Reflection, Deflection, and Celebration

19 Dec

Take advantage of this wonderful time of the year to network!

This season is one of reflection and celebration. As I pulled out the decorations for my tree, I decided to scale back a great deal and simplify. My first reason was to have less work putting it all away after the first of the year. This reflected my approach to this past year where I scaled back from writing this blog – Hopepreneurs – for a season after the death of my husband. I’ve thought about letting it go but keep coming back to my passion to help women entrepreneurs find their path to success. Here are some insights rom this season.


It’s a good time to sit with a pen and pad of paper to reflect on what you’ve accomplished this year. Write down everything as it pops into your head. This might be a good time to create a ‘mind map’ of all the things you’ve been able to do and the challenges you’ve faced. Don’t limit it just to your business. A good sentence to get you started would be, “I am excited that I was able to ….” Reflect on what worked, what you were able to do well, and on what you want to repeat in the future. There will also be those things that you wish you could change. Write those down as well. Don’t beat yourself up about them. Instead, let go of the guilt and use them as a way to learn and grow.

Hope Conclusions

I had the opportunity to travel this year with my Dad. These times together on a trip to Costa Rica and a cruise to Alaska created priceless memories. I also set my priorities around a major accomplishment of getting a new book written.


The most important part of this process is to take the list that you have created and look at the areas where you felt you made a mistake or were disappointed in the outcome. What did you learn in this process? What will you do next time? Forgive yourself, learn from it and transform your life. Make this a passage to new understanding and compassion. Shift your thoughts from unrealistic expectations of yourself and others to forward movement in the right direction.

Hope Conclusions

I had a surprising turn in my professional life where a door shut abruptly. It was unexpected and hurtful yet has taught me that I must focus on the things that only I can do. I will be happiest in these roles.


This one is my favorite! What do you celebrate on your list? What breakthroughs, transformations and challenges propelled you forward? I celebrate that I finished the first draft of a new book titled The Power of Hope in Mourning: Ride the Waves to Comfort. It has been a difficult time yet one of tremendous growth and change.

Hope Conclusions

I celebrate the person I am becoming. I celebrate the relationships that I have retained and the new ones that I’ve cultivated. I celebrate the completion of a major project – my book. I am excited to move forward into next year.

What are you celebrating as you close out 2014?

Author, speaker, corporate trainer and Hope Catalyst, Karen Sebastian enjoys sharing her rich life experiences with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world. To increase hope and make difference in your business, click here.


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