As the year 2013 draws to a close (we’re less than a month away from the new year), make sure to carve out some time in your busy holiday schedule to reflect on the year that has past and prepare for the coming year.

To reflect means to “turn one’s thoughts back”. Regularly reflecting is a great practice to adopt because it helps us appreciate past events better and internalize the lessons learned. It’s also a good time to look back at highlights and be grateful for the diverse experiences of the year. Reflecting helps us fix our perspective on what truly matters.

“If you fail to plan. You plan to fail.” is an old saying yet incredibly important to remember.

Too many times, we go through life without purpose. This leads to aimless living. To be aimless means to live a life without a target, a goal, or a reason. It’s important that through reflection, we remind ourselves of what we truly value in life, and through preparation, envision and layout the steps needed to pursue these values.

As you journey with the 2014 Giving Journal, pause for a bit to reflect and prepare. We’re excited for your amazing year that’s coming, now go dream up a way to be amazing for someone else.

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  1. Zarah says:

    Reflections makes us a Better person. A lot of things happened this 2013.. I gave up work because of politics in profession even if it means giving up a portion of my income because i chose to have peace of mind over a huge income. This gives me ample time to pursue further studies reviewing by myself until i consider one regular place i frequently visit as my home again something happened that makes me so sad and disappointed . It has affected my time to review and plans , looking back I soon realized that there is only one place called home right at the midst of my family and love ones .. And now i can say i’m perfectly fine with my new schedules and is now living a balanced lifestyle but still keeping with me that happy diaposition in everything i do and everywhere i go and whoever i meet.. Thank you 2013 for a lot if leasons learned and the memories shared

    1. Hey Zarah!

      Thanks for sharing your story with us. It inspires us to know that even if we find ourselves in a really difficult situation at present, there is a chance for us to get out of it and find the perfect balance one day. Unless we actually act upon it by starting with a small reflection of our lives, we will never move forward. We are excited to share a fruitful 2014 with you! Keep sharing your story!

      The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf