Pretend you're writing your autobiography. Give us your first line, a first chapter, or even just an image. What's the story of you?
Give us the 30,000 foot view. Or, hone in on a few highlights. Let's bring last year to life before moving on to what's ahead.
No screens, no technology – let's think about real world experiences. What did you do with your hands this year?
Share a photo or paint us a picture with words. Show us something from your year through your eyes. Did you see something that took your breath away? Or maybe you just couldn't look away?
Scents have the power to take us all kinds of places. What smell takes you somewhere else? Where'd you go?
Do you hear what I hear? Tell us about a sound. What do you hear in your house or at work?
We're all writing the story of our lives as we go. How can you make your story interesting in 2016? And if you can't see around the bend, it's okay to dream. Let's make 2016 one of the most riveting parts of our tale, shall we?
What new circles have you formed? Any unexpected ones? Did you start a book club or hang out in a tea yurt? Maybe you re-upped with existing friends. Explore your kumbaya moment from 2015.
How far back can you trace your family? What was their life like? What else do you know? Tell a story, share an old family photo or draw your family tree. If you know nothing, ask a relative for some history to share.
Friends are our chosen family. They have the wonderful capacity to make us laugh till we cry, to hold us up in dark hours and to keep our secrets under lock and key. Tell a friendship story.
Life is so much easier when you have someone to help you navigate. What makes a mentor great? Have you ever had a mentor? Been someone else's?
You know the story about all work and no play... How did you play with others this year? Let your hair down and share how you escaped for an hour, a day, or more.
What creates a sense of home for you? Explore the space, artifacts or people who shape your habitat. When do feel the most 'at home'?
Write an ode about the unending loyalty or the curious antics of a furry friend. Did you learn something about yourself or the world from your pet this year? Maybe you learned a lesson from an animal in the wild, or a nature program?
Switch places with someone for a day. Who would you swap with? Someone famous? Someone anonymous? Tell us who – and why!
Maybe you fell for the girl next door or considered building a fence to keep out the nosy neighbor. Tell us a story, draw us a map, or give us a hidden gem about your neighborhood, past or present.
Work culture is all the rage. What values do you bring to work? Is there any one cultural trait you want to import into your workplace? Create a punch list of small things you can do to nudge culture forward. Or, explore companies who seem to be doing it right.
Think of things that have piqued your curiosity. What leaves you with more questions than answers? Who or what do you wish you knew more about?
Let's explore the power of words. Did a writer delight you, make you think, or impact you in some other way? Write a review, or share a favorite line from something you've read.
What (or who) did you shell out or stand-in-line for this year? Was it worth it? What made you wait in line, log-on early, or form a lifetime attachment?
Share a story about a stranger this year. Was it something you overheard? Someone you accidentally met & bonded with? A funny...or strange!...coincidence?
Where did you travel this year? Did it move or change you?
Nervous at Airports? Created your first protest sign? Taken on a different perspective? How has what you've seen on the news changed you this year?
It's a small world after all! What custom from another culture do you wish you could transplant into your own? Maybe you want siestas (Hola, Spain!) or Hygge from Denmark. Or maybe you want to create a new custom altogether?
Explore a good deed – yours, or one from someone else. How is the world better for it?
Did you witness someone influence others? Perhaps you experienced it directly. Share a tale of persuasion.
What achievement – from a person, a company, a nation – captures your attention? Who did something admirable this year?
Imagine how your life today would be different if an event in history would've gone another way. What if the British defeated the American colonies during the Revolutionary War? What if Prohibition never ended? What if the 9/11 terrorist attacks never took place? What if...
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Why do you write? What have you learned by facing the page? Did anything surprise you about your reflections this past month?
What do you want to be known for? Maybe you want to change the world. Maybe you just want to make the best cupcakes known to man. Go all in and give us the deep life-long goal, or share a smaller mission.
We started with a first line, so let's wrap up our month with the last. Give us the final sentence, paragraph, or chapter of your life story.