Reflecting on 2021 & planning for 2022

2021 has been a big year for me. I'm proud of how much I've grown and I appreciate all of the lessons I've learned (even if it wasn't fun at the time!). A lot of things changed for me personally and professionally and I've definitely grown as a person, mum, friend, counsellor and business owner.

I know that 2022 is going to be a big year. A lot hasn't been working for me, resulting in fatigue, burn-out and general unhappiness so I'm going to be re-working a lot. I'm going to be prioritising the things that are important to me and mixing things up with my work. It's going to be a process and may take a little time, but I'm excited to change things to work how I want and need them too.


To me, December is a time for reflection. It's a time to look on the year I've just lived and acknowledge the struggles I've overcome, appreciate the lessons I've learnt and be proud of all of the wonderful achievements I've achieved. It's also a time to plan. A time to look at the new year and consider what you want to achieve, how you want to show up in the world and make commitments.


If you're ready to reflect on the year you've just lived and plan for the year that's coming, here are some of my favourite end of year journaling prompts! So grab your favourite journal and head somewhere quiet.


As you answer the below questions, remember to take your time and truly reflect. It's been a big year, at least for me, so there's a lot that may come up, but that's okay! Take your time and enjoy the process.

2021 reflection journaling prompts:

  1. What is one event from 2021 that you can tell your children about one day?

  2. What did you learn about yourself?

  3. What goals did you reach?

  4. If you had to describe 2021 in only 5 words, what would they be?

  5. Who was your number one person this year?

  6. What was the best news you received?

  7. What challenges did you overcome?'

  8. What was your most common mental state?

  9. What was your favourite memory?

  10. What did you do this year to improve somebody else’s life?

  11. What new habits did you cultivate?

  12. What is something you would have done differently?

  13. What advice would you give yourself 12 months ago?

  14. What or who made the biggest impact on your life this year?


2022 planning journaling prompts:

  1. What are your top 5 goals?

  2. What is your 'word of the year' and why?

  3. How do you want people to describe you?

  4. What impact do you want to make on the world?

  5. What 3 books will you commit to reading?

  6. What new skill do you want to learn?

  7. How are you going to commit to personal growth?

  8. How much money are you going to earn?

  9. Who is your inspiration for the year?

  10. What new habits will you commit to?

Remember, there's no right or wrong. Sending you all of my love for the holiday season!


With love

Shorina xo

Certified Counsellor & Mental Health Coach