Journal Prompts to Reflect + Set Intentions

For many of us, 2022 was a hard year. Body autonomy and social justice themes were prevalent in 2022. The economy and inflation were common topics in the nightly news, as well as supply chain issues. COVID-19 continued to be prevalent in many areas of America in 2022, despite being 2 years into the pandemic. Political unrest showed up in the form of a conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. We experienced the loss of Queen Elizabeth, Bob Saget, Pelé, and more. And - these updates are only ones that made the headlines in the news!

Reflection and looking ahead are two practices that may bring closure to 2022 as well as welcome the start of 2023 for you. Reflection is a way we look backwards and summarize our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It brings forth understanding of self, perspective-shifts, strengthening of relationships, and understanding of the world around us.

In the same way, looking forward through intention-setting is a way we prepare ourselves for what is to come. Setting intentions helps us create action steps, feel motivated, experience personal autonomy, and feel empowered to make change.

Just one way to reflect and set intentions is through journal prompts. If you’re looking for guided prompts to help you close out 2022 and begin 2023, look no further than these prompts from Higher Life Pathways!

Journal Prompts to Reflect on 2022

  1. What event from 2022 (social, political, financial, etc.) stands out to you when you think about last year? Why do you think it’s prevalent in your mind?

  1. While we mourn the loss of celebrities, the loss of those close to us are the hardest. What loss did you experience last year? A loss of a friendship, relationship, or life of a loved one?

  2. Write down three memories that come to you from 2022. Why are these memories important to you?

  3. You likely found yourself navigating through some tough situations in 2022. Write a thank you letter to yourself and/or to a loved one for getting through that hard time. You don’t have to send this letter if you don’t want to!

  4. While you had hard times, you also had great successes! What are three major successes you had last year? Why do they stand out in your mind as major?

  5. Did 2022 seem to have a theme for you? As in, did you experience a lot of rest, or work, or loss, or success? Think of a word that could summarize your 2022 experience.

  1. What is something new you learned last year? A hobby, skill, job, or just some new quality about yourself? 

  1. How different was January of 2022 from December 2022? Did you find yourself in a different job, relationship, house, or circumstance? How do you feel about the change?

Journal Prompts to Set Intentions for 2023

  1. What feels unresolved from 2022? As in, what have you left on the table in 2022 that you need to revisit in 2023?

  1. Name 3 of your values. If you have difficulty picking out your values, try reading this list and picking which words feel right to you.

  1. Sometimes, our values show up in our happiest or proudest memories. Write about a time you felt really joyful or really proud of yourself. What themes come up for you?

  1. Just like your 2022 likely had a theme, you may be thinking about a theme for 2023. What is a single word you could use to describe your hopes for 2023?

  1. Would you like to learn a new skill, hobby, job, or something else in 2023? What would you like to learn? How can you go about learning it?

  2. What is a habit or pattern you’d like to leave in 2022? How can you change that habit or pattern?

  1. In what ways can you support your mental health this year?

  2. Finally, setting an intention means setting a wish or plan for 2023. What is your wish for this year?

We hope these journal prompts help you to feel closure for 2022 and feel excited about 2023! If you’d like a teammate in 2023 to help you on your healing journey, we’ve got you covered. At Higher Life Pathways, we love goal-setting, even if that means just setting an intention for 2023. Reach out to us today; we look forward to hearing from you!





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