How I Wrap Up a Year || 12 Days of Blogmas 2019 Day 4

Hi everyone! Today I have a super exciting blogpost to share with you all: it’s how I wrap up a year! Every year, I take the week between Christmas and New Year’s to wrap up my year, and today I’m showing you all what I do!

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You may or may not have gathered this already, but New Year’s is a big deal for me. I love seeing what the past year brought and looking forwards to what the new year will hold. I love introspecting and analyzing my own personality and seeing how I’ve grown. I love making my new bullet journal for the next year. It’s my faaaaaaaaaaaavorite time of year, honestly. πŸ˜‚

So how do I wrapup my year? There are several components to wrapping up a year for me, and I’ll describe each of these, and how it benefits me:

Books I’ve Read. This one’s pretty easy: I read a Lot of books, and I like seeing stats on what I’ve read this year. I do this in conjunction with my GoodReads reading challenge, and it’s been really fun looking at what books I’ve read throughout the year and remembering my favorites. πŸ™‚ || Books I Read in 2019
People In My Life. I started doing this when I saw a friend do it years ago. I write a list of all the people that are important to me/that have made an impact on me this year, and I write a short thank you note/open letter to each of them. It’s not so much for them as it is for me, and having done it for several years now, I can see all the people who’ve made me who I am, and all the friends that have stayed with me throughout the years versus the ones who’ve gone! || People of 2019
Highlights of the Year. When you’re wrapping up a year, it’s really easy to look at all the things that you didn’t do and think about all the bad things that happened that year. However, I am nothing if not an optimist, and I always really like looking at all the things I’ve accomplished/places I’ve been/people I’ve hung out with/adventures I’ve been on throughout the year! After I make my list, I write them all in my little wall calendar (since I don’t write in it during the year, it’s blank at the end and I fill it up!)

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Goals and Achievements. I like looking at my goals from the previous years to see what all I’ve done towards them. Sometimes it’s not a lot, sometimes it’s quite a bit. Usually, it comes around to 50%, which isn’t the worst success rate in the world! (lol) I reevaluate the goals to see if I still want to implement them in my life, and also appreciate how far since when I set them! ||Β  2019 Reflections/2020 Resolutions
Setting New Goals. After I look at my old goals, it’s time to set new ones! I think about what things I want to be different in my life, and what habits I want to implement. Most of my goals are more habits, rather than goals goals, and I really like it that way! I see my New Year’s Resolutions as steps to make me a better person than who I am right now, and not as something that will change who I am as a person, and that helps guide how I set my goals. || How To Achieve All of Your 2020 New Years Resolutions
Making My New Bullet Journal. This one’s pretty self explanatory, but I set up my new Bullet Journal for the year, which is my absolute favorite thing to do! I reevaluate what has worked in my bullet journal the last year, and I look at some new spread ideas to log all the new habits I want to be working on! This is hands down my favorite thing to do when wrapping up a year, and it’s awesome! || My 2020 Bullet Journal Setup
Journaling and Introspection. This is really important as well; I’m really prone to just . . . putting everything online, and don’t take the time to introspect, but there’s always a side of wrapping up a year that doesn’t go on the internet. I take some time to journal and pray and introspect and just really think about who I am and how I want to grow and how I’ve already grown, and just look back at my last year of life. I always put it off for a really long time (it really should be the first step, haha), but it’s so important!

I hope that sharing my end of year routine helps you out! It’s not too late to wrap up a year, and I really hope that you do it! Obviously you don’t have to do all of these steps, but take what works for you and run with it! Try some things out, and have fun!

How do you wrap up a year? Are there things that I do that you also do? Are there things that I do that you want to do? Let me know in the comments! I’d loveeeee to chat about the end of the year; it’s my absolute favorite time of year!

23 thoughts on “How I Wrap Up a Year || 12 Days of Blogmas 2019 Day 4

  1. BernadetteMichael January 15, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    Ahhh introspection is the most important (and also sometimes the last I get to as well? Though I feel like I need to get everything else out of the way so I can focus and quiet everything down).

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    • Hanne T January 15, 2020 / 4:38 pm

      haha I’m glad someone relates!! That’s very true; once I get all of the things I have in my head out then it makes it that much easier to think!

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  2. Ash Ronnel January 15, 2020 / 8:07 pm

    Aww, the people in my life idea is so sweet. And you are so right about introspection, I definitely need to do that more often. πŸ˜€

    I loved reading about how you wrap up your year!! Lovely post ❀

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  3. Jasmin β™‘ January 16, 2020 / 12:45 am

    The people in my life thingy sounds so sweet!!! I think I will add a list of ppl to my bujo so I can do it! I do all the same things as u basically and this year I’m trying to really just sit down and pray and journal! Good luck with ur goals and hope ur 2020 goes GREAT! πŸ’•

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  4. Hannah Foster January 16, 2020 / 1:59 am

    I love your idea of sending notes to the people in your life who mean a lot to you over the past year. That is such a sweet idea and I am sure blesses those friends so much! I am sure it is also cool to look back on and see who God sent in to your life for particular seasons and who God has sent into your life to stay.

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    • Hanne T January 16, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      Yes!! I really love looking back at that particular part of yearly wrapups πŸ™‚

      Thank you for reading!

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  5. Brooklyne January 16, 2020 / 7:44 am

    That’s really neat that you keep a bullet journal!

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    • Hanne T January 16, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      Thanks! It’s awesome and I really enjoy doing it!


  6. Sophie @ Me and Ink January 16, 2020 / 9:07 am

    Ohh.. I loved hearing about all the things you include in your wrap-ups. I do books I read and goals (the old and the new)!! I love doing this posts as it is great to reflect and always have it written down.
    I love the idea of doing something for the people that meant something to you over the year and to focus on all the things you have achieved. It is so happy and sweet!!
    I bet it is fun to set up your 2020 BuJo too, you can be so creative!!
    Great post!! ❀

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  7. The Girl Who Doesn't Exist January 16, 2020 / 9:46 am

    Whoah I really love the people idea!
    And I kinda do that calendar thing. So neat to see someone else who does. Except I fill every square in each day.

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    • Hanne T January 16, 2020 / 12:22 pm

      Oh that’s cool! I have a log of what I do everyday elsewhere, so that I can have just the highlights on a calendar, but your idea is really cool too!!

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  8. The Story Sponge January 16, 2020 / 6:41 pm

    I like to look at the books I’ve read and the movies/theatrical productions that I’ve seen, or participated in (for the theatrical productions). I am not as good at making goals, but I really like to journal about the year and do some introspection about what’s happened and what I would like to do with my life in the upcoming year.

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    • Hanne T January 16, 2020 / 9:44 pm

      Oooh nice!! Wrapping up the year is always such a good time to introspect πŸ™‚

      Thank you for reading!

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  9. Sumedha January 17, 2020 / 7:45 am

    I’ve never done a people section, but I probably should! It’s a nice way to look back and see who was there for you and impacted your life. This is a really nice way to look back 😊

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    • Hanne T January 17, 2020 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks! I’ve really enjoyed looking back at mine πŸ™‚

      Thank you for reading!!

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  10. The Newbury Girl January 17, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    This is such a wonderful way to close out the year or to start the New Year. I love how you think so introspectively about your year – from the books you read to the people who impacted you and the things that you achieved. I am SO behind with my bullet journal spreads, but I have hopes that I’ll start up again in February.

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    • Hanne T January 17, 2020 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you so much! And yes, good luck with your bullet journal!

      Thank you for reading!


  11. Emily Mundell January 22, 2020 / 12:18 am

    I love the idea of taking time to say ‘thank you’ to those that have made an impact in your life. That’s so awesome!

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    • Hanne T January 22, 2020 / 3:38 pm

      Yes!! I love reading back on them: they make me so thankful!

      Thank you for reading!


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