To observe and meditate on our past brings us clarity about how to move forward with wisdom.
For this reason, I love to journal through reflection questions at the beginning of the year. If you prefer to process things out loud rather than to write, it may be more helpful or enjoyable to discuss these questions with a dear friend or partner.
With our eyes wide open to how we have changed, what we have despaired over or hoped for; our path becomes clearer and our deepest desires become known.
I've gathered these questions from a few different sources and I hope they bring you clarity, a chance to reminisce, and a deep connection to yourself and to those you do life with. I hope they help you to move forward with purpose and intention.
Just a reminder: There is no wrong way to do this exercise. You can pick and choose the questions that speak to you. You can do them while drinking tea, drinking wine or eating nachos. You can work on them throughout January or all year long. Some of the questions may seem repetitive or similar so I encourage you to choose the ones that speak to you. Choose the ones that you know you need.
- What was one of the moments I was most proud of this year? What does that tell me about how I want to spend my time, energy and money in 2022?
- Who enriched my life this year in a big way? Who is someone I am wanting to get to know better in the year ahead? What relationships do I want to give time to?
- Did I feel jealousy this year? If so, what is that person up to that I want to bring more of into my own life?
- When was I most physically joyful this year? How can I get there more in 2022?
- What is one question that I found myself asking over and over again this year? What version of an answer am I living my way into?
- What makes me despair and what gives me hope right now?
- In what ways did I grow emotionally?
- In what ways did I grow spiritually?
- When did I feel most free this year? How can I channel that energy again?
- What did I discover that I love this year?
- What simple pleasures have I especially enjoyed?
- What pleasant surprises did I experience during the year?
- What am I mourning or craving from 2021?
- What am I celebrating? what am I most grateful for?
- What skills have I grown in this year?
- What was a new habit or routine I created this year that has improved my life, home or career?
- What's an aspect of self-regulation I've gotten better at this year?
- What was the most difficult part of the year for me? What did I learn from it?
- What was the most difficult relationship for me? What boundaries might need to be set in the coming year?
- What did I have to or choose to let go of this year?
- What did I change my mind about?
- When was I most creative? What prompted that creativity?
- What was the most transformative experience of 2021? How did I experience growth?
The team at Dear Society wishes you a New Year filled with love, hope, intention, grace, joy and creativity!!Sources
Courtney E Martin & Krista Tippet
Tsh Oxenreider - The Art of Simple