For many, the New Year is a time of reflection. Something about the calendar year starting over, makes us look back and reflect over the last 365 days.
One way to do this with intention is through journaling. Journaling helps us get out thoughts and ideas. It helps us to process events, thoughts, and feelings. It can open our eyes to thinking about something differently, and it can help us move through challenges we've faced.
So with the new year approaching, here are ten journal prompts for reflecting on endings. They can be used to reflect back over this past year, but they can also be used for any type of ending.
To use these prompts for other types of endings-- end of a school year or job, end of a relationship, a move to a new house or city... just change the words in parentheses to fit the ending you want to reflect on.
Journal Prompts for Endings
How was the start of (the year) different from the end?
Have you changed (this year)? In what ways?
What did you want to have happen (this year)? Did you achieve it? If yes, what helped? If not, what were the challenges you faced?
What were the highlights of (the past year)? What made them highlights?
What challenges did you have (this past year)? What made them challenges? What helped you get through it? What did you learn from it?
What do you want to leave behind in (the old year)?
What do you want to bring with you into (the new year)?
How are you feeling about (this year) ending?
If you had to give (this year) a title, what would it be and why?
If you had to pick a symbol, or draw a picture to represent (this year) what would it be and why? Try it, draw it!