With the holiday season ramping up and a new year right around the corner, there is no better time than now to reflect on your dreams and desires.
Reflecting on dreams and desires is not only a timely exercise for women over 60, but it is also an essential part of creating the life you desire at any age.
What does this look or feel like? And what potential obstacles can get in the way of doing this during one of the busiest and most festive times of the year?
In this second blog of this six-part series on “Living Your Dreamlife in 2024,” we will answer these questions as we explore some of the best ways to reflect on your dreams and desires in the coming year.
Reflecting on your dreams and desires is not wishful thinking. It’s about stacking the odds in your favor to experience more out of life on your terms.
As simple as this may appear on the surface, for many women this is not easy.
To help you settle into doing this and overcome distractions, especially during this time of year, here are some common obstacles women over 60 face when it comes to being, doing, and experiencing more of what they desire:
Society often imposes unrealistic expectations and false stereotypes on women, particularly as they age. Because of this, there may be a perception that your dreams and desires are no longer relevant at this stage of life.
From believing you might be too old or thinking it’s too late to start something new, limiting beliefs can hinder self-reflection and limit personal growth.
Many women over 60 have spent a lot of their lives prioritizing the needs of others over their own. If you can relate, this selflessness can make it challenging to shift your focus back to yourself.
Unless your dreams and desires are more important than what other people think, this fear could be your #1 obstacle to openly reflecting on and pursuing what truly brings you joy and fulfillment.
As we age, there may be certain health challenges or physical limitations that can impact our ability to pursue certain dreams. If this is true for you, these limitations can dampen enthusiasm or create a sense of discouragement that keeps you from reflecting on your desires.
Many women over 60 often find themselves surrounded by people who are unsupportive. Don’t let the absence of outside encouragement get in the way of reflecting on your dreams and desires.
Financial constraints can pose challenges when you want to pursue your dreams and desires. Practical considerations, such as limited resources or financial responsibilities, may need to be addressed but should not be the reason you don’t take time to reflect on your aspirations.
In spite of these challenges, it is important to remember your dreams and desires are valid and deserving of exploration. Recognizing and addressing these obstacles can empower you to nurture your growth and find joy in pursuing your dreams.
Here are 10 easy steps for inner reflection that I have personally used over the years and can be helpful for you in making 2024 a remarkable and fulfilling year.
Find a quiet, comfortable, and peaceful space where you can focus and have uninterrupted time for self-reflection.
Setting intentions for your reflections can help guide your thoughts and provide clarity.
Gratitude sets a positive tone for self-reflection.
Are there any specific goals or ambitions that you put on hold in years past but would like to revisit in 2024?
Shift your focus to the present moment and think about what you truly desire now.
Reflect on the ways you want to grow personally and the self-love and self-care practices you wish to prioritize in 2024.
Reflect on your relationships with loved ones, friends, and community. Where and with whom can you establish a supportive network to help you manifest your dreams into reality?
Refer back to the list earlier in the article and explore new ways to overcome these obstacles.
Create a vivid picture of you living your dreams and desires. Allow yourself to experience your dreams being fulfilled.
By journaling your reflections and detailing your dreams you make them more tangible.
Remember, reflecting on your dreams and desires is a uniquely personal process. Please feel free to adapt these 10 steps to your specific needs and interests. The key is to be open and honest with yourself as you explore your dreams and desires.
In the comments, share what your dreams for 2024 are and how you reflect on them.
I invite you to join me in the video where I will share additional insights and guide you through six journal prompts to help you integrate what you are learning.
What are your dreams for 2024? Have you reflected on them? What reflection methods do you use?