2019 was a big year. I visited two new countries and six states, resumed a long distance relationship for the third time, quit my job, and did a whole lot more in between. Including starting this blog! As I look ahead to 2020 with both apprehension and excitement for all the changes in store for me, I know I have a lot of reflecting to do about where I’ve been that will help inform where I’m headed. The nice thing about this time of year is that it offers the perfect opportunity to review progress made on existing goals and the fresh start of setting new ones.
Maybe you don’t like the idea of “New Year’s resolutions” - I get it, those are daunting to come up with and hard to keep. That doesn’t mean you should let a new year begin without sticking to your wellness routine by practicing mindfulness. Here are a few journaling exercises to help you reflect on 2019, whether you are short on time or want to dig a little deeper.
If you have 5 minutes: You may have already heard of the game "Rose, thorn, bud" since it's great for recapping significant experiences. Put a new year's spin on it by thinking back on the best part of 2019, the worst part, and the biggest opportunity for 2020.
If you have 20 minutes: Create a bulleted list for the following categories: highs, lows, accomplishments, challenges, and goals for the new year. Try to list as many as you can to each category. If you have more time, add others of your own!
If you have 60 minutes: Use Maxie McCoy’s reflection guide, linked here to download. She has an impressive list of 25 questions that will really get you thinking about what you’ve accomplished in all areas of your life (work, finances, relationships, hobbies, etc.), how you feel about each, and where you have room to grow.
As an added bonus, take a look at some of my favorite round-ups that summarize the highlights of 2019:
The New York Times: 22 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2019
Esquire: Best of 2019 Guide
Google’s Year in Search
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