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Personal Growth: 10 Questions to ask yourself at the end of the Year

Updated on December 1, 2014

The year is slowly coming to an end and here I am lying down in front of a beach, on a private Island which I visit often in my private Jet – taking time to reflect.

I have seen so many famous people this week and I can't keep up with their invitations to come over for a Christmas Party. My diary is full!! (ok, that bit’s a dream) ◕‿◕

But here is reality….

It’s always a good idea to take time to reflect on our life, how the year has gone and here are 10 questions I reflect on as I approach the end the year. I hope as you read, you can also answer some of the questions for yourself.


★ツ So, I ask myself the following questions:

1. Did I stick to my New Year’s Resolution?

2. What did I learn this year? What big lessons of life did I learn?

3. What did I accomplish this year? What did I achieve?

4. Is there anything I would have done differently this year?

5. What events stood out significantly for me this year?


6. What do I feel exceptionally good about? What was my greatest contribution?

7. What fun things did I do?

8. What were my biggest “pains in the neck” example, challenges this year and how did I manage to overcome them, if at all I did?

9. Have I changed from how I was last year?

10. What am I particularly grateful for?


♥¸.·' May 2015 be even better than 2014 for you. ★•:*


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Support Med,

      I hope each year gets better for us all too.

      Have a Beautiful Xmas and Happy New Year. :)

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Good questions to reflect on. This year has been very challenging economically (as I know it is for lots of people) - Yet, I am ever so grateful for God keeping me and my family with those things that are necessary. Hope each year gets better for us all. v and r

      Thanks for your holiday wishes! May you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas holiday season and a prosperous new year (2012)!!!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Andromida

      Thanks so much - yes, time does fly.

      Wishing you a happy new year too. Thanks so much for your support. :)

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      Its hard to believe that 2012 is closing in on.I am grateful to all that I am well and always want to live an honest life.Wish you a happy new year in advance.Thanks :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Aaaawh Thanks.

      "Amen" to that.

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      LOL. I just did.

      Don't worry, Elena, you'll eventually meet people who value the trust you have in/for them.

      Regards, friend.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Lol @Royal Mark - I can't believe you answered them all in the Comments box, but it is refreshing to read.

      1 - 5 (I would have to write a paragraph each)

      6 - Knowing a twitter account I run is benefiting a lot of people - I get very touching messages via DM. Its @Care4Anorexics.

      7 - Not enough fun things. I went to the London Carnival, took photo's with one of the dancers, but due to finances didn't do a lot of fun things, as I would have liked to.

      8 - Trying to Trust again only to be let down. So sad that people put across a sweet character in disguise.

      9 - Haven't changed much, but I need to stay away from peanut butter.

      10. Grateful for God keeping me, my family and for kind online friends I meet everyday. Hint hint....

      Cheers :)

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      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Hi! Elena,

      1. I had no New Year Resolutions.

      2. I learnt that it takes courage, determinisim, stubbornness (LOL), faith and God to create the future you desire.

      3. I established and I designed I became a better writer.

      4. I'd have watched my health, ate well and slept well.

      5. The launch of my blog; falling in love over and over again with a girl a year older than me; supporting myself financially to an extent.

      6. I inspired people who I couldn't see.

      7. I chatted too much. :-D

      8. An unfriendly friend - I made away with him; the lady I fell repeatedly in love with - I had to move on based on mutual understanding (she didn't like that although).

      9. Yes. Too much!

      10. God for sparing my life repeatedly even when I err.

      That's all. Mind telling yours?

      Royalmark peeped through. ;-)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Suzzette - Thanks so much. I'm glad you found it useful and hope the rest of the year is even happier for you.

      Kind Regards.

      @Deborrah - Thanks. I admire what you do and you have touched so many lives. May God keep you in Good health and give you the resources to continue to reach out to people. Best Wishes.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Lady E, Fabulous as well as Thought Provoking done with great style! Time is so precious and we really should take a personal inventory and ponder our lives! How we can improve... I don't really make a New Year Resolution but I do make a sincere attempt committing and contributing to making the world a better place by sharing The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a wonderful hub! I will be re-reading this on New Year's Eve. It is always so wise to review the past year to see what you have learned before embarking on the new year. I love this hub! The photographs are beautiful and so appropriate. Voted up!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Again - Barry

      Good to know. It's quite a challenge sticking to a New year's resolution. Happy 2012 in advance. Cheers.

      ** Hi Hello Hello

      It can be quite a challenge keeping those New Year resolutions. I have to admit I haven't finished answering all the Questions as we are still in November.

      Take Care. 2012 will be a Fab year for you. I hope. :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, Lady_E you are thorough with yourself. I never make any new resolutions. I never can kepp them because my destiny has its own will. lol

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Did I stick to my resolution.

      Am I healthier than I was in January-YES

      Is my attitude and approach to life better than in January-YES

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @KittytheDreamer - Inspiring Comment, Thanks and Good for you. I love it when people prove others wrong.

      Best Wishes to you. Cheers.

      @AlwaysExploring - Hi Ruby, I will remember your words. I tend to worry about everything. I'm glad you shared that. Thanks and Take Care.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I made a vow sometime back that i would stop worrying about the little things and i feel that i'm succeeding. You've written a great thought provoking article.

      Way to go!!!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      Awesome hub. I'll have to bookmark it and come back at New Years to take it all in again. Great points to bring up and face. I especially love the quote at the end about the greatest pleasures in life being the things that people say you can't do...I've found that to be very true in my life. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Anglnwu - You are so right. Things start going "fast forward" this time of year. Thanks and Best Wishes.

      ** Hello Skye2day - Good to see you. Nice comment about the beach. Ditto. :) If there are any interesting Olympics Memorobilia, I will make a note to post it to you. UK will host Olympics next year. That will make up for the beach. Thanks so much. Hope all the family is fine. ((Big Hug))

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Dexter - Thanks for stopping by to read. I'm looking forward to reading more of your updates from the White House. Regards.

      ** Hi FGual - I know what you mean. Same here. It's been a challenging year for me, but I hope 2012 will be better.... Wishing you a lovely 2012. Maybe you'd get to do more of your travels. I enjoy reading about them. Take care.

      ** SMK - Not to worry.... at least you dropped by. Regards.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Escobana

      I'm lifting a glass of wine to your cup of chocolate and saying "cheers" to that. A beautiful 2012. I spy with my litte eye something beginning with "D". Diam...... :)

      Best Wishes.

      Nice to see you again.

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      skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Lady_E sister. I am grateful to be here. Nice hub of love and an inspiration to keep on and keep on. Phil 4:13 We may not have lived up to our expectaions but hopefully we had God in the picture then nothing is in vain. Hey wish I was on that beach with you. I like allot. Love you sista. Sending a warm hug your way.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      It's always good to reflect on the year and you've given us many pointers. I can trust you to challenge us, especially this time of the year when everything goes super fast. Thanks and rated up.

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      smkdplay 6 years ago

      I haven't read you article.

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      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Hello LadyE. These are tough questions that I evade, since it reminds me of disappointments every year. I am never satisfied and feel I could have done a lot more.

      Glad you make me look at them, and learn something.

      Hoping the year has been good to you.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady_E! This hub is full of wisdom. Yes, I will take time to reflect on the questions you asked and answer them with an intent to enhance the good and change that which needs changing. Thank you.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Escobana 6 years ago from Valencia

      Dear Lady_E,

      The biggest lesson for me this year was, letting go of my beloved boyfriend, knowing it's only a goodbye for a while, making 2012 probably one of the best years I'll ever have!

      I remember your sweet comment on 'Can I put you in a box?' about letting him go.

      Your Hub offers valuable questions, to reflect on your life, listening to some lounge music, while drinking hot chocolate. Hope you'll be as eager as I am to start positively in 2012!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Ultimate Hubber - Not to worry. They don't have to be answered in one go. Good luck with the New Year Resolutions. Thanks for stopping.

      @Boby - Wishing you better days in 2012. Happiness, Peace, Abundance. All Distress gone. Take care.

      @Raxit - Cheers Raxit. Glad you stopped by.

      @Barry - Whitsundays? I'll have to google that later. Meanwhile, thanks for taking time to stop by. Best Wishes.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice picture look like its from one of the island from the ?Whitsundays

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      raxit02 6 years ago from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      Wonderful. Thanks for ur help.

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      boby325 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Nice hub,

      This year has been passed with great distress to me. Looking for nice days. Your hub will help me to do so. Thanks.

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Nice hub E!

      Some good questions here, but I don't know why, I don't feel like going through all these questions and would look forward to some new year resolutions for the coming year. 2011 was a great year for me but still, going through past has always been a challenge for me.

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Thank you Lady_E!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Mentalist Acer - I like what you wrote about symplifying your relationships. Certainly makes life easy. Thanks

      ** Hello Raakaji - that's true. Then we can take note of the ones we didn't act on and do them in the New Year. So glad you stopped by. Shukriya.

      ** Hi RastaMermaid - so sorry to hear what has happened to you family-wise this year. I pray God gives you strength to get through each day at a time. May Angels surround you, protect you and take you to 2012 where, hopefully the Sun will Shine again.

      Take care.

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Love the hub,I do an inventory of self at the end of the year. This year is so different,I've had so much death in my family and friends that this year,I'll just be happy to make it the New Year.

      Awesome hub,voted up!

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      raakachi 6 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Hi there, How are you? you are asking some good questions that every one should ask to themselves. But questions are there and most of us didn't act upon the questions and try to get the results. Take care!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      My attitude:

      Chaos is a fact of I use everything I know,intelligence,invoking as much emotional integrity,value and calm by simplifying my relationships and situation as much as possible.;)


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