A Year in Review Reflection Template

Katie Wilde
2 min readDec 10, 2018


It’s my favourite time of year. Coziness, the smell of pine and cooking, and of course, deep conversations and thoughts about life. I’ve never been a terribly accomplished goal setter, despite my joy in achieving goals. Since realizing that I prefer to have values or themes, and to remain opportunistic in searching for ways to follow through on those principles, I’ve come to really enjoy a Year in Review come December.

Perhaps you can describe it as knowing what I want clearly in very general terms, and being quite free on the details. It’s not ‘SMART’, but it works for me. These are the questions I use to reflect, in case anyone else also resonates with a “reflection template” rather than a goal setting template.

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1.) Who did I meet this year who is now in my life?

2.) What emotion really caused me to grow? (e.g. Courage? Faith? )

3.) What emotion was I unafraid to feel? (e.g. Fear? Sadness? )

4.) What am I most proud of?

5.) In what area(s) of my life did I really make some progress?

6.) What did I do that completely surprised me and was unexpected to me?

7.) Who did I help?

8.) What is the biggest lesson I really faced and what did I get from it?

9.) What am I most grateful for?

10.) What were the most fun times I had?

11.) What advice would I give myself for the coming year?

12.) What else?!?

These are from Dani Rukin, an amazing coach I worked with earlier this year

Comparing my initial hot takes as I look over these questions to what I expected this time last year, it’s amazing to notice how many cases the themes or values were very fully lived out, and definitely not in the way I expected! I guess that’s how it goes with life, and with trying to live whole-heartedly.

Do you have a year in review template or guide you use, or any big questions you like to ask yourself to check in on your personal values? I’d love to know.



Katie Wilde

VP of Engineering at Ambassador Labs. I love it when you flourish.