Here are some fun journaling prompts and ideas to keep you motivated and to help you grow more as a person.
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Why is Journaling Important?
Most of my life I was told that keeping a journal is important. I remember when I was younger and couldn’t write in a journal yet, my mom would have me tell her what I wanted to say. She’d ask us questions to guide us and then would write down my words for me. It’s fun to go back and look through these journals now as adults.
I have LOTS of journals and have always enjoyed writing even though I’m probably not that great at it. Journaling has always been a source of therapy for me. Kind of like the cliche “Dear Diary” that you see teenage girls do in movies where they talk to their journal like they are gossiping all about their life. I tend to write down the things I don’t want to actually talk to any one about.
Keeping track of things is another reason I like to journal. Memories are the best! Throughout the years I have written down all of the funny things my kids have said and done and often read these to them. They love it and I love that I have it documented some where.
Another thing I used to love to do with journals was to pass them back and forth with friends and write each other letters in them. Kids these days don’t write letters any more but they should! I LOVE looking back at all of my letters from when I was in high school. Keeping a journal with a friend is a great way to keep all of your memories together in one place.
What do you do when you have no desire to journal?
Some people just do not enjoy keeping a journal and I understand that. Let me start out by saying It helps to have great supplies. Find a journal that speaks to you. Some people like to keep it simple with a basic but sturdy journal. Others find a beautiful or motivational cover helps draw their attention to writing.
If you’re a beginner and like the idea of starting a journal with prompts then a guided journal might be a good start for you. And don’t forget the importance of a good pen. These sharpie gel pens are the smoothest, don’t smudge, and come in a variety of colors.
Some people want to start a journal but don’t know what to write. This is where journal prompts come in handy.
I like to search journal prompts when I am stuck on what to write about. However, it seems like I always see the same questions and that does not help motivate me at all.
So, if you’re a bit like me and sometimes don’t know what to write in your journal, I’ve got your back. Here is a list of several journal prompts to get you through those days when you’re stuck or want to be more meaningful in your writing but don’t know how to do it.
Unique Journal Prompts for Personal Growth
This first list is all about personal growth. It’s January and I know a lot of people make goals to be a better person. Here are 25 journal prompts to help you grow.
- What is the last compliment you received and how did it make you feel?
- What compliment do you WISH you would get? Now give it to yourself. How does it make you feel?
- What is holding you back from living your best life?
- Make a list of 10 things that make you smile.
- What mistakes are you ready to forgive yourself for?
- What 4 emotions are you feeling right now in this moment?
- What do you think you need most right now and how can you achieve it?
- What makes you feel loved?
- What has been going well in your life right now?
- What is something you know today that you didn’t know a year ago? 5 years ago?
- What do you need less of in your life?
- When do you feel most like yourself?
- Name a few things that are stressing you out right now and why?
- Are there people in your life who are holding you back? How so?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
- What is something you have a fear of?
- Name a movie that always make you feel something strongly. (love, happiness, sadness, triumph)
- What is something you feel like no one understands about you?
- Who is someone you admire and why do you admire them?
- Pick a cheesy quote from the internet. What does it mean and why might it not be as cheesy as it seems at first glance?
- When do you feel the most confident in yourself?
- When people come to you for help, what do they usually come to you for?
- Name your top 5 quotes. Why do you like them?
- How are you holding yourself back?
- What are 3 ways that you can better take care of yourself?
Journal Prompts for When You Have Nothing to Write About
This list is for when you don’t know what to write or maybe want something more interesting to write about than your day to day actions.
- Who is the funniest person you know and why? What makes them so funny?
- Write about something your parents always used to say.
- Write about your favorite family tradition growing up?
- Write about your most memorable family vacation?
- Who was one of your best friends growing up and why were they the best?
- Describe a dream you had in the past that you still remember and why it was memorable?
- What is your favorite TV show and why do you love it?
- Name a TV character that you wish existed in real life and could be friends with.
- What was the last argument you remember having with someone. What caused the argument? What could you have done or said differently? Was it ever resolved?
- If you are married, write your spouse a letter telling them about all of the things you love and appreciate about them. If you do not have a significant other, write a letter to your future spouse telling them all of the things you look forward to doing with them.
- Do you have a favorite joke? What is it? Why do you love this joke?
- What is your current favorite song and why?
- What is your favorite song of all time and why?
- If you could go back in time and re-do one moment, what would it be?
- What was your first concert?
- Name one food you could never give up.
- Have you ever won a contest?
- Describe a high school crush and why you liked them.
- Do you miss someone right now?
- Is there a friend you lost touch with that you wish you could reconnect with?
- If you watch the TV show Friends, which character do you connect with most and why?
- Talk about a guilty pleasure.
- Describe a time you made a sacrifice for someone else.
- What is the hardest thing you have ever had to learn?
- If you could control your dreams, what would you be dreaming about tonight and why?
Free Journal Ideas Printables
If you like these journal prompts then you might want to pin them or print them out for later. You can print one or both of the prompt lists and keep them with your journal. The next time you don’t know what to write, you’ll have them on hand to make things easier for you.
50 Journal Prompts
So what did you think? I feel as though there are several questions on the list that would make a very interesting journal entries to go back and read later.
Journaling really is a lost art. I hope we can all get back into it and that these 50 journal prompts will help you write when you’re drawing a blank.
If you don’t want to write with a pen and paper, there are tons of journal apps as well that you can download to your phone for quick entries. You can even add pictures to them. Try Day One or Five Minute Journal.