Another year has come and gone! Before making your new year’s resolutions, consider these creative and mindful ways to reflect on the year. Why reflect? Well, reflection is a great way to acknowledge and honor what you’ve been through. By doing so, you can take those learned lessons into the new year to plan for a better future.

Create a scrapbook by compiling your favorite photos from the year into a book with fun stickers, stamps tickets and stationery. This will be fun to look back on in the future!

Create a shadow box or time capsule with memorable items collected over the year. Items could include: movie stubs, event tickets, wine bottle corks, bottle caps, seashells, sand from beaches visited, pressed flowers, feathers, stickers, jewelry or charms, buttons, photos, letters, medals, and souvenirs.

Since this craft is preserved by a frame, the memory reminders can be enjoyed often if the shadow box is hung up on a wall in a frequented room.

Create a reverse bucket list of all the awesome events, activities and milestones experienced during the year. This could also be a gratitude list of memories you’re thankful for.

Journal answers to reflection questions such as:

  • What is the best thing that happened?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of this year?
  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • What new skills did you learn?
  • What new habits did you start?
  • What challenges did you overcome?
  • What is the most important lesson you learned this year?