25 Reflection Questions To Ask Yourself Before The New Year


2018 is coming to a close and we’ve made another trip around the sun. Unbelievable, right? 365 days. We are older, and hopefully wiser.

Every year many people set their New Year Resolutions. Some hit all of their goals and some don’t even make it through to February.

You may have had your best, most memorable year ever, or your worst year yet. For me it was, without a doubt, the worst year I experienced in my life so far. I’ve done my best to pick out the positive things from it all because I believe there is always balance to be found.

I am not the “New Year, New Me” type, but I am all for moving forward, starting fresh, and having a positive outlook ahead. However, I also strongly believe that before making new year resolutions, we should take some time to contemplate and review the past one. If we pump the breaks a little to reflect and appreciate what’s in the rear view mirror, maybe the road we travel ahead will be much more meaningful.



I thought I’d gather up 25 questions to ask yourself in order to honor the past year. Take a look back. I hope these help you celebrate your lessons, mourn your losses, enable growth, evoke change, and maybe cause you to throw your arms up in the air for any occurrence that you still don’t understand. Answer all of these and then take them into the new year as you continue with life’s ebb and flow.


  1. Who were your most valuable relationships with this past year?
  2. What was your favorite family memory?
  3. What was the funniest moment of the year?
  4. What is something besides the ordinary that you did for a friend?
  5. Did you make a new friend this year?
  6. What did you do to strengthen your closest friendships?
  7. Did you grow emotionally?
  8. Did you grow spiritually?
  9. Did you grow physically/take care of your health?
  10. Was there a time this year that you went outside your comfort zone?
  11. What have you learned about yourself?
  12. What is the best advice your heard this year?
  13. What is the best food you ate this year?
  14. Did you learn a new skill this year?
  15. What is the best thing you did for someone else this year?
  16. What happened on your happiest day this year?
  17. Did you experience something new?
  18. Did you have a set goal that you accomplished?
  19. Did you have a New Year’s resolution you didn’t keep?
  20. Name the best place you visited.
  21. Name your proudest moment of the year.
  22. What was the best thing about this year?
  23. What would you have changed?
  24. Your biggest takeaways?
  25. What was your biggest lesson?


Happy New Year to you and yours.

Don’t be afraid of change, it’s leading you to a new beginning and it doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to past.




  1. January 1, 2019 / 1:37 PM

    New Year for me is about changes. It’s all about putting the past behind and start all over again. It’s a daunting task to change or improve for the better but we can do it if we just put our heart and soul into it.

    • Stacy Liz
      January 2, 2019 / 7:21 PM

      Thanks, Emmanuel! You are right!

  2. Rosey
    January 1, 2019 / 8:08 PM

    It’s good to reflect if we’re doing so constructively. I see a lot of people bashing themselves and that’s not going to help fix a thing. Best to look at it wisely, learn from it good and bad, and move forward. I like your insightful reflection questions.

    • Stacy Liz
      January 2, 2019 / 7:21 PM

      Thank you so much Rosey! I appreciate you reading the post!

  3. Ronnie
    January 1, 2019 / 8:35 PM

    I wasn’t sure what I had accomplished this year until I looked through your questions and looked back on 2018. I’ve grown so much and reached so many more goals than I expected!

    • Stacy Liz
      January 2, 2019 / 7:22 PM

      I’m so glad to hear that. Now we can move onto 2019 – all the best for you!

  4. January 2, 2019 / 4:02 AM

    to answer one of the questions, the best food i ate all year was double decker carrot cheesecake! great post – it’s good to sit back and reflect sometimes, isn’t it?

  5. January 3, 2019 / 10:22 AM

    I love the list of questions for reflecting. I think I will take some time off today to write down answers to some of them today. May we both have an awesome 2019.

  6. Becca Wilson
    January 4, 2019 / 1:57 AM

    This is such a great way to reflect on the year that has passed us by. I know that so much happened in 2018 that I am ready for a fresh start.

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