Journal Prompts for the New Year


December 27, 2023

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As we approach the dawn of a new year, it’s the perfect time to engage in a bit of self-discovery, reflection, and goal-setting. One of the most powerful tools at your disposal? Your journal. Here are some of our favorite journal prompts for the New Year.

1. Reflect on the Highlights: Take a moment to flip through the pages of your journal from the past year. Highlight the moments that made you smile, taught you valuable lessons, or brought you a sense of accomplishment. What were your personal triumphs, big or small?

2. Lessons Learned: Inscribe the lessons life has graciously taught you this year. What challenges did you face, and how did they shape you? What newfound wisdom will you carry into the upcoming year?

3. Gratitude Galore: List five things you’re grateful for. They could be people, experiences, or even personal qualities. Cultivating gratitude sets the stage for positivity and abundance in the year ahead.

4. Letting Go: Identify any lingering negativity or baggage from the past year. Write it down, and then ceremoniously release it onto the pages of your journal. Free yourself from the weight that no longer serves you.

5. Your Word of the Year: Choose a word that will be your guiding light for the coming year. Whether it’s “resilience,” “joy,” or “growth,” let this word encapsulate your aspirations and intentions.

6. Goal Setting: Map out your goals for the new year—both big and small. Break them down into actionable steps and set realistic timelines. This roadmap will serve as a compass, guiding you towards success.

7. Self-Care Checklist: Create a list of self-care activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Commit to incorporating these practices into your routine regularly to ensure a balanced and fulfilling year.

8. Cherished Moments to Come: Envision the moments you look forward to in the upcoming year. What adventures, milestones, or personal growth are you excited to experience?

9. One Thing Every Day: Challenge yourself to jot down one positive thing every day. It could be a compliment you received, a small victory, or a moment of joy. Watch how these daily affirmations accumulate into a treasure trove of positivity.

10. Letter to Future You: Pen a letter to your future self, expressing your hopes, dreams, and intentions. Seal it and set a reminder to open it a year from now—it’ll be a beautiful journey to see how much you’ve evolved.

11. Free write: Here are some of journal prompts for the New Year in the form of questions that our Founder Emily Williams recently asked her clients during one of their coaching sessions:

  • What are you most proud of from 2023?
  • What are you most grateful for?
  • Where did you stretch yourself?
  • Where did you show up boldly, what was the result?
  • Where did you move via desires not fear, what was the result?
  • What did you try and fail at?
  • A dream I want to let go of is
  • A dream I want to move forward with is…
  • I’m no longer tolerating…
  • In thinking about my relationship with myself, I’m being invited to…
  • In my relationship with others, I’m being invited to…
  • My top professional goal is
  • My top personal goal is
  • Where I could hold myself back is…
  • The support I need to make those happen is…
  • My word for this year is…

Embrace the power of reflection and intention-setting as you bid farewell to the old and welcome the new. Your journal is not just a collection of words; it’s a canvas for your dreams and aspirations. We hope these journal prompts for the new year support you in creating a year filled with growth, joy, and endless possibilities! ✨📖 #NewYearNewYou #JournalingJourney

P.S. In the market for a new journal or pen, here are some of our favorites!

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