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23 Journaling Prompts for the New Year

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year! Now is the perfect time to reflect on where you have been this past year and start thinking about where you want to be in 2023. Journaling has so many benefits and allows you to clear your mind, improve your mood, track your progress and goals, strengthen your memory, and even find inspiration! Whether you’re looking for self-reflection journaling prompts or journaling prompts to motivate yourself and inspire you in 2023, we got them for you!

Get ready to reflect just in time for 2023 with these 23 journaling prompts below!


Grab your journal, a notebook, or even a clean sheet of paper and something to write with — a pencil, pen, or even colorful markers! It’s simple — take a few minutes to write down one or more of these prompts found below and just answer the question(s)! Remember to write anything that feels right. You don’t have to follow any structure or rules!

23 New Year Journaling Prompts

What were your favorite memories and experiences of this year?

What have you learned about yourself from this past year?

If you could re-live one day from this past year, which would it be and why?

What went well for you this year? What did not go so well for you this year?

When did you feel most drained and exhausted this past year?

What do you want to do the same next year?

What did you say “yes” to that you wish you had said “no” to? Why?

What did you say “no” to that you wish you had said “yes” to? Why?

What important goals did you have in 2022 that you did not reach? Why?

What were your favorite books, movies, shows, and songs from 2022?

What word would you use to describe 2022 and why?

How are you different than you were last year in 2021?

What is a skill you want to learn in the New Year?

What is a New Year’s Goal or Resolution you have for 2023?

How will you take action toward your goal(s) in 2023?

Where do you want to be one year from now? Describe it.

Write a personal mantra or affirmations you have for the New Year.

What places do you want to visit in 2023?

Who do you want to surround yourself with in the next year? Is there anyone you would like to reconnect with?

What is a new skill or hobby you would like to learn next year?

How will living your ideal life make you feel?

What is the theme of your 2023?

Write a letter to your future self.

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