Important Questions to Ask Yourself

Write On

I hit a major writers block. 

I've been trying to come out of this block by writing about personal experiences and reflections in my journal - and it has worked. The topics are coming back to me and I'm inspired to keep the momentum going.

Sometimes it's easier to write about what's most familiar.

Sometimes it's easier to write about what's most familiar.

There is no time like the present.
Luckily, the present for me (and possibly you) is the end of 2016. It's a nicely packaged end to a unit of time. I like to use this time to reflect... and avoid writing resolutions at all costs. 
I cannot tell you how much I hate New Years resolutions. They feel manufactured and unrealistic. I can go on about why these don't work and why they are actually counterproductive for personal growth and self-care, but I'll save that for another day.

In lieu of resolutions, I like writing letters to myself at the end of each year. I write as though I'm speaking to myself many years from now when the little details blur between the milestones and I forget the building blocks that make up my life. It's my chance to stop and come up for air. It's also a lot of fun to read years down the line. And because it's addressed to you and only you, make it as brutally honest and as detailed as you like. The more honest and unfiltered you can make it, the better. 
To make it easier, I've come up with 20 questions to ask yourself. There are no right or wrong answers, but the only answer is to start responding. 
Fold it up, tuck it away, and bring it back out when you need someone to tell it to you the way it is.

10 Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What is really important to me right now?

  2. What brings you great joy when looking back on the past year?

  3. Who do you need to thank?

  4. What is a new habit that you're proud of?

  5. What did you learn this year?

  6. What is something in the world that is deeply affecting you right now?

  7. Where do you want to go next year?

  8. In what areas of your life do you need to allow yourself more grace?

  9. What are things you need to let go of?

  10. What are you most thankful for from this year?