hot chocolate with mini marshmallowsOur long, luxurious fall came to an abrupt end the first week of November. Winter came in at full strength with six inches of snow and cold temps. It took all of us hardy Midwesterners by surprise. After about a week of denial, we adjusted. Everyone is in full winter mode now wearing warm coats and hats, turtle necks, and wool socks every day. We are a practical, adaptable crowd!

I love the snow. That layer of white really brightens up our shorter days and forces us to slow down. And I love December because it is a month of contrasts. There is the frenzied energy of year-end activities and holidays. And then there is the quiet energy of HIBERNATING — tucking in under a warm blanket with a mug of hot cocoa for a low key evening.

Another reason I love December is the YAHOO/BOO HOO/AH-HA activity I offer my coaching clients.

Curious? Well, here is how it goes: We start with YAHOO — exploring all the things that were good about the year: accomplishments, achievements, and good times. Then we visit BOO HOO: the disappointments, things that didn’t get done, and the tough moments. We wrap up with AH-HA: capturing the important nuggets of learning from the year. Most of the time, at the end of this activity, my clients create a simple ritual for saying Good Bye to this year.

I love doing this activity with my clients and for myself. It really wraps up the year so that we start the New Year fresh. Would you like to give it a try? CLICK HERE for a worksheet that will walk you through the activity. I hope that you like it!

Warmly, with hot cocoa and marshmallows,

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