Each December, I look back on the year that has passed and notice what each month brought. I've written about that practice before, and I recently realized that it can be helpful to do a mid-year check-in, too.
You may be very familiar with the mid-year review process at work, and it may be a source of stress ~ whether you are the reviewer or the reviewee. The practice of doing a mid-year check-in with yourself is not meant to be a source of stress; it's about coming into a more attentive relationship with yourself.
Most of us have ideas about how we hope and would like the year to unfold, yet it rarely happens that way. We all are faced with surprise situations that require us to respond and adjust our expectations. This check-in is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your intentions, recognizing that there will be curveballs.
Set aside some time where you can reflect without being disturbed. You may want a notebook, tablet or computer, so you can organize your thoughts in a way that feels supportive. It can also be helpful to have your calendar nearby, as a way to remember what happened each month.
Consider the different areas of your life and what you have experienced. Perhaps there have been changes or developments in your work, finances relationships, family life, and health. You will likely notice that you've had some challenging times, and some times that were nourishing and/or exciting. You've probably also had some experiences that you expected, and some that were unforeseen.
One way to reflect on what you notice about the last six months is to remember that you often cannot control what happens; but you can decide how to respond to it. See if you can let that mindset inform your reflection, and help you orient in a more compassionate way.
In checking in with yourself, you may realize that your intentions have changed since the start of the year. Maybe you had certain priorities in January that no longer seem as important. Just let yourself notice what's true now. You don't have to hold on to an intention that doesn't seem as relevant; you can hit the re-set button, if that feels right.
At the same time, you may notice that you have lost track of an intention that is still important to you. If that's true, see if you can acknowledge that and re-commit to letting that intention guide you in the next six months.
You are the only one who can know what is right for you, and you will likely know what is right by getting a little lost and finding your way again. It's easy to fall into habits and forget your intentions, so notice if you start to criticize yourself for forgetting. Know that it's just part of the process.
In creating space for reflection and taking stock of the year so far, you have the opportunity to be both honest and compassionate with yourself, and to find a sense of dignity and aliveness in how you respond to your experience in the next six months.