Welcoming the New Year: 15 questions to get you set for 2017

As the year comes to a close, I like to stop for a moment and reflect. After all the busy merriment of Christmas, the approaching New Year represents a clean space of new beginnings.

I tend to feel overwhelmed and out of balance after Christmas. The best antidote, I find, is to realign myself to what truly matters to me. You may feel the same. Reflecting over what actually felt good to you in the past year is a fruitful place to start, instead of jumping straight into grand schemes and lofty New Year’s resolutions.

Try these questions to help you see what truly mattered to you in 2016 and get you ready and excited for 2017. You can write them out, mull them over or talk them through with a friend. Don’t overthink, though. You want to listen out for that tiny whisper of unexpected honest feeling.

  1. 10 things I did in 2016 that I am proud of, from the tiny to the big, are …
  2. The biggest thing that happened was …
  3. The unexpected thing was …
  4. Something that challenged me was …
  5. The things that made me feel good were …
  6. What I needn’t have worried about was …
  7. The people I loved spending time with were …
  8. My favourite creative pursuit was …
  9. The best place was …
  10. I felt most at peace when …
  11. I was inspired by …
  12. The habit I want to cultivate in 2017 is …
  13. What I want to let go of is …
  14. For 2017 I wish for …
  15. The intention I want to set for 2017 is …

I hope 2017 will bring you peace and joy!