Looking Back on 2018: DIY Year Reviews

Let's face it, whether we like it or not, 2018 is already gone. The summer has absolutely flown by, spooky October days are behind us and the extra weight gained during Christmas is definitely upon us.

Guess what? Now it's the perfect time to sit down and look back at the whirlwind that was the year 2018. But why would you want to do that in the first place?

Why You NEED to Make a Year Review

- Future reference: while it might seem perfectly easy for you to remember the highlights and the low points of 2018 right now, it is highly unlikely you will be able to do that in a few years' time (… let alone decades). Do you really remember what 2013 taught you or what the biggest surprises of the year 2016 were? Whereas you might be able to remember some of the highlights, you'd probably be amazed at the amount of stuff you've forgotten. Having a quick overview to look back on has proved for me handy time and time again. 

- Putting your year into perspective: When we're busy juggling our everyday tasks and rushing from one place to another, it's hard to slow down enough to grasp what is really going on in our lives and how much has, in fact, changed. This is why taking just a few hours as your year is drawing to a close is so incredibly important - it helps you make sense of the year and, more often than not, realise just how much you've grown over the past 12 months.

- Getting ready to take on the next year: not only is this an opportunity to reflect, it's also the best moment to start putting together plans for the next year. You don't want life to just happen to you, to just pass by largely unnoticed. Starting thinking about clear, achievable goals for 2019 and see what steps you need to take to get there.

- Last but not least; finally giving yourself a break: you've made a year review and whether you're overall pleased with what this year had to offer or not, this is the time to sit down and let it all go for a moment. The new year will be here in no time and even just a week of letting go off all expectations can do wonders to your mental wellbeing, ensuring you can kick off the next year with so much new energy.

Some of My Personal Favourite Year Reviews 

Whether you're a lover of bullet journals, an avid list-maker or someone that prefers getting creative digitally - there's plenty of fantastic ways to put 2018 into perspective with some great year reviews.

- MAKE A VIDEO: I'm not talking highly edited videos that require a filmography degree and an expensive Adobe membership. Simply just sit down in your absolutely favourite spot in your room/flat/house/garden and get talking! You might want to scribble down some guiding notes to help you stay on topic. Admittedly, this is not for those for the shyest readers, but it's still a fantastic visual way of reviewing your year and giving your future self something to laugh about in a few year's time. 

- DEDICATE A SCRAPBOOK TO 2018: Scrapbooks are a wonderful way of getting creative and simply just letting all the rules go. Print out photos, outfits, and quotes that defined your 2018, create lists of your favourite films/albums/TV programmes that inspired you this year and dedicate pages to some of the most memorable moments. Bonus points if you get your friends involved and ask them to contribute a page or just a few sentences about your mutual memories of 2018!

USE TEMPLATES: The last couple of weeks of the old year are the busiest for you and I get it, you don't have the time/energy to invest in making something from scratch. This is when you head over to our good friend Pinterest and start looking for some templates. Some of my favourite year reviews below:

- Get Busy Living: Your Year in Review

- Mind Body Green: 25 Questions

- Anuschka Rees: 50 Questions To Help You Reflect

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I hope you've been inspired to take off a good couple of hours and look back on 2018! Make sure to share your thoughts or contribute your own ideas below!

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