Reflecting Back on 2017

As the year winds down, I always take the time to reflect and write about the past 12 months. Not just the "what" of what happened, but also the why.  How did I change as a result of what I experienced this year? How did I stretch and grow? What did I learn? Where did I let go? 

Q Cards can really help illuminate your learnings from this year. All you have to do is draw a card, and change the question from present tense to past tense.

Here's how it works.  I pick a card: Where does your heart long to make art?  And I ask: "Where did my heart long to make art?" And voila! A perfect 2017 reflection prompt.  Here's another: "Who needs you to take a chance on them?" Which becomes "Who needed you to take a chance on them?" A third example: "How can you inspire someone to reach for their dream?" Which would become, "How did you inspire someone to reach for their dream?" 

If you're a future-minded thinker, you can spend a lot of time looking ahead – seeing the mountains ahead and thinking of the heights you'd like to scale. So it's a very restorative, validating practice to turn around and look at all the mountains you've already scaled. To take in the view from the top - this close of 2017 – and give thanks for all you've been, done, and learned.  Here are some of my favorites prompts for a year-end reflection practice. 

Debra Walsh