I've done a lot of processing of the past year (2023) and I felt like I have come to peace with it and expressed gratitude for all I learned.
But when I saw Shannon Kaiser's questions on Facebook, I knew I wanted to explore the past year a little more. In her post, she said she asks herself these questions and that they were inspired by @itsmarkgroves.
They inspired me, too, so I wanted to share them here with you.
Feel free to print them out and use them as cards. I think it would be fun to get some people together and have them draw cards and reflect on the questions they receive. A journaling party, of sorts.
Journal Prompts for Reviewing 2023
2023 was Tough, but I'm Grateful
This past year was challenging for me in many ways, but at the same time, I am very grateful for what it taught me.
One of the biggest challenges was that, for some reason, I didn't use my light box until the fall, and I definitely need it year-round. So when something went wrong, I believe it hit me harder than it would have if I'd been using it.
But I also experienced emotional abuse and toxic relationship dynamics and they are what became my greatest teachers in 2023.
The last year has felt...
Depressing and painful at times, but also exhilarating, exciting and empowering. I had supportive friendships that helped me in so many ways.
What I am most proud of myself for is...
Setting boundaries. I was doing a lot of over giving and people-pleasing, and that took quite a toll on me. It was eye-opening to realize that I was playing a part in the toxicity that I was encountering.
The greatest lesson I learned about myself was...
That I am not who I have been conditioned to believe I was. I am so much more.
But also less! I found out that a lot of the thoughts and feelings I claimed, and the energy I encountered, were not actually mine.
The person who taught me the most is...
The person with whom I had the most difficult relationship. That person inspired a lot of shadow work and healing.
I'm grateful for them because...
I needed to see myself clearly and had not been able to do that before. And I needed the emotional pain to motivate me to work through my own limiting beliefs and dysfunctional patterns.
Some ways in which I could have shown up better are...
Responding from a more grounded and empowered place instead of reacting in the moment with anger. But I also missed a lot of clues about what I was dealing with, and I wish I had understood sooner.
Some ways I'm proud of myself for how I loved are...
Eventually, I was able to be more real and thus, more loving. I also worked on letting go in my relationship with my son. He needs a lot of space around him and I have honored that.
What I am grateful for in 2023 is...
Mentoring and healing I have received. But also, I have chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities and I am grateful to be receiving disability income (finally).
In 2024, I am ready for...
Continued spiritual growth. Deepening of my friendships. Creating a sustainable income while living my purpose as a healer and lightworker.
I'm committed to...
Separating my identity from the false self I believed I was, and learning to live every day as my most authentic self.
Letting life flow without my resistance or attempts to control it. Letting it be good and easy.
What I am most excited about is...
Resting more, experiencing more joy and connection, more dedicated moments of stillness, better health and the pleasure of living my purpose full out.
What I am going to create is...
Daily self-care routines that feel even better. A course or membership that will be an expression of the work I came here to do in the world.
Whew! I am so glad I answered those questions. I encourage you to give them some time yourself.
See you tomorrow!