New Year’s Reflections
At the end of the year things slow down, the days grow shorter and the darkness spreads. Thoughts of the holidays and of the year behind us flood our mind as we prepare for the new year and the adventures that await.
This is the time of year always makes me giddy – it’s the planner in me. I spend most of the month thinking about the last year and all that’s happened while planning for the next year with hopes of change and adventure.
Three years ago I started a tradition to answer the same 25 questions each new year. These questions help to reflect not only on the year that’s passed and all that’s been accomplished but also to set the foundation for the year ahead. They help to realize goals and to acknowledge all that’s already been accomplished. Even better, is comparing the answers from year to year. They allow you to see how far you’ve come and what you still need to work on.
As we approach the new year, I’m answering these questions again and thought I’d share them with you. Try answering some of these for yourself and save them to look back on next year. Feel free to add in your own questions and only answer the ones that you feel add value to your life. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn about yourself and you’ll have something to compare to next year when you want to know how much you’ve grown.
A piece of advice you’ve learned from this year
This Year in 3 words
Something you learned about myself
Your biggest achievement this year was
Best compliments from this year
Favorite place you visited?
What are you most thankful for?
Who surprised you the most?
What fears did you overcome?
How has your relationship with yourself changed this year?
What are your life goals?
What are this year’s goals?
What was your biggest disappointment?
What is something you’d be happy to do all over again?
An act of Kindness Imprinted on your mind
An act of Selflessness you’re proud of?
Purchase you’re most pleased with?
What new idea/film/article/book impacted you the most?
What memory will you have forever?
What did you most enjoy learning?
What habits do you want to get rid of or improve on this year?
Whom do you want to spend more time with this year?
What from this year is pointing to good things?
What did you not do this year that you promise to do next year?
What is your overarching theme for the year?