Take Time to Reflect This Year

December 17, 2019
Family gathered around tree

As the decade ends and 2020 crests the horizon, it’s important to take time to reflect on your experiences over the past year. Reflecting helps you remember, of course, but it also helps you grow as an individual, friend, and family member. We’ve compiled a list of ways to help you thoughtfully consider the past year so you can start the new one fresh and full of insight.


Whether you’re a seasoned scrapbooking pro or you’re new to the hobby, scrapbooking your memories is a creative outlet for reflecting on the past year. Tap into your artistic side and try a brand-new layout or take your scrapbooking to the next level by creating shadow box layouts that you can feature on your wall.

Journaling Prompts

When you begin journaling, the idea of the blank page can be intimidating. Get over the tabula rasa fear by following prompts — especially prompts specifically about reflecting before a new year! Answer questions like “What was the single best thing that happened this past year?” or “What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?” to get those creative juices flowing.

Electronic Journaling Apps

If you’re more likely to have a few moments to type memories on your computer or phone, try a journaling app. From apps where you can easily insert photos to accompany your favorite memories to apps where you can create journal entries out of just a few words, we’re sure you’ll find a way to suit your writing style and level of commitment.

Story Sharing

We love nothing more than sitting with friends old and new to share memories of the past year — or fifty! Grab a coffee with a neighbor and try answering a few questions — might we recommend those prompts from the journaling activity? — to get the memories flowing. Always remember, listening is just as important as sharing!

Reflecting on past experiences helps you start the new year on the right foot. Learn from your successes and challenges to make 2020 your best year yet. If you’re looking for a fresh start in the new year, consider one of our four 55+ communities in Colorado and Utah, including our two brand-new communities: The Retreat in Banning Lewis Ranch and The Reserve in Green Valley Ranch.