Foundation for Change: Why December is Your Starting Point

Foundation for Change: Why December is Your Starting Point

As the year draws to a close, many of us find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of holiday festivities and the anticipation of a fresh start that the New Year promises. However, here at Build Your Sanctuary, we believe in a different approach—one that doesn't involve waiting for the clock to strike midnight on January 1st to begin the journey toward a better self.

Let's talk about December, the often-overlooked month that holds incredible potential for reflection, growth, and the laying of the groundwork for the year ahead. You see, we don't need to wait for a specific date to declare our intentions and set resolutions. In fact, December is the perfect time to turn inward and start building the foundations of our inner sanctuaries.


Reflecting on the Past

Take a moment to pause and reflect on the roller-coaster that was the past year. What triumphs can you celebrate? What challenges have you overcome? The beauty of December lies in its ability to encourage introspection, allowing us to sift through the highs and lows, extracting the lessons that have shaped us.

As you reflect, consider these journal prompts:

  • What achievements made your proud this year?
  • Identify the challenges or obstacles you encountered throughout the year.
  • Recall any key decisions that had a significant impact on your life and how they aligned with your values and long-term goals.
  • In what ways do you feel you've personally grown over the past year?


What Do You Want to Carry Forward?

In this season of reflection, consider what elements of the past year you want to carry forward into the next. Cherished memories, newfound strengths, and personal growth—these are your building blocks for the new year. By acknowledging and embracing the positive aspects of your journey, you're creating a solid foundation for the year to come.

As you reflect, consider these journal prompts:

  • What are the standout moments from this year that brought you joy, fulfillment, or a sense of accomplishment? 
  • Are there any new habits or rituals you adopted that positively impacted your well-being?
  • Reflect on the relationships that enriched your life this year. What qualities in these connections do you want to foster in the future?
  • Consider any new skills or knowledge you acquired. How can you continue to develop these skills in the new year?


What Needs to Be Left Behind?

Equally important is recognizing what no longer serves you. December is the opportune time to bid farewell to habits, mindsets, or relationships that weigh you down. Make space for new beginnings by letting go of the things that hinder your growth. Remember to not judge the thoughts that come up as you investigate this.

As you reflect, consider these journal prompts:

  • What habits have you noticed that may be detrimental to your well-being or personal growth?
  • Are there recurring negative thoughts or limiting beliefs that have held you back this year?
  • How can you reframe these mindsets to encourage a more positive and empowering perspective?
  • Identify activities, commitments, or responsibilities that drain your energy without providing fulfillment.


Experimenting with Resolutions

Now, let's talk resolutions. Rather than reserving them for a grand declaration on New Year's Day, use December as your testing ground. Start experimenting with small changes, explore new habits, and observe how they make you feel. This way, when January arrives, you're not starting from scratch but building upon the foundation you've laid throughout December.

As you set your intentions, consider these journal prompts:

  • Envision your ideal life a year from now. What does it look like? Feel like?
  • What positive habits or daily rituals do you want to cultivate in the coming year?
  • What self-care practices do you want to prioritize for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being?
  • Identify areas of interest or skills you want to develop in the coming months.


Your Day One is Today

Remember, a day is just a day, and any day can be your "day one." You don't have to wait for an arbitrary date to begin your journey toward a healthier, happier you. By embracing December as a month of mindful reflection and intentional action, you're already taking the first steps towards your future self.

So, grab your journal and start jotting down your thoughts. What went well this year? What do you want to leave behind? What dreams do you want to chase in the coming months? Your truest self awaits, and there's no better time to start building them than today.

Let's make this December a month of intentional living—a prelude to the incredible journey that lies ahead. Your sanctuary is within reach, and your journal is waiting to capture the beautiful story of your evolution!

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