A couple years ago, I came across the idea of celebrating your wins of the past year, rather than solely focusing on making resolutions for the new year. I think it was Danielle LaPorte who wrote about it. This was really appealing to me because I’ve never felt very successful at sticking to my new year’s resolutions. Can you relate to that too? I know it’s very common to abandon new resolutions after just a few weeks or months. So instead of only swearing we’ll be better or different people in the new year, let’s take some time to praise who we already are. Seeing on paper how many things (big and small) you actually did achieve will uplift you and motivate you for 2018.

2017 was a very interesting and intense year for me, and for many of us. If you only look at what’s going on around the world and in our government, 2017 was pretty damn bleak. But I think it’s important to take some time to reflect on our own personal joys and accomplishments. I look at this exercise as a combination of gratitude and self-praise. We all probably need a little more of both in our lives!

Below, I share a bunch of my personal and professional wins from 2017. Next week, I’ll get into how to use these reflections to make exciting goals for 2018. Please share your wins in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you and cheer you on.

Personal Wins

Professional Wins

This felt a little less like reflecting and a little more like bragging, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I feel so much more positive about my own achievements in 2017 and confident about what I can make happen in 2018. Let’s do this!

What did you achieve in 2017? I really want to know. Share in the comments!