Growth,Connections,and Experience: What Can We Learn?

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Part 3 – A reflection exercise for friends and family

In this three-part series, I’ve provided personal questions for you and prompts for your team to help you take an essential year-end pause for reflection and future planning. In this final installment, I’m giving you an exercise I find especially useful with friends and family. I’ve given you four categories to consider and some tips to improve your results.

Personal Growth

  • What is one thing you learned about yourself this year?
  • What challenge did you overcome, and how did it make you stronger?
  • What new skill did you learn, or what old skill did you improve upon?
  • What are you most proud of yourself for this year?
  • What is one thing you want to work on for next year?

Family Connections

  • What was your favorite family memory from this year?
  • What are you grateful for about your family?
  • What is one thing you appreciate about each family member?
  • How can we improve our communication and connection as a family?
  • What is one family tradition you want to start or continue?

Overall Experience

  • What was your biggest highlight of the year?
  • What was your biggest challenge of the year?
  • What surprised you the most this year?
  • What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?
  • What is one word that describes your overall experience this year?

Additional Exercises

  • Create a time capsule: Each family member writes a letter to their future self about their hopes and dreams for the next year. Put the letters in a box with other mementos and bury it or hide it to be opened next year.
  • Make a gratitude jar: Decorate a jar, and throughout the year write down things you are grateful for and add them to the jar. On New Year’s Eve, read aloud all the things you are grateful for.
  • Create a top-hits playlist: As a family, compile a playlist of songs that represent your year. Listen to it together on New Year’s Eve and reminisce about the good times.
  • Have a laugh party: Share funny stories and jokes from the past year. Laughter is a great way to bond and connect as a family.
  • Do a “more of, less of” brainstorm: Discuss what you want to do more of and less of as a family in the coming year. This is a great way to set goals and intentions for the future.
  • Puzzle competition: Work together as a family to complete a puzzle. This fun activity can help you build teamwork and communication skills.


  • Set aside a dedicated time free from distractions for your reflection exercise.
  • Encourage everyone to participate and share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Be open and honest in your communication. Focus on the positive aspects of the year.
  • Make it a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

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