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30 Prompts to Reflect on In the New Year

The Power of the Written WordIn 2014 I shared 60 prompts we can respond to in order to get to know ourselves. (See here and here.)

Here’s another list of 30 prompts to help you delve deeper, take kinder care of yourself and connect to the core that is you. Prompts include everything from reflecting on 2014 to exploring your favorites to lessons you’ve learned about yourself.

1. Make a list of 100 things you were grateful for in 2014.

2. Make a list of 20 things you’re grateful for in the start of the new year.

3. I’d totally listen to this song on repeat for months … because …

4. When I look outside right now I’d love to see … because …

5. Throughout the years, what have you learned about yourself?

6. How would you like to take care of yourself in 2015? (Keeping in mind that the best self-care is the kindest self-care.)

7. This amazes me about my life or life in general …

8. If I could live anywhere in the world, it’d be in …

9. How can you bring that world into your world?

10. What makes your eyes sparkle with joy?

11. What is the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced?

12. What are your favorite ways to use your senses?

13. Tell someone what your life is like during the course of a day (you can share your inner life — thoughts, feelings, beliefs — as well). Then ask them to do the same. Transcribe each other’s responses. Share what’s surprised you about your own words and theirs. Share what you’ve learned.

14. What were your favorite purchases from 2014?

15. This year I’d like to read these books … because ….

16. What top three images stick out in your mind from 2014?

17. What images would you like to create in 2015?

18. What’s one thing you’d like to learn about yourself in the new year?

19. What have been your favorite moments lately?

20. Write a letter to your life.

21. Erma Bombeck once said, “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” Make a list of everything you’re worried about. Then either create a solution for it, or rewrite it onto a separate scrap of paper, rip it up and let it go.

22. What are you bored of?

23. Today, I am feeling … (Don’t worry about how you should feel or how you want to feel. Just focus on how you’re feeling. No shoulds, or musts or supposed-tos. However you’re feeling is valid, right and perfectly OK.)

24. Make of list of anything that surprised you in 2014. Maybe you were surprised by the kindness of a stranger or by your own strength.

25. Today, I noticed these small but beautiful moments …

26. What are your favorite things to do alone? If you don’t have any favorites, experiment with different activities to find out.

27. What physical activities bring you joy?

28. How can you add these activities into your life? And let go of the activities that don’t?

29. What would you like to cultivate, nourish, produce and expand in 2015? What seeds would you like to plant?

30. Make a list of 10 random prompts — words, phrases, questions. Then respond to them.

When reflecting on these prompts, consider using a separate notebook. In fact, you can devote a different notebook to each new year. This way you can go back, and look at your responses, spot patterns, spot distinctions, and pick up new insights into yourself. Because your words are vital. Because your relationship with yourself is the foundation for all others.

30 Prompts to Reflect on In the New Year

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. is an Associate Editor and regular contributor at Psych Central. Her Master's degree is in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University. In addition to writing about mental disorders, she blogs regularly about body and self-image issues on her Psych Central blog, Weightless.

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