How to Tell Stories with Legacy Storytelling: Why We Write New Year’s Resolutions

There are many resolutions that people set for themselves at the beginning of the year, but how can we make sure they actually come true in the new year and beyond? This blog post will explore how storytelling through Legacy Storytelling can help us create a New Year’s Resolution story that will keep us motivated throughout the next 12 months. Here are some simple reflection questions to start with, you’ll find more prompts below.

  • How did it go? 
  • Did you accomplish all your goals? 
  • What do you want to work on in the New Year?

Why We Write New Year's Resolutions

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. It's also the perfect time to reflect on how you've been spending your days and what you want to change in the upcoming year. You might have made some resolutions for this year, or maybe it's just something that will come up with enough reflection.

Think about how many times you've seen people posting their goals on social media – whether they're short-term goals or long-term goals. There are so many reasons why people make these types of promises to themselves.

  • What do these resolutions say about us? 
  • Why do we feel compelled at this time of year to pledge ourselves to get better? 
  • Are there some things that we've learned over the course of this year that we want to change? 
  • Are there some things about ourselves, our behaviors, or how we approach life that needs improvement? 

We feel like these resolutions will help us get somewhere else in our lives, and hopefully, they do!

Writing Prompts

Here are some prompts for you! These questions can help you connect with your loved ones and establish stronger bonds and restore human dignity one story at a time.

  • Do you make New Year's resolutions?
  • How do you feel about new year's resolutions? Silly? Stupid? Totally worth it?
  • Are you able to keep them longer than January?
  • What do your resolutions usually revolve around?

These simple questions will help bring your best memories to life. You can check out more prompts to talk about your New Year's Resolutions on our blogs posts How do you feel about New Year's Resolutions?, Prompts for New Year’s, or Revisiting New Year’s Resolutions

That is a little about our weekly writing prompt and some things you can think about. You can use any other prompt you'd like, and think of these prompts as guidelines. If you have the printed pages or printed journals, feel free to write whatever you'd like in them and cross things out. They are yours!

Week 41 of 52 Weeks of Storytelling — New Year’s Resolutions

The Legacy Storytelling method is a simple way to tell stories and a way of passing on family stories to future generations. You're not just giving them something that will be forgotten in time, but one where you’re creating lasting memories and connections with those who hear your tale! 

The 52 Weeks of Storytelling has all the details about how this works, so take a look at it here.

What’s Next

Telling stories is one of the best ways you can connect with people. It's also a way to help your loved ones find their voice and share their story, helping them feel more confident in themselves. If telling someone else’s story isn't for you, maybe try writing about something that happened this year or what might be next on your horizon by using our weekly prompts! Check out 52 Weeks of Storytelling for tips on how to tell stories that inspire connection. Happy Writing!