I love the feeling of a fresh start that comes with the beginning of each new year. I see it as a chance to release the past and renew my focus on the things that matter.
As a creative life coach and an avid journaler, I frequently focus inward on my values, thoughts and feelings, but the start of a new year offers a a clean slate to remind myself of where I want to direct my energy.
So I’ve created a free printable workbook with gorgeous lettering, prompts and imagery to help you make 2018 a purposeful, inspired and magical year.
I see it as a sort of guidebook for the year ahead – a map to guide you through the year. Much like a manual for the year – with the values and goals you want to focus on, guiding you through the next 365 days.
It’s called the Magical Yearbook – a book can you can return to over and over again throughout the year to keep you inspired.
The Yearbook contains loads of prompts to guide you, on such topics as:
- Goal setting
- Ideal year
- Guiding values
- Spiritual practice
- Self care
- Limiting beliefs
- Staying inspired
- Creative toolbox
- And more!
You also get access to some tips for filling the Yearbook out with ease and joy for each of the sections, as well as prompts to help you close out 2017.
You can download the free Yearbook here:
Use the prompts and mini lessons below to help guide you through each section of the Yearbook. Enjoy!
Prompts to wrap up 2017
The Yearbook is focused entirely on all the goodness we want to create in our lives in 2018, so for that reason, I’ve left out any prompts about 2017.
I want the yearbook to be a guide for you through 2018 and I thought having notes about 2017 in there wasn’t necessary – and may even be counterproductive for some.
But I do think it’s important to make peace with the past, celebrate what you’ve achieved, and be honest about the things that didn’t work out. I don’t feel right going straight into the new year without some kind of ritual releasing the year that’s been.
Why? For me, it’s the feeling of awareness and a sense of closure. Awareness of what has happened this year, but more importantly, awareness about my feelings towards these things. For example, we still haven’t finished our tiny house build (but we are really close!) and that makes me a little disappointed. I don’t want to avoid this feeling, but rather make peace with it and use it to help me figure out how to make next year better.
So, with that in mind, I’ve created some journal prompts to get you thinking about the year that’s been. There are loads of great prompts online, I’ve just selected some of the ones I love and added a few of my own.
I hope these can guide you through a sort of closing ceremony for 2017, so you can welcome the new year with open arms.
- What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.
- Describe 2017 in one sentence:
- This year I’m most grateful for…
- My biggest achievement this year was…
- This year I got really excited about…
- This year I was most inspired by…
- My greatest challenge this year was…
- I need forgive myself for…
- My biggest piece of unfinished business from this year is…
- The greatest lesson I’ve learned this year is…
- How have you grown as a person this past year? How are you different this year than last?
- This year I wish I had done more…
- I wish I had done less…
- What was the best way you used your time this past year?
- If you had more time to invest in this past year, what would you do with it?
- If I could redo 2017, I would…
- Write a letter to the you from the start of last year. What advice would you give yourself?
- If 2017 was a book, what would the title be? Name some of the chapters.
- Did you have a guiding word or guiding values for 2017? How did it serve you? How did it challenge you?
- The biggest gifts of 2017 were…
Be gentle with yourself when going through this, it can be tough if the past year has been a difficult one. I always find a cup of tea, some nice music and a candle, incense or essential oils are comforting.
Notes to help you fill in the Yearbook
I recommend working through the Yearbook in order. It has been designed so that most of the sections build on the previous ones. Here are some tips for each of the sections:
Enjoy your Yearbook, and if you know someone who would love it, please share it! Don’t forget to come join us in the Journaling Dangerously Facebook group to share your progress!