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Monday, January 26, 2015

A Year of Journaling: 52 Journaling Prompts.

Last week I wrote a post about why you should keep a journal. I thought it would be cool to follow that up with some prompts to help you get started if you're new to journaling, or if you're just in a journaling rut. 

journaling prompts

1. Write an "About Me" about yourself.

2. A list of things you're thankful for.

3.  Small things that make you happy.

4. The last time you celebrated something.

5. The best thing that happened to you this week.

6. Something you want to change about yourself.

7. Something you could do right now to get you closer to where you want to be in life.

8. Someone you love.

9. A skill you want to learn.

10. Your favorite quote right now.

11. Something that you think holds you back.

12. A word that actually describes your life, and a word you wish described your life.

13. Someone you admire and why you admire them.

14. Something you're stressed about.

15. Something that's been making you laugh lately.

16. The happiest moment in your week so far.

17. Write a letter to teenage you.

18. What you like the most about yourself.

19. The one dream you have that you just can't stop thinking about.

20. The biggest way you've changed in the past year.

21. The last bad day you had.

22. The place you currently call home.

23. Your best quality.

24. The last time you tried something new.

25. Three rules you try to live by.

26. Your family.

27. Your bucket list.

28. 5 big goals you have for your life.

29. The last person you said, "I love you" to.

30. A list of things you love about this season of your life.

31. Pros and cons of your job.

32. How you've been spending your free time lately.

33. A list of your favorite books and why you love them.

34. Your best friend.

35. Something you're scared of.

36. Your dream job.

37. Something you're really good at.

38. Your bad habits.

39. A tradition you want to have with your own family.

40. Sum up what you believe in on one page.

41. Your favorite things about the town you live in.

42. Describe your day in 5 words.

43. The last time you broke the rules.

44. Where you hope to be in five years.

45. What you think you would be doing with your life if money didn't matter.

46. Write a letter to your future self.

47. Something you're really proud of.

48. Your favorite way to relax.

49. One way you'd like to grow in the next year.

50. Your favorite way to spend a Friday.

51. A project you're working on.

52. How you think you're making the world a better place.

Now, get yourself a pretty journal* and get started!

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  1. What a fun post! Saving this to come back to!!!

  2. I really like all this prompts! I will print the list a give them a go, not necessarily one per week, not necessarily during just one year. some of them I have already done, sometimes even for my blog! I've done posts on happy things or tongs that make happy in a certain season and I think that's a really good one to do from time to time to see how our interests change and how some things still remain the same, usually the st simple things in life:)

    Great post and happy journaling :)

  3. These are some amazing prompts! I'll have to save this one. I think the hardest part about journalling is just getting started and finding something to write about. I love how these prompts actually make you think. You can really learn a lot about yourself in the process!

  4. Love these prompts! I especially love listing the small happy things in life. :)

  5. Very impressive list! I think I can come up with 2 things about anything at any one time now! HA! 52!? It is totally powerful to be introspective and to actually write. I love hearing how the most successful people in the world do things like this. I keep wanting to do one of those "one-liner" journals for each day. I think I shall challenge myself! Thank you!

  6. I was just thinking in my head that I do not journal, yet I write daily on my blog, so I guess I DO journal! Ha, my mind is losing it;)

  7. This is such a great list of prompts! Some of these would even be good for blog posts ;) ;)

  8. Wow! I'll definitely reference this list for blogging. Thanks for sharing all these awesome topics!

  9. What great ideas for journaling!!!

  10. I just got a journal yesterday and will definitely have to try some of these out!


  11. This is EXACTLY what I needed! I haven't journaled in almost two months and it breaks my heart. Hopefully this is the kickstart I need! :] xo

  12. Love this! I saved it... thank you!

  13. Aww I love this idea! :) I need to journal more often. I always tell myself I'm going to do it.. but get lazy.

  14. For personal journaling I have enough to write about - but for my blog I tend to lose ideas. There are plenty of post idea posts (does that make sense?) But yours are better! Thanks for sharing!

  15. This is brilliant - thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to be using these to help my readers get to know me a little better on the blog. You're a genius, thank you!!!
    ~ Samantha

  16. Bookmarked it for future reference! :) I've kept a journal for a long time but never wrote anything besides rambles, so thank you so much for the ideas! :D

  17. LOVE this. I have journaled forever, but it's much harder to think of what to write about when you're a boring adult and no longer obsessing over the cute boy in geometry...

  18. I love this! I often find that with journaling it often becomes repetitive so it's nice to throw in a bit of variety on what to write about. Thanks for the ideas!

  19. LOVE this prompt! and you can buy journals that have it in there built in, too. I have a particular fondness for moleskines :) i have a whole collection, eeee!

  20. This is great, these are great prompts for posts as well. I was just skimming it, but I really liked the "Last time you celebrated something" but I'd add "for yourself"! Thanks for the ideas. xoxo, ganeeban

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  22. I love love love this post! Now I want to journal!! Thanks so much :)

  23. Love these! I'm always looking for more prompts :)

  24. i been looking for stuff like prompts, self help/ self discovery, finding yourself,etc.
    love these.. but i hope i gave you more ideas for other prompts.. the normal ones i see are boring..

  25. Nice and useful post! Thank you for sharing. I´ve started with the 3rd prompt


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