10 Journaling Prompts- (Freebie Below)

Journaling has a truly special place in my heart- and if you’re here I am guessing that it’s either the same for you or your wanting to learn more.

Journaling is a way to be creative, express the soul, ground yourself, flesh out your life problems, detail significant life moments and how you felt, etc etc.

Studies show again and again how powerful the grounding act of taking pen to paper and doing a check in can be more our mental health.

All this being said- here are the journaling prompts I am currently using. I plan to create more blogs in the future with other significant ones I find!

Also, stay tuned until the end for a little love gift!

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    1. Do a personal inventory.

    What are your favorite TV shows, movies, podcasts, songs, books, hobbies? 

    These things might change throughout life or they might stay the same. Either way, it’s so fun to chronicle these throughout your life!

    2. The words I want to live by.

    Check in with yourself. What are the words you want to live by? What are the words you are ACTUALLY living your life by right now. Are they the same? Do they overlap in some areas? How can you improve this so you feel more of an inner harmony.

    Remember, we feel inner peace when our schedules align with our values.

    3.What always brings tears to your eyes?

    As Paulo Coelho has said, “Tears are words that need to be written.

    Tap into your emotions and feel both the beautiful and the painful in your life. Write it down.

    4. Write about your first love.

    Whether it’s a person, a place, or a thing, recall your first love. Write why you loved it. Do you still love it? 

    5. What would you like to say "yes" to more often?

    Dream big here! Be creative, be messy. Don’t box yourself in.

    6. What would you like to say "no" to more?

    As Susan Gregg once put it, “No is a complete sentence, and so often we forget that.”

    7. Write about a moment experienced through your body.

    “Write about a moment experienced through your body. Making love, making breakfast, going to a party, having a fight, an experience you’ve had or you imagine for your character. Leave out thought and emotion, and let all information be conveyed through the body and senses.” (A prompt from Barbara Abercrombie’s creative book Kicking In The Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts and Quotes To Help You Break Through Your Blocks And Reach Your Writing Goals.)

    8. What's surprised you most about your own life or even life in general?

    Sometimes we find ourselves surprised at the turns our lives have taken, for better or for worse. Write out one or more of these surprises. 

    9. Write a moment from your life.

    Okay, this might sound basic. But, write a moment from your life that you want to remember from any period of time before you were documenting your life in journals. 

    Maybe you want to write about the first time you say your significant other, or a childhood crush, or a sweet moment with a parent, etc

    Detail these moments, how it felt, why you think this moment sticks out to you, etc.

    10. Write 10 things that you love about your life.

    No matter how difficult or sad or painful your life may be, there is always a flower in the desert. 

    You might have an endless list of good things. And if that is you, I am happy for you. Feel thankful that things are in a season of sweet right now.

    If your life is marred by sadness or sickness or trauma, or whatever it may be, please know there is good. Acknowledge the good in your life and give thanks for it. 

    Don’t underestimate the power or gratitude, no matter who you are. According to Berkeley University Here are just some of the benefits:

    Physical
    • Stronger immune systems
    • Less bothered by aches and pains
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Exercise more and take better care of their health
    • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

    Psychological
    • Higher levels of positive emotions
    • More alert, alive, and awake
    • More joy and pleasure
    • More optimism and happiness

    Social
    • More helpful, generous, and compassionate
    • More forgiving
    • More outgoing
    • Feel less lonely and isolated

    Needless to say, this is an important practice and prompt you should be regularly using.

    And because I love you guys, here is a really beautiful printable version of all of these prompts!

    You could tape this to your wall above your desk, keep it folded in your journal, or give to a friend. Whatever way you use it, I hope you enjoy!

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