Why an end of year life review is a great idea!

As we wrap up 2014 and move into the New Year it’s the perfect time to analyse our learnings from the year that has been. It’s a funny idea isn’t it? That a New Year is usually what prompts us to set a fresh set of goals and ‘start again’. The truth is we can do this every day. But I do enjoy that sense of bringing something to a close and something new into fruition.

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So let’s investigate the process of reviewing. It’s a great to help you gain insights into what happened and learn what could be improved upon.

Carve out at least a few hours for this task and begin with a meditation.

The first thing that needs to be asked (and celebrated) is what went well? Ask yourself:

Where did you feel in flow?

When were your preferences met?

What made you feel elevated?

When did you feel like you could explode with happiness?

Pondering these things helps us establish what can be carried through into 2015.

Once you’ve done that the next question that needs to be posed is what didn’t go so well? Ask yourself:

How did I get into those situations?

What did I contribute to them?

What realities (or situations) am I resisting?

Did I act without creating friction?

How do I now move on?

And at the end of this life review the most important thing to acknowledge is that, even when things don’t go well, the one thing that is always happening is evolution. So stand tall, be proud of what the year has delivered and get set to bring on 2015!

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.