So Long 2023, It’s Been Great, Let’s Make 2024 Even Better

Kim Martin
2 min readDec 22, 2023


As we plan to bid farewell to 2023, it’s only fitting to pause and reflect on the journey you’ve had and all you’ve accomplished in this past year.

Throughout the highs and lows, there’s no doubt you’ve experienced invaluable growth this year and are all the more poised to take on your goals for 2024.

This quiet, contemplative time between this year’s close and the new year’s beginning is my favorite time to take stock — and here’s a simple way to do it:

Grab a piece of notebook paper and jot down all the months in a column. Next to each month, highlight a standout moment, whether it’s a professional triumph or a personal milestone. If you’re drawing a blank, flip through your phone’s photo album to jog your memory and relive all the wins from the past year.

Now, distill each month into a single word that captures its essence. Here’s an example from my own reflection:

April: Traveled to Nappa with my mom and siblings to celebrate her 85th birthday — BONDING

It’s a fantastic way to frame your expectations for the new year and set new goals for the year to come, such as crafting a New Year’s Resolution list.

Instead of throwing yourself into a generic goal like working out more, consider breaking it down into monthly goals.

Trust me, it’s a game-changer — you’ll not only keep things exciting but also build anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead.

Cheers to reflecting on 2023 and gearing up for whatever 2024 has in store!



Kim Martin

A thought leader in the areas of executive leadership, change management, and women in the C-suite.