7 Reflective Questions to Process Your Year

Courtney E. Martin‘s ON BEING article entitled “7 Questions to End 2017 With Clarity and Start 2018 With Intention” has some really great questions for reflection as the year comes to an end.

Although Courtney shared her own responses, the questions themselves present an opportunity for continued reflection and intention for years to come if you’re like me and are into that sort of thing. I’m sharing the questions (somewhat adapted) here as a resource, and plan to revisit and adapt them further as time goes on.

Answer these questions for yourself:

1. “What was one of the moments I was most proud of this year? What does that tell me about what I want to spend my energy/time/money on next year?”

2. “Who really enriched my life this year in a big way? Who is someone I am wanting to get to know better in the year ahead?”

3. “It was a year of resistance for many people. What did I resist most effectively? What did I surrender to?”

4. “Who did I feel most jealous of this year? What is that person up to that I want to bring more of into my life?”

5. “When was I most physically joyful this year? How can I get there more next year?”

6. “What is one question that I found myself asking over and over again this year? What version of an answer am I living my way into?”

7. “What makes me despair, and what brings me hope right now?”

Well, that’s a bit more than 7 questions, but they’re all great so it doesn’t even matter. I hope they stir as much critical self-reflection in you as they have in me. Enjoy.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones

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Relando Thompkins-Jones

I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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