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Uncover your dreams and aspirations

December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that is passing. This can bring about a sense of gratitude and help us to pinpoint what we would like from the shiny new year ahead. When we silence the noise and distraction and let our minds wander, we can begin to uncover the things that are calling us. This can help us to uncover our dreams and aspirations for the new year.

Personal reflection doesn’t need to look like sitting down and journaling, it could be something you consider as you go about your daily life. Often when we ask ourselves questions, our mind can offer answers when we least expect them, for example, while we’re out walking or taking a shower. I find it a fascinating process. At this time of year, I put my logical mind to one side, and I welcome a playful curiosity.

Personal reflection

Last week I met with my coach to review my coaching practice, reflect on 2018 and share my ideas for 2019. As always, the session was extremely insightful, and it uncovered a few things I hadn’t even considered. Following the meeting, I pondered over the questions he asked me and the new ideas that had emerged as a result. I didn’t write anything down, I simply explored the questions when I felt drawn to them. I also looked for clues – how I felt when I considered the different options and what I felt I was being pulled towards. I tried not to overthink or force any answers but openly observe what was bubbling up.

If you’d like to reflect and explore what’s calling you in the coming year, I’ve shared a few questions you could consider. There’s no right way to approach this, you could journal, create a mind map or vision board, draw, doodle or playfully ponder. The goal is to simply quieten the noise, so you’re better able to feel where your heart and intuition are guiding you. Try to be open to possibilities because you may find pointers and clues in your everyday life. I hope you enjoy the process!

Uncover your dreams and aspirations for the year ahead | Natasha Denness Coaching | natashadenness.co.uk (Photo of the botanic garden greenhouse)


1. Gratitude

What felt good during 2018?
What were you grateful for?
What brought you happiness, contentment and joy?

2. Growth

What did you learn during 2018?
Is there anything you discovered about yourself?
Has anything surprised you?

3. Accomplishments

What did you accomplish during 2018?
What are you most proud of?
Did you celebrate your achievements? (If you didn’t, there’s still time!)

4. Challenges

What wasn’t working or feeling good during 2018?
Was there something missing?
Was anything draining you of your energy, motivation and time?

Dream, create and grow..

While reflecting on the four areas above, you will hopefully start to see what you’d like more or less of in the coming year and uncover your dreams and aspirations. When you consider the following questions, try to think of the new year as a blank canvas or a new page, free of boundaries or restrictions. By creating space and observing your thoughts as they arise, you should start to get an idea of what you want from the year ahead.

Your blank canvas

What would you like the new year to look and feel like?
How do you want to be spending your months, weeks and days?
What do you want more of? And what do you want less of?
What are you being drawn to?
Do you have an overarching ambition, vision or goal for the year?

Uncover your dreams and aspirations for the year ahead | Natasha Denness Coaching | natashadenness.co.uk (Photo of the botanic garden greenhouse)

Further reading

Setting my intention for the new year with a word
How personal reflection can guide you in life and work
Bring your dreams and goals to life with a vision board

Season’s greetings!

And finally, as we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say a big heartfelt thank you to you for your support during 2018. There are so many inspiring things being shared online and I’m grateful that you choose to spend a few moments with me. I hope you have a magical and restful few weeks and I look forward to seeing you in 2019! Until next time, I’ll see you over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.


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    Kirsty 20th December 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    This is so helpful -as ever, thank you so so much xxx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 20th December 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Kirsty. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year!

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    Kathryn 20th December 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I’m going to revisit this post during my break in Norfolk at new year. It’s great thank you for the prompt. Merry Xmas Natasha and here’s to a fab 2019.

    • Natasha
      Natasha 20th December 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Kat. You’re welcome – I hope you find the questions helpful. Here’s to a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy 2019!

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    Debs | Tiger Mint 21st December 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Fab tips of how to approach the new year! I really hope 2019 is a better year in some aspects, but in other aspects 2018 wasn’t so bad :)
    Thanks so much for sharing

    • Natasha
      Natasha 21st December 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Debs. Season’s greetings – I hope 2019 is a better year.

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    Larissa Arnold 15th February 2019 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for the interesting post, I always find that reflecting your own personal achievements really helps motivate you to carry on and set new goals :)



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