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Why Your Marriage Needs a Year In Review

With the New Year approaching, it’s common to look ahead to the future. But

having a “year in review” with your spouse is also important. Have you ever looked

back at the past year together?


Looking backward can give you both a sense of perspective. What things went well

this year? What didn’t work out for you? What were you hoping the past year would

bring? Did those things come to pass, or did life take a turn in its own direction?

However the year went for you, it can be helpful to take some time to reflect

together. Ultimately, you might just find that a look back at the past year can help

you clarify your plans, dreams, and goals for the upcoming year.


A YEAR IN REVIEW OFFERS PERSPECTIVE

When you take a close look at the past year, you and your spouse can both see how

expectations and results differed. What were you hoping for during the past year?

What did you get instead?

Pick a few events, struggles, or outcomes to talk about together. Do you want to

celebrate something exciting that you achieved? What about course-correcting on

a plan or goal that didn’t go well? Consider what you’d like to try to replicate, and

what you’d do differently.

REFLECTION BRINGS CLARITY

Reflecting makes the events of the past year crystal clear. That’s great for you and

your spouse if you’re hoping to adjust moving forward. Whether you’re setting new

goals or re-setting the goals of the previous year, you’ll have more information to

work with.

How do you feel about the past year–satisfied? Joyful? Disappointed? What

obstacles did you face along the way? What parts of the year were easier or more

difficult than you expected? Is there anything you can do to ease your path in the

New Year?

CLARITY REVEALS THE PATH FORWARD

Once you’re clear on what worked and what didn’t this past year, it’s time to look

ahead. Use the information you’ve gathered in the prior year to forge your new path. Like every year, there will be twists, turns, and curveballs, but making a plan

will help you stick as closely as possible to your goals.

Dreaming together is such an impactful part of a fulfilling marriage. When you put

your heads together to imagine what life could be, you have much greater chances

of achieving your dreams. After all, you joined forces as a couple to create a

beautiful life. What could be better than using the past year to sharpen and re-

focus on those dreams?


USE YOUR EXPERIENCES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE

As you wrap up your year in review, consider how your experiences can help the two

of you strengthen your marriage. What did you learn about yourselves and one

another that can help you in the future? How did the year shape how you want to

approach goals and dreams moving forward?

If the year revealed work that needs to be done in your relationship, contact one of

WHY YOUR MARRAIGE NEEDS A _YEAR IN REVIEW_
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