrated so that you feel proud of yourself for what you’ve done. On top of that, continue to challenge yourself in the new year to continue pushing yourself towards achieving goals and desires. As for the challenges you didn’t overcome, learn from them and don’t get discouraged.

The people who marked you last year

The people in your life last year must have affected you in some way. Reflecting on why and how they have impacted you, either negatively or positively, can help you strive to pursue that relationship or end it. 

Don’t be afraid to let go of the things that caused you pain

A new year is a chance to start fresh, so don’t bring anything along that you wish to leave behind. Open your heart to the new, while leaving the old and unwanted, in the past.

The experiences you were lucky to have

Practicing gratitude for the opportunities, experiences you’ve had, and the material things you own is a way to not take things for granted and to be more humble. Overall, being thankful makes you feel happier, more aware and a kinder person.

Lauren Piot

Concordia CA '21

Lauren is majoring in Communications with a minor in Law and Society. Reading novels and playing guitar are her preferred pass times. Some of her more adventurous hobbies include deep sea diving and skiing. Turtles are her favorite animal and dark green is her favorite color.
Kheyra King

Concordia CA '21

Kheyra King is a Montreal-born city girl studying English Literature at Concordia University. She is the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Concordia and the Vice President of Recruitment of Delta Phi Epsilon. She loves coffee dates, traveling and pasta. You will definitely catch her studying at the local Starbucks or Webster Library.