The end of a year offers a natural opportunity to do a longer reflection on where and how you are. (We will post some for the start of 2017 also)

This is what we would recommend:

  • Get a significant other to do this with you
  • Create a fun space in time to do these questions (in nature, in a coffeeshop, with a glass of wine, etc, etc.)
  • Invite God to do this alongside, with you.   Still yourself, be reminded that you are deeply cared for by God.
  • Take a moment to remember the year – what were some of the key moments?
  • Select the questions below that speak to you and write down your answers (it’s always a treasure in future)
  • Share some of your responses with someone.



  1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
  2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
  3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
  4. What was an unexpected obstacle, hurt or disappointment?
  5. Pick three words to describe 2016.
  6. Pick three words your friend/family would use to describe your 2016 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think they see you).
  7. What were the best books/blogs/shows/movies you read/watched this year?
  8. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
  9. What are some of the changes in relationships that occured?  (closer/further/new)
  10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
  11. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
  12. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
  13. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
  14. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
  15.  What was the best way you used your time this past year?
  16. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
  17. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2016 for you.
  18. Where did you say ‘yes’ to God in your life this year?
  19. What opportunities did you not expect this year?
  20. Do feel like you missed any opportunities?
  21. Where have you seen growth in your life/work skills?
  22. What longings were/were not fulfilled this year?
  23. How are you different this year than last year this time?
  24. If you had to give this year a symbol/picture what would it be?
  25. What grace has God offered to you this year?