These New Year Journal Prompts are for reflecting on the year that passed, and using what you learn there to look ahead to the new year.
It's actually REALLY HARD to keep making new goals for the New Year if you're not taking the time to reflect on and learn from what happened with your plans for the year that is ending.
By taking some time to reflect on the year that has passed, you're gathering up the gifts and lessons so you can carry them with you into the new year.
These new year journal prompts also help you create some space for processing and healing the hard parts of the year that is ending, and getting clarity on what you want to let go of, to make space for what you want to receive in the new year.
Since 2020 was kind of a big year, I'm also doing all of this in a much deeper way in Releasing 2020 Blessing 2021 - right here.
New Year Journal Prompts Part 1. Looking back on the year that is ending:
What did you try with your dreams in 2020? What worked? What didn’t work?
What was amazing in 2020?
What are you most grateful for about 2020?
What did you do in 2020 that you’re proud of?
What did you learn/discover that you want to bring into 2021?
What was hard in 2020?
What do you want to leave behind in 2020?
How did your dreams grow in 2020?
How did YOU grow in 2020? What gifts and strengths do you have now that you didn’t have in 2019?
Is there anything you need to do to complete your year? Any unfinished business that you’d like to finish, and leave behind as you move into 2021?
New Year Journal Prompts Part 2. Looking forward to the new year:
Try to list 5-10 things (impossibly big or microscopically small or anything in between) you’d like to have happen in 2021, in each of these different parts of your life:
health * relationships * creativity * purpose/career * money * self-love/self-care * spirituality * happiness * adventure/play
I know that seems like a lot, but the act of listing TONS of things can really open up your sense of possibility. So spend some time with this - I find it's best to leave this list out somewhere for a few weeks over the holidays, so I keep adding new things as I think of them.
When you're done go back through your list and imagine how each of these things will make you happier in 2021. If there is anything on your list that won’t truly make you feel happier – cross it out.
Is 2021 a year to focus on One Big Dream or is there a bunch of stuff you want to do? Either way, write out your Big Dream, or Bunch Of Dreams, for 2021.
Why do you want this?
How will you feel when you have it?
Do you already know how to make this dream real, or is this something you need to learn more about first?
What’s your plan for giving this dream what it needs to thrive in 2021? Brainstorm 10 things you can try.
What do you want to STOP doing in 2021? And what are some things you can you do to make that as easy as possible? How will not having these things in your life make you happier?
Then imagine yourself at the end of 2021.
(You might want to draw/collage/doodle an image of you from one year from now).
How are you different? How did you grow? What new strengths and skills do you have? Does you-from-one-year-from-today have any messages or advice for you?
Want to go deeper? Binge on my FREE and ridiculously helpful journaling + meditation classes over the holidays ✨
Your Next Steps is a journaling + meditation class for sorting through your next steps - PERFECT for getting your New Year sorted.
The Hard Parts Are Where The Magic Happens is a healing circle and inner work workshop (you'll actually get access to this one automatically when you sign up for Your Next Steps, just in case you get stuck)