Iryna Ishchenko

DECEMBER 30, 2023

Farewell to 2023 | #38

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As the year comes to a close, it’s natural to take a moment to reflect on what we are leaving behind, what we have learned, what we have celebrated, and what we want to take with us into the new year. The process of introspection and reflection is essential for personal growth and setting the stage for a new chapter in our lives. Join me as we go through this journey of self-reflection and prepare to bid farewell to 2023.

Reflecting on Significant Events

The first step in this process is to reflect on the significant events of the past year. Take a moment to go through your calendar, noting down important events, gatherings, celebrations, travels, milestones, and projects. Pay attention to different areas of your life, including personal, family, relationships, professional or academic, and community involvement. Ask yourself about the hobbies or creative projects you started or stopped, the moments of relaxation or self-care, and the defining habits that shaped your year.

The Firsts of 2023

Consider what “firsts” you experienced in the past year. What new experiences or achievements marked a significant milestone for you? Embracing new activities, conquering personal goals, and witnessing pivotal moments in the lives of loved ones can all be powerful “firsts” that define our year.

Defining Accomplishments and Lessons Learned

Reflect on your biggest decisions, lessons learned, risks taken, and surprises encountered. Acknowledge the most important contributions you made to others and identify the lessons that resonated deeply with you. Take pride in your accomplishments, whether they are big or small, and recognize the valuable insights gained from the challenges you faced.

Acknowledging Growth and Gratitude

Celebrate your growth and the influences that shaped your journey. Express gratitude for the individuals who impacted your life and recognize your role in influencing others. Take a moment to identify the valuable lessons learned from your achievements and challenges, acknowledging the strength and resilience that enabled you to overcome obstacles.

Setting Intentions for the New Year

Consider the three words that define your year and reflect on the title of your personal story for 2023. Think about what you need to let go of, what you are grateful for, and what still needs to be forgiven. Embrace the process of releasing any lingering burdens and welcoming the new year with a fresh perspective.

Farewell to 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, let’s express gratitude for the challenges that fostered personal and professional growth, the joyful moments shared with others, the valuable opportunities to serve, and the decisions that have shaped our paths. Remember that each experience, whether a mistake or a triumph, has contributed to the person you are today.

As we prepare to step into a new year, take the time to embrace this reflective process. Consider penning down your thoughts, saying them aloud, and letting go of anything that no longer serves you. Give thanks for the lessons learned, the growth experienced, and the resilience that defines you. Farewell to 2023, and let’s welcome the opportunities that await in the new year.

And as we close this chapter, remember that the journey continues, and the conversation will go on. Here’s to the growth, gratitude, and new beginnings that await us in 2024.



Links I mentioned in this podcast episode:

The Boys in the Boat movie trailer.
Fragments of Time by Daft Punk (from Random Access Memories album)

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