As we start a new year, it’s easy to get lost in all the planning, resolution-making, and excitement about the year ahead of us. There are so many lessons that can be learned from last year, and even more special memories that should be cherished. In an effort to not let the years all blur together, I like to do a few things to celebrate the previous year every January. Do you have any traditions around celebrating special moments in your life? I would love to hear them!
Do you have any traditions around celebrating special moments in your life? I would love to hear them! Here are just 3 easy things you can do to celebrate the best moments of last year:
1. Create a photo book
Just looking through the digital photos I’ve taken from last year feels like a celebration in itself. It feels like extending the joy. I like to spend some time going through my images and selecting about 50 or so of the best ones, the ones that tell a story of that year.
Think about your narrative—what’s the story you want to tell? Use a mixture of words and images to tell your story of why the moments you chose to highlight made last year so special. (Here’s a great online book-making tool to get you started.)
I’ve made several photo books over the years for myself and for gift-giving. I know my parents especially appreciate receiving photo books as gifts.
2. Create a collage of your favourite moments to display on your wall
Here is an example of one I created in PicMonkey. This is actually a vision board for one of my previous words of the year: Explore, but you get the idea.
3. Make a recording
Record a video or audio of you talking about your favourite moments. This will be a nice thing to watch or listen to again in the future, or to pass on to your children.