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A New Year Reflection Exercise

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano & Katherine Oakes

Photography by Michelle Drewes

If you haven’t fully recapped 2023 or made goals for 2024 (even if it’s simply “surviving”), you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s no time like the present 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 2024 journaling. After completing this reflection 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 2024 intentions. Enjoy!

(Want to keep reflecting all year long? Check out these 24 guided journals for 2024!)

10+ Questions for a New Year’s Reflection Exercise:

What 2023 accomplishments am I most proud of?

In which areas did I struggle most in 2023?

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

Name 3-5 (or more!) positive memory-making experiences from 2023.

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 2023?

What do I want more of in 2024?

What do I want less of in 2024?

What are my 2024 goals and/or intentions?

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