“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” – Sanchita Pandey
How do you navigate the balance between reflecting on the past, anticipating the future, and finding gratitude in the present?
Right now, we’re moving into Sagittarius season as we head into the end of the year. This time serves as a mirror to our past, allowing us to reflect on what we’ve learned, how we’ve grown, and how we can use these lessons to prepare for our future goals. But despite the chaos of our past struggles or the fixations with our future, it’s crucial to ground ourselves in the present moment.
In this episode of The Elevated Life podcast, we’re sharing “Past Reflections, Anticipating the Future, and Present Gratitude” so you can take a breather and contemplate on the journey that brought you where you are. If you’re searching for a fresh perspective on how you can make use of this time of the year, then this episode is a must listen!
Tune in to hear:
- How to recognize that true fulfillment isn’t about acquiring new, material things
- Why you need to spend time resting and reflecting vs. distracting yourself with work
- Tips to prepare for the new year by setting boundaries and aligning with authenticity
- The key to having impactful social interactions this season even as an introvert
Past Reflections, Anticipating the Future, and Present Gratitude
Reflecting on the Past
As we reflect on another year passing, it’s important to remember the challenges we faced and victories we celebrated. In our journey, we experienced personal struggles that, while difficult, provided us with valuable growth. While it’s easy to use work as a distraction from our crush of emotions, we’ve found value in taking time to reflect, rest, and replenish.
Anticipation for the Future
As we prepare for the new year, remember one thing – to be authentically yourself. Being true to our identities is more than just a decision; it’s a lifestyle choice. It’s also important to set boundaries and honor the process of letting go, transformation, and renewal, without getting caught up in the pressure to reinvent oneself completely in the new year.
Gratitude for the Present
Amidst past reflections and future anticipations, the current moment can get lost. But no matter your present circumstance, choosing fulfillment and happiness is possible now. You don’t need a specific amount of money, followers, or influence to feel gratitude for your life. Instead, it comes from having faith during challenges, introspection, and appreciating current blessings.
Past Reflections, Anticipating the Future, and Present Gratitude
[02:45] Operating out of faith, not fear.
[04:04] Find balance and embrace both the highs and lows, similar to how the seasons change.
[08:15] Reflect on what truly matters during the Thanksgiving season, including spending time with loved ones.
[10:50] Review and align with your current values, integrity, and boundaries instead of pressuring yourself in January with resolutions.
[16:37] How building new relationships can help you through difficult times.
[20:27] Tips to network and meet new people, even if you aren’t naturally social.
[24:51] The beautiful transformations Brit & Chris experienced this year from attending retreats.
[30:39] How an older woman with pink hair inspired Brit to be authentic and not be afraid of being seen.
[35:46] Fulfillment is a choice, regardless of money, followers, or influence.
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