For many it has been a year of great changes -some positive, some extremely difficult. As we move into these final days of the year, the relative quiet after the holiday rush can give us a few moments to slow down and reflect on our year.

Reflection provides the opportunity to learn and to make sense of our experiences.

I have found that a few poignant reflection questions can help the process.

Take a quiet moment to reflect on these seven questions.

Please take the opportunity to do this. You won’t regret it.

I have answered them for myself below.

  1. What stood out for you this year? – A happy moment — a moment of change?
  2. What accomplishment are you proud of?
  3. What relationship(s) was strengthened?
  4. What are you grateful for?
  5. What do you want to acknowledge yourself for?
  6. What do you want to acknowledge another for?
  7. What result do you want to accomplish in 2017?

My answers:

1.What stood out for you this year?

– A happy moment – a moment of change?
For me the happy moment was my wedding to Marc Sevigny in August, at Cape Cod, with all of our immediate families present. Marc and I bought a condo in Florida and are planning to spend more time in the winter there. Woo hoo! Another big change was the downsizing of a client that I have been with for ten years.

2.What accomplishment are you proud of?

I spent the year in an intensive coaching training program, with Katherine Woodward Thomas. I am expanding my practice to Leadership and Life Transitions Coaching, including finding and ending significant relationships. I launched a new website to announce this, www.joanbragar.com

3. What relationship(s) was strengthened?

The most important relationship that I am continuing to build is with Marc. We are at the stage in our lives – with all of our seven children grown – in which we can focus on ourselves and design a wonderful life together. I am also continuing to get to know all of his five children and their partners, as well as deepening the relationships with my own children, Rebecca and Michael, and their partners, Steve and Sarah. Four year-old Jack continues to educate me and light up my life. And we are about to be blessed with two new angels, Catherine and Eleanor – due to make their arrival any day now!

4. What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for my health, and my body’s fitness. This year marks the tenth year since my plane crash. I spent a month in Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in 2007 and have been recovering ever since. I am forever grateful that my body moves, that I walk, swim, bicycle, hug (!) and do yoga. Yay for keeping moving!

5.What do you want to acknowledge yourself for?

For keeping going, for being willing to learn and grow.

6. What do you want to acknowledge another for?

I want to acknowledge Marc, for loving me and standing by me, no matter what.

7. What result do you want to accomplish in 2017?

I want my executive coaching practice to be sustaining and enlivening. I love coaching because it provides a unique conversation — about the untapped possibilities in your life, the choices you are making, the commitments you are going to enter (or end!), and the patterns that you want to transform. I take advantage of other people’s skillful coaching in every transition in my life.

If you, or someone you know, would love a chance to reflect and gain insight about your next steps, a chapter you are closing, or a passion you want to ignite, please contact me a joan@joanbragar.com for a complimentary coaching conversation.

Peaceful and Happy New Year to all,

Joan

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