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Journaling Prompt – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 1: Reminisce

December 2nd, 2009 by Avital
New Year's Resolution
[Photo by: Kat]

December means celebrations, holidays and elevated spirits but it also means the year’s end. If we plan in advance we are already thinking about next year’s resolutions.

Last year I posted a special New Year’s Resolutions Series on Creativity Prompt – offering three different ways to come up with your new year’s resolutions: the traditional way, the clairvoyant way and the action based way.

This year I am posting another series, concentrating on how to choose the best new year’s resolutions.

Step 1

The system includes 4 steps and the first step is to reminisce.

For this step you may go back in time as far as you wish. Either look solely at 2009 or look at the past 5 years, 10 years, 25 years or even look back at your childhood years.

Review your past year or years and take notes. Write down lesson learned, missions accomplished, dreams fulfilled, goals met, etc.

At this stage all you have to do is bring up memories. Don’t analyze. Certainly do not criticize. Don’t replicate goals. Just write down what you remember – resolution-wise – from years past.

Step 2


Step 3


Step 4



Are you a resolution person? Have you conformed to your past years’ resolutions? Share by leaving a comment on this post. I love discussions!

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5 Comments to “Journaling Prompt – New Year’s Resolutions Series – Step 1: Reminisce”

  1. Already??!! ( just kidding! )
    Thank you for a very interesting post.
    I don’t think I had realized there could be different ways…it makes a lot of sense anyway.
    I do write resolutions, no matter what the outcome is, I find the process to be quite healthy and energizing!

    ( and now I’ll go back to finishing my ATCs! )


  2. Melanie K. says:

    I have to admit to never really making any resolutions … is that odd? LOL – maybe I am not a ‘goal-oriented’ person? I know I want to lose weight and I will probably have to wait until after the holidays to make any headway … I did it three years ago (then got pregnant with my third boy) and then gained it ALL back. So I know I can do it … it is just getting into the mindset to DO IT. I am not there yet.
    I also want to try new techniques in the arts. Again, just TRY it. If I love someone’s art journal, copy them! Don’t feel guilty and ‘un-artistic’ for not coming up with my own thing.
    Well, I guess I may have some resolutions this year, 😉

    • Avital says:

      Only do what you truly want and what you feel comfortable with. You can take a peek at last year’s series for other ideas on how to create your “dream-list” for 2010.

  3. gestapo says:

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