A New Year Reflection Exercise

Written by

Katie Hintz-Zambrano & Katherine Oakes

9:00 am
01/02/18

Photographed by Michelle Drewes

If you haven’t fully recapped the turbulence that was 2017 or made goals for 2018 (because kids/school break/life/etc.!), you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s no time like the present—the first week of January—to take stock of the year that’s passed and fully embrace the new year. To get you started, we’ve listed 10 reflection questions below to guide you through some early 2018 journaling. After completing this exercise ourselves, we love to huddle with our partner or a few friends who have also went through the exercise, to share our takeaways and clue others into our 2018 goals. Enjoy!

What 2017 accomplishments am I most proud of?

In which areas did I struggle most in 2017?

Which friends supported me most this year? And which friendships changed and shifted?

Name 3-5 (or more!) positive memory-making experiences from 2017.

Name a few negative memory-making experiences.

In which areas did I see the most personal growth and change?

What am I most grateful for in 2017?

What do I want more of in 2018?

What do I want less of in 2018?

What are my 2018 goals?

An earlier version of this article was originally published in December, 2015.

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What a good and inspiring way to reflect and start again… Thank you!
Larissa (Hamburg, Germany)

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