New Beginnings – Out with the Old, in with the New: 18 Questions to Start 2018

26 December 2017 | Written by Xenia Ayiotis

Filed Under: Change Holiday Eating

“Celebrate endings for they precede new beginnings”
— Jonathan Lockwood Huie —

At this time of the year there are so many articles about New Year’s Resolutions, Big Changes and Big Goals, “The Best Year Ever” and by February it’s all abandoned.

Like diets, resolutions don’t work. Change happens in small, repetitive, imperfect steps. Small wins matter. January and the onset of the new year, however, does bring hope for change and new beginnings. I traditionally like to start the New Year with a series of questions to set the tone for my year ahead. Here they are…

  1. What are you most grateful for right now?
  2. What were the best things about 2017?
  3. How did you grow in 2017?
  4. What needs to be acknowledged about 2017?
  5. What do you want to do more of in 2018?
  6. What do you want to do less of in 2018?
  7. What beliefs, friends, habits do you want to let go of in 2018?
  8. What beliefs, friends, habits do you want more of in 2018?
  9. What are you really, truly, hungry for?
  10. What is one dream you have forgotten that you can re-introduce?
  11. What are you committed to creating in 2018?
  12. What advice would you like to give yourself as you enter 2018?
  13. What would you do if your success was guaranteed?
  14. What would you be proud of for completing in 2018?
  15. What major indulgence are you willing to give yourself?
  16. Who or what are you most committed to serving and loving?
  17. How can you bring more fun into your life in 2018?
  18. What “exquisite risks” (Mark Nepo) are you willing to take in 2018?

May the New Year be a year of peace, courage, abundance and joyful moments!

Wishing you a year that is inspiring, promising and full of growth!


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