I have a love/hate relationship with the end of the year. I love how slow it feels; I love the ritual of packing up beloved Christmas ornaments and clearing space for new trinkets and toys. I love the anticipation of a new year about to begin and the quiet moments of reflection. I love buying a bouquet of flowers just because it's time for something new and alive.
On the other hand, I hate how high-pressure beginning a new year can feel. It's this time of year that the siren of perfectionism and sky-high goals can come calling, leaving me feeling defeated before the ball drops.
Every year, in an attempt to make space for reflection, prayer, and meditating about the upcoming year, I do some sort of activity like this. Since I have my own questions I ask myself and find joy and comfort in doing this, I thought I'd share it with you all. I've put the questions here in text form for you do to on your own or with your partner/spouse, or you can download the free ebook version of the same questions with space to journal and write.
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:4-5 (MSG)
My top three moments in 2017 were:
My hardest three moments in 2017 were:
In 2017, the theme of my year turned out to be:
The biggest lesson I learned was:
Here’s what (and who) I’m most thankful for from 2017:
I’m most grateful for friendship(s) with:
I felt God nearest in 2017 when:
My highest point of the year was:
My lowest point of the year was:
I’m thankful for the low point(s) because:
I’m thankful for the high point(s) because:
If I could do 2017 over, I’d change:
In retrospect, the mistake I learned most from was:
Ways I want to take care of myself in 2018
I want to cultivate friendship + community in 2018 with:
My most important relationships in 2018 will be:
I have many roles and responsibilities. My top five roles I will honor in 2018 are:
Simplify: Because I can only do so much, here are the things I'll let go of (including guilt + expectations) in 2018:
My verse (or theme, word, intention) for 2018 is:
The biggest mistake(s) I made in 2017 will be my best teachers in 2018. With that in mind. here’s what I’m doing differently in 2018:
My intentions (goals) for 2018 are:
Journaling prompt: Write a reflection as though 2018 has already happened. What was (will be) most important to you? At the end of 2018, what will truly matter?