I always have my journal with me.
It’s my keeper of thoughts, secrets, dreams, memories, and all of those random ideas that pop into my head throughout the day.
For years I wrote in regular spiral notebooks until I bought my first tiffany blue hard cover journal with an attached gray fabric page marker that made me realize how much I truly love and gain from getting out the thoughts that swirl through my mind.
Writing helps me process where I’ve been, analyze where I am now, and strategize how I’m going to get to where I want to be.
There are no right or wrong ways to journal.
Simply pick up your pen and begin writing whatever is on your mind.
I’ve listed 111 prompts that have helped me open the doors within to become a new,
& I hope you find some that resonate with you!
111 Journal Prompts:
- If money and time didn’t matter, how would you live your life?
- List 20 things you’ve accomplished.
- “Happiness is…”
- List of gratitude.
- How can you take better care of yourself?
- Write at the top of the page “IT IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE TO” and list 50 things. if that scares you, great. list 100. (this is an amazing thought awakening prompt by Dr. Jermery Goldburg from his “Shake My Shit up Challenge”)
- Write a letter to someone who has wronged you. You don’t have to give it to them, but if you’re holding on, you should get it out.
- How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
- Write your obituary.
- What do you need more of in life?
- List 22 words that describe you.
- List 11 things that you love about yourself.
- Describe your ideal day. What does your magic morning look like? How is your time spent? Write as many details as possible to see your ideal day.
- What’s changed in the last 10 years?
- How has your way of thinking changed in the last 5 years?
- Imagine 10 years in the future, what’s your life like? describe in detail.
- Write a litter to your 16 year old self.
- If you KNEW you could not fail, what would you do?
- What’s something your parents do that you do differently?
- What makes you, YOU? There is no one else like you on earth. You are gift that was created with magic. Write about that.
- What message would you share with the world?
- What words do you need to hear right now?
- What legacy do you want to leave behind?
- Write out your dream job.
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What would you do with a million dollars?
- What would you do with 100 acres of land?
- How do you feel knowing you are going to die?
- What’s something you’ve always wondered?
- Define success.
- How can you organize your life more?
- List people you enjoy being around and why.
- List people and situations that made you feel uneasy and “not where you should be” in the last year. How did these situations make you feel and what have you done to prevent them from happening in the future?
- Describe a moment today that you want to remember always.
- What do you need to let go of?
- What do you want to learn more about?
- What are 3 small things you can do to every day to help you get to where you want to be?
- What’s draining your energy? What can you do to replace it with something that recharges you?
- How do you recharge?
- Write down your favorite quote and what it means for you.
- List 3 things you’re into that’s considered “different” and why you enjoy them.
- What do you feel strongly about?
- What are you proud of?
- List 33 things that make you happy.
- What do you see when you look in the mirror?
- How do you feel when you are still?
- List your “end of life” goals. What can you do now to take a step towards that?
- What was a turning point in life? What changed?
- What are your strengths?
- What is fear?
- What are you afraid of?
- How are you right now?
- When was the last time you had a really good hug?
- What’s important in life?
- Write in detail one of your favorite childhood memories.
- Who do you admire and why?
- What do you admire about yourself?
- What are topics you could talk forever about?
- What’s your current morning routine? Is there anything you want to do differently?
- Write a letter to your elderly self.
- What do you know to be true today that you didn’t know a year ago?
- List ways you can simplify your life and how doing so would feel.
- What did your parents teach you? the good and the bad.
- How can you show more kindness to the world?
- What do you love about life?
- What triggers you?
- What’s your biggest day to day challenges?
- What’s your purpose in life?
- Do you think we way we dress affects the way we feel?
- What are your “higher” beliefs?
- How can you show more love to others?
- How can you show more love to yourself?
- What is the universe trying to tell you?
- What’s your best advice?
- What qualities to you admire?
- List 3 things that are possible to accomplish in the next year.
- Write your why.
- What do you love about your life right now?
- What’s something you’ve wanted to do but hold back from doing?
- What does spirituality mean to you?
- What are ways we can make the world a better place?
- What are some of your biggest unanswered questions in life?
- Write your money story growing up. Think of your earliest money momory and how you were raised to think about it.
- Describe the way you now feel about money.
- What makes you feel empowered?
- Are you comfortable with your sensuality? (86)
- How did your darkest moments shape you?
- What are your values?
- If you had the opportunity to sit down with the president for 1 hour, what would you say?
- Write your fantasy.
- What made you better today than yesterday?
- What has a fictional character said that has stuck with you?
- What are some good reasons to live?
- What’s a problem that would be solved if you were given $5,000?
- If a stranger became you for 24 hours, what’s the first thing they would say when the 24 hours is up?
- If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
- Why are people attracted to you? Don’t be humble.
- What’s something you really don’t like but wished you did?
- What brings out the worst in you?
- Who is one of your closest friends and what makes them special to you?
- What was the last negative thought you said to yourself? How can you shift that to show yourself kindness?
- Who have you caused pain to that you haven’t forgiven yourself for yet? How can you shift that story to see what you learned and how you can grow?
- When was the last time you really had time to yourself and what did you do? (103)
- Think about one of the most painful memories you have, how did you survive it?
- If life was guaranteed to work completely in your favor, how your life look? How does it feel?
- If you have children, write them a letter to read when they get older.
- What are 3 things you do well?
- What have you learned recently?
- What are you doing in your life right now that your future self will thank you for?
- What do you love doing so much that you loose track of time?
- What are you doing to live happy and be healthy?
6 Journaling Tips:
- Time yourself. If you’re new to journaling or having a “block”, set a timer for 10 minutes and write what comes to mind (even if it’s “I set a timer and I don’t know what to write so I’m just writing to fill time….”).
- Start with the date. This allows you to come back to your writing and reflect on where you once were. It’s a great way to get insight into your mindset and to also see the gaps between your entries.
- Speak your truth. Forget perfections and expectations. This is YOUR journal. The pages are to be filled with your truth, your stories, how you’re feeling, what’s going on, and your dreams. Don’t hide or suppress your raw emotions, allow them to flow onto your paper.
- Write it all. The good, the bad, happy & sad moments.
- Keep it with you. Take your journal with you where ever you go. If you have any random thoughts, ideas, “to-do’s”, or just something you need to remember, just pull out your journal and jot it down! This will also help you develop the habit of writing in your journal.
- Daily gratitude. If you write nothing else, write a list of gratitude everyday. Start with 3 things you are grateful for and if you’re feeling extra lucky, name 10…how about 20? Find as many things in your life to be grateful for. This is a way to train the mind to focus more on the good in our lives….because sometimes we forget that we are lucky to even smile. 🙂
I hope you’re able to take a few prompts from this list to write in your own journal. Remember, you don’t need any fancy tools and writing doesn’t have any rules.
Happy writing and discovering, my friends!
Your Happy Helper,
p.s. if any of these resonate with you or if you have a prompt you think I should try, don’t be shy, connect with me.
As an added Bonus, I asked others their favorite journaling prompts!:
“If you could have a dinner party with any 5 people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?”
“Imagine you were the first human on earth and you must come up with your very own Creation Story/myth”
“If you could solve world hunger or world homelessness, which one would you choose and why? You can’t say both. How would you start this process?”
“Recall a time when you cried out of happiness or joy. Close your eyes and put yourself in that moment. How did it feel? What emotions did you experience?”
“What is something that you did as a child, that you’d like to bring into your adult life?”