Happy New Year!
As one year ends and another begins, we’re at that time where we’re setting goals and trying to begin habits to help us live a better life in the year to come.
We live in a day and age where time feels like it zips by in the blink of an eye, it’s so easy to just get swept away in it all.
Sometimes we can fall short on recognizing the good that’s in our life, the goals that we accomplished, or how much progress we have actually made.
I believe it’s SO important to not only recognize the way your life has unfolded, but to celebrate your wins and to learn from the experiences where you were tested.
When you take the time to reflect on where you’ve been, you get a better idea of where you want to go and how you want to get there.
Journaling can be such a powerful tool to help release your emotions and hamster wheel of thoughts. Writing down whatever it is that comes into your mind, helps clear your mind; helping you walk away feeling a little more centered and in control.
The beautiful thing too about journaling is that there is no right or wrong way. Any form that feels good that allows you to get your thoughts out is going to be beneficial. It can also be used as powerful tool for reflection in the future.
You can buy something new, write in an old notebook, or open up word document on your laptop. You could journal notes in your phone or even record yourself talking in voice memos.
Whatever you choose, it’s perfect for you.
Now, let’s get into it.
- What’s something that surprised you the most about last year?
This could be learning a new skill, picking up a new hobby, developing a new mindset, etc.
- What are you most proud of?
This can be big or small, we’re here to celebrate it all.
- How has your relationship with your friends and family changed?
It’s important to reflect on our relationships to see where we should give more or maybe take a step back.
- How has your relationship with yourself changed?
Get honest with yourself, for the better or the worse.
- Where was your favorite place to visit?
This is more for a fun trip down memory lane, to remind you of the good times. This doesn’t have to be some fancy vacation; it could be a visit to a friend’s house or a hike.
- What made last year memorable?
When you think back on 2021, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
- What qualities do you love most about yourself?
BE YOUR BIGGEST CHEERLEADER. Write down all the good that you are, from your smile, creativity, kindness, and determination. Recognize it all.
- What personal (not physical) qualities are you working towards obtaining?
Do you want to be more thoughtful? More driven? Develop better boundaries?
- What have you always known to be true about yourself?
Have you always known that you have a creative brain? Determination to succeed? The desire to help others?
- If you had an entire day to yourself with zero responsibilities or expectations, what would you do?
Get specific. What time would you want to wake up? What would you eat? Where would you go? What would you do? How would you feel?
- What are some things that you’d like to try for the first time?
Make a list of all the things you want to do, you don’t have to do all these things this year, but you have a better idea of the things you CAN do this year.
- At the end of 2022, what do you hope your life will look like? What will it feel like?
When you close your eyes, what do you hope your life will look like? What are some things you can do to make it happen?
- What’s one change to your life that you could make that would bring your more peace?
Do you need more organization? More honest conversations?
- How can you move your body more this year?
Moving our bodies is proven to help us feel better. Dance more, take walk around the block, take a class you keep putting off.
- How can you make yourself more of a priority this year?
What are some things that you can do for YOU?
- What does success look like for you in the upcoming year and how do you need to redefine your definition of success?
Success comes in many forms, financial, relationships, things with self.
- What types of food do you want to incorporate into your life this year?
Do you want to drink more water, learn to cook with fresh garlic, or eat cake just because you want some damn cake?
- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
Dream it up babe, what would you do? And what could you do now to make that a reality in the future?
Happy writing my friends.
I hope you were able to resonate with some of these questions and that they encouraged you to think a little deeper.
I hope as you reflect on the year that has passed that you are able to not only learn from yourself but celebrate yourself.
And most of all, I hope that this year you make the relationship with yourself a priority,
….because you’re worth it.