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  • Writer's pictureTerri K. Lankford, LPCS

Holistic Reflection Prompts to End 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, you may be reflecting on major events that occurred this past year. In the arts and pop culture world, Beyoncé’s and Taylor Swift’s tours were monumental. In the film industry, Barbie and Oppenheimer releasing on the same day brought in $4 billion to the summer box office. Technological advancements including Chat GPT hit the scene in 2023 and launching of SpaceX.  

While the macrosystem wins of 2023 may be on your mind, what about your own wins? What successes have you encountered in 2023? How have they shaped your worldview and your wellness?

In terms of wellness, you may remember our series on the Wellness Wheel if you’ve been following our blog for awhile. The Wellness Wheel breaks down wellness into eight categories - spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, environmental, social, occupational, and financial. We can use the Wellness Wheel to help reflect on your wellness journey in 2023!

To help you reflect on your experience in 2023, check out 24 reflection prompts based on the Wellness Wheel from the holistic counselors at Rise and Thrive Counseling below!


  1. Connection: How did you nurture your spiritual well-being this year? Reflect on the practices that brought you a sense of peace and connection.

  1. Gratitude: What spiritual experiences or moments are you grateful for in 2023? How have they shaped your perspective and growth?

  1. Purpose: Have you aligned your actions with your spiritual values? Reflect on whether your choices and decisions resonate with your sense of purpose.


  1. Self-awareness: Reflect on the range of emotions you experienced in 2023. What patterns or triggers did you notice, and how did you manage and express your emotions?

  1. Self-Care: How did you prioritize self-care in your routine? Reflect on the practices that brought you emotional balance and rejuvenation.

  1. Joyful Moments: Identify moments of joy and happiness. What activities or relationships contributed most to your emotional well-being?


  1. Rest and Recovery: How well did you prioritize rest and recovery? Reflect on the quality of your sleep and relaxation practices.

  1. Nutrition: Evaluate your dietary choices. What foods made you feel energized, and which ones may have impacted your well-being negatively?

  1. Body Awareness: Reflect on your relationship with your body. How has your perception of your physical self evolved, and what positive affirmations can you carry forward?


  1. Learning Achievements: What new skills or knowledge did you acquire in 2023? Reflect on the impact of continuous learning on your personal and professional development.

  1. Curiosity: How did you nurture your intellectual curiosity? Reflect on the books, articles, or subjects that piqued your interest and expanded your perspective.

  1. Feedback: Consider instances where you received feedback. How did you embrace constructive criticism, and what did you learn from it?


  1. Nature Connection: Consider your time spent in nature. How did being outdoors impact your well-being, and how can you integrate more nature time into your routine?

  1. Community Involvement: How did you engage with environmental causes or community initiatives? Reflect on the positive impact you had on your local or global environment.

  1. Environmental Goals: What environmental goals do you want to set for the coming year? How can you further align your lifestyle with eco-friendly principles?


  1. Relationships: Reflect on the quality of your relationships. How did you nurture and strengthen your connections with family, friends, and colleagues?

  1. Gratitude for Others: Who played a significant role in your life this year? Reflect on the people you are grateful for and how you can express that gratitude.

  1. Communication: Consider your communication style. How did you express yourself in your relationships, and how can you improve your communication skills?


  1. Career Satisfaction: Reflect on your overall satisfaction with your career. What aspects brought you fulfillment, and where do you see opportunities for growth?

  1. Work-Life Balance: Reflect on your work-life balance. How well did you manage your time, and what adjustments can you make for a healthier balance?

  1. Skill Development: Consider the new skills or knowledge you acquired in your profession. How did these contribute to your professional growth?


  1. Financial Goals: Reflect on the financial goals you set for the year. What progress did you make, and how did your financial decisions align with your long-term objectives?

  1. Budgeting: Evaluate your budgeting habits. How well did you manage your income and expenses, and what adjustments can you make for more effective budgeting?

  1. Financial Education: How did you educate yourself about personal finance? Reflect on the resources or advice that influenced your financial literacy, and how you can continue to learn and grow in this area.

We hope this blog post helps you holistically reflect on your experience in 2023! If you want more holistic help, look no further than Rise and Thrive Counseling. Our holistic counselors can help address all areas of life. Reach out today to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!




Welcome to Embrace | Overcome | Create Your Life.


I’m Terri Kiser Lankford, owner of the Rise & Thrive Counseling Practice, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (in NC), and the host here at Rise & Thrive Counseling, PLLC and the Embrace| Overcome|CreateYourLife Blog.


I’m also an entrepreneur, Syltherin, foodie on a fitness journey, complete book nerd, photography novice who happens to think music is life. 


Warning! This site is about motivation, health & wellness, and self love.  but its also about various mental health issues and may talk about subjects such as suicide, self-harm and other touchy subjects at some point. This site is not intended for youth and may be “too much” to some.


Nothing on this site should be considered a medical recommendation. I am not a doctor. Anything of interest should be discussed with your doctor or therapist, or me (in person) if you are my current client.  No guarantee of accuracy is expressed or implied. (Sorry, I have to say that.)


All writing and mental health information here are accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publication. However, keep in mind my opinion, and available information, changes over time.

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