Pause for Thought: A note to self

Pause for Thought: A note to self

So as 2020 begins, there are always great intentions for a fresh start. I personally love the idea of a fresh slate and do try to take some time at the end of each year to reflect on the past 365 days and look ahead to what I hope for in the new year. There are two activities that I have done for years now:

  • An annual letter to myself: Starting in 1998, a friend and I decided to write a letter to our future self with the idea it would be opened on New Years Day the following year. I don’t think I had any idea that I would still be doing the letter 22 years later. Over the holidays, I found all my annual letters and it was a fascinating read. This ritual helps me see how I have grown and changed each year. And as a bonus, I never remember what I wrote so it is always a surprise.
  • A word or phrase for the year: This is like a mantra or talisman to focus on. The word is usually about something I am wanting to learn or challenge myself with. Some of my past words have been: Nerve, Beloved, Surprise. This year, my phrase is “Intentional Tension” and it is about staying in the un-comfort and not looking for an escape. We will see how it goes in 2020.


Rituals continue to play a role in reflective pause and you don’t have to wait until next year to begin. A clean slate or reset can happen anytime. I think that is a lovely thought.

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