New Year Reflective Writing Exercise

Jan 02 2018

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Brecon Beacons

Wowee! The new year has birthed a humdinger of a supermoon! I don't know about you, but I've been feeling the potent energies swirling about. Feels to me like the ideal conditions for letting go of the old and making space for the new! If you haven’t got down to writing your new years resolutions, don’t worry! This moon drenched 24 hours might be the best time to do it.

Here are some questions, designed to help you reflect back through 2017, harvesting the joy and wisdom from your year, before planting seeds for the year ahead.

Set yourself up in a nice clear space. Kiss your loved ones goodbye for a little while. Find some paper and your favourite pen. Make yourself a nice cup of tea. Turn your phone off, put some lovely music on, sort out some nice lighting. Give yourself some time.

1.) Reflecting back through 2017. Use your diary / calendar to go look back through 2017, month by month, making notes of the events, themes, highs and lows of 2017. You could make yourself a table with the following headings:

Month / What was going on for me? / What brought me joy? / What were my challenges?

2.) What made you happy? Looking back at your answers to question one, make a list of the things that made you happy in 2017. Be specific. Think about all the factors that made up your moments of joy; the environments you found yourself in, the activities you were doing, the qualities of the people, animals and things that appeared in your life, how you chose to fill your time. You could start with the title:

I am happy when….

3.) What did you learn? Going back through your challenges of the year, make a list of your learning. What did you discover about yourself through the challenges? What new / existing skills did you develop? What new / existing qualities did you cultivate? What are you now capable of that you weren’t before? What lines have you drawn? What new boundaries did you set? You could start with the title:

This much I know…

4.) What would you like to let go of? What would you like to leave behind as you step into this new year? You could start with the title:

I’m letting go of…

5.) What was missing? Looking back through your reflections, what would you say was missing in 2017? What adventures, experiences and qualities of time did you feel were lacking? You could start with the phrase:

I need more….

6.) Is there anything else you’d like to invite in for 2018? Reflecting back through all your writing, do you have a sense of anything new brewing? You could start with the phrase:

I am opening to…

I hope this exercise brings you clarity, courage and commitment to the path that brings you joy and fulfilment. Big love, Holly xxx

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