10 Journal Prompts For End Of The Year Reflections

Hi there, lovelies! Can you believe that we are a few days away from the end of the year? For some reason it felt like I lived several years in just 12 months.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still processing 2020. So I told myself that I would write in my journal about it. A little like a summary and self reflection of everything that happened this year.

It was hard to start since like I said, A LOT happened this year. That’s why I thought about creating some journal prompts that will help me with my end of the year reflections.

So here I am, sharing with you some reflection questions I made myself to summarize my year.

Also, even though I went through some hard things this year, I wanted to keep my reflections with a positive note.

I wanted to remember everything that happened, but I also wanted to tell myself that no matter how hard it is, I’ll going to make it and that I’ll be OK.

My 2020

When at the begging of the post I said that it felt like I lived many years in just a couple months I really mean it.

From January to March. Life was normal and COVID-19 was far from my country (I’m from Chile).

From March to June, I spent my time at home with a very restrictive quarantine. Which I didn’t mind most of the days since I would spend my time working and having fun with my family.

On July my year took another turn. My grandma was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

That changed everything. From a “normal” life in quarantine to the stress of not being able to travel and see my grandma. Again, due to the pandemic. It definitely made the process harder.

Then time started to pass faster.

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On October I was finally able to flight to Peru and visit my grandma. I live in Chile and the boarders were closed in Peru.

Not long after visiting my grandma, I had my flight booked to the US to finally close the distance between my fiancé and I. After five years of long distance relationship!

Closing the distance meant that I have to move my life from Chile to the US. And I had to do everything in a couple of weeks.

It was rushed but due to the circumstances, I had to simply work with it.

A week after I landed in the US. My grandma passed away.

It was fast and I’m still having a hard time processing everything. Part of me still doesn’t believe it. From having a super healthy grandma to having to say goodbye to her due to her very aggressive tumor. She was also 74. Very young.

My grandma was a big part of my life. All my childhood memories are attached to her. She never missed a single important event in my life. She cooked for me, take care of me when I was sick, and even made clothes for me.

How is it possible that she is no longer here?

This is my first experience with death as well. The first person I lose while being an adult. So it has been hard. Many emotions at the same time.

Because I’m also happy. Happy that I’m finally with my significant other after years of long distance relationship.

What a year… with positives and negatives. Life is unpredictable and we just have to learn how to deal with it.

I’m also happy that it got me in a moment of my life where I am more in peace. So while I’m sad about it, I also know that is part of life and she lived her life at its fullest.

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Journal Prompts For End Of The Year Reflections

1. Three things I did this year that I’m proud of:

2. The best thing that happened the past year (2020):

3. What are some of the changes I have experienced in myself?

4. Five things I’m grateful for that happened on 2020:

5. A list with the best books/movies/shows I read/watch on 2020:

6. What did I accomplished this year?

7. A memory from 2020 that makes me smile:

8. How were my relationships this year? Did I let go anyone this year or created new ones?

9. Rate 2020 from 1 to 10 and explain why:

10. Intention or goals for the new year (2021):

So tell me, how was your 2020? Are you excited to leave it behind or it was a good year for you? Let me know in the comments!

Also, is journaling something you do? I just started two months ago I love it! I think it’s the best way to keep memories of how we really feel in a particular moment in our lives.


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  1. You’ve gone through so many ups and downs this year and I can’t imagine trying to process all of those emotions in the midst of everything else happening in our world right now. I only hope that 2021 brings you much more good than anything else. I love your journal prompts here.

    1. I’m starting 2021 in a very different way and I’m happy about it. Life happens and we just need to learn how to deal with them the best way we can. Journaling has been very helpful this year! I needed something that would help me vent.

  2. These are some wonderful reflections to write about in your journal. I think it’s definitely important to document your success as well as your failures. Being grateful is always important as well!

  3. I definitely cannot believe the end of the year is upon us already. These journal prompts absolutely put into perspective a lot of the things people may have missed this year dealing with everything else. I think the accomplishments and things that one may be proud of are important no matter how big or small. Thank you for giving us a lot of food for thought.

    1. I know right? It’s so crazy that we are already in 2021. Also, I agree. It’s important to remind ourselves about all the good things we did in a year. No matter how small they are. They are all important!

    1. I totally agree. Besides, it’s a great way to remind ourselves about all the things that go right in our lives instead of focusing in what didn’t work out.

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