Wow a new year! It’s hard to believe that we are already a few days into a new year and a new month. If you are like me, you may be a couple of steps behind on your self-exploration and goal setting for the new year. While I had every intention to start strong on January 1st, life happened….sickness hit, the kids had hard days, and I found myself a good 2 1/2 steps behind. The good thing is self-exploration and goal setting can start anytime, today even!

While these are not questions that I personally came up with on my own, I have found them extremely helpful as I have navigated through what I would like this next year to look like for me personally! Dr. Therese from Exploring Therapy came up with the following 20 questions to help you self-reflect on your past year. Even if you have never journaled a day in your life, take the time to scribble down the answers to these simple questions:

20 Questions to reflect on 2020

1. What 3-5 words would you use to describe your past year?

2. What 2-3 memories stand out when you think of 2020?

3. Who was most present for you this year, and how were they present for you?

4. What would you do over this year if you could?

5. What habits worked well for you this year?

6. What moments were the most life giving for you in 2020?

7. What brought you the most stress in 2020, and what would you tell yourself a year ago to prepare yourself better for this?

8. What relationship do you want to be more intentional about this year?

9. Where did you spend most of your time this year, and how did it feel for you?

10. Where would you like to spend time next year?

11. What helped you connect with meaning and purpose this year?

12. What was your biggest challenge this year?

13. What are the biggest lessons you learned in 2020?

14. What sparked your feelings of gratitude the most in 2020?

15. What regrets do you have about this year, if any?

16. What was the most beautiful thing you saw this year?

17. What or who made you laugh the most this year?

18. How did your body support you this year? How did you support your body?

19. How did you practice self-care in 2020? What area do you need to practice loving yourself better?

20. How do you want to feel when you’re reflecting on 2021, a year from now?

Remember that Self-Exploration is VITAL for growth. In order to move forward, we must take a little time to reflect on our previous decisions and choices. Notice I did not say harp on them! Reflect, and then move on. Take the time today to answer the questions above as you look into what 2021 could look like for you. Happy New Year!