For the past six or so weeks, I’ve been sharing exercise (and my process) as I look back over my 2012 and look forward to the new year.

I enjoy this time of year and this reflective and creation process so much that I’ve shared it here, on the Success for Solopreneurs Facebook page, amongst my friends, my fellow Masterminders and my family.  I’ve also shared it via my first business baby, Constant Chatter (where the editor published on of my articles).  Additionally, I created an entire, 20+ question workbook to walk you through this whole process (and made it available for free!).

So yeah, I find this reflection process to be crazy powerful.  I hope you have taken the time to ask yourself some of these same (or similar) questions.

In the meantime, I’ve got two more questions that I’d like to process before it strikes midnight and 2013 officially begins.

What Do I Give Myself Permission to Do This Year?

I think over the past years I’ve slowly given myself permission to do a few things. The biggest – and most freeing by far – was the when I let myself off the hook and gave myself permission to allow for imperfection.  This has made a HUGE difference in both my personal life and my business life.

This year, I’d like to give myself permission to not have to do it all.

I’m not just talking about asking for help and not doing it all.  Though I will be doing that (as I mentioned in one of the early Looking Forward | Looking Back posts – I’ll be getting a VA and some much needed, housecleaning help), I’ll also be taking time to remind myself that I don’t have to do everything.

I give myself permission to not have to do it all.  I give myself permission to ask for help.  I give myself permission to say no. And most importantly, I give myself permission to change my mind.

I’ve been practicing that “change my mind” thing these past couple weeks.  I opted to not do my year-end freebie call, having decided that I did the Looking Back | Looking Forward workbook instead.  I opted to not focus on writing a book that I’ve been toying with over my winter break and to enjoy a little reading instead.

And just today, I’ve opted to let myself off the hook with New Year’s Eve.  We won’t be doing anything fancy.  No fancy appetizers.  No champagne.  No countdown.  Instead, we’re going to head out for some ice cream before the shop closes and snuggle up on the couch watching a little TV, listening to some music and doing a little reading.

A great gift for me, myself and I, wouldn’t you say?

What is My Wildest, Most Awesome, Totally a Dream Come True Goal for 2013?

I’ve saved this question for last.  I think I might have been afraid to write into words just what my biggest, wildest, craziest dream could be.  And as one would expect from her accountabilty partners and Masterminders, they called me on it and made me write it down.

So I’m here to share with you….my wildest, most awesome, totally a dream come true accomplishment for me in 2013 would be to lead a high-end, weekend retreat in a beautiful location, for about 10 women.

There. I put it out there.

This has been my dream for a few years now. And this year, I’m going to put some focused energy into allowing it to happen (which is not the same as “making it happen”).

I’d love to hear what your wildest, most awesome, totally dream come true accomplishment for 2013 would be.  I encourage you to ponder this for a bit…dream BIG, dream WILD…and share it.  Let it out to play.  And then see how it all comes together.

Wishing you a FABULOUS NEW YEAR!!  I know that this year is going to be the best one yet!

This is my final post in my  Looking Back | Looking Forward journaling series. But it’s not too late for you to get started.  In fact, I encourage you to set some time aside this week (and each week), to ponder, journal or create in response to these questions so that you can help create the business (or the life) that you envision for 2013.

I encourage you to download a copy of my LOOKING BACK | LOOKING FORWARD: Reflection and Journaling Exercises for Closing Out Your Current Year and Creating the Vision For Your Upcoming Year workbook for more exercises like this (20+ to be precise).  It’s totally free and one helluva resource if I do say so myself…and I do!

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