Journaling has become such an essential part of my well-being. I write first thing in the morning to basically “mind dump” since usually I wake up rolling full-steam ahead. I also find it helpful for truly digesting my morning devotional instead of simply ingesting it.
I write again before bedtime to reflect on the day. Our lives move so quickly, which makes it easy to zoom through day by day without taking time to appreciate special moments. I have found that journaling at night also opens my eyes to be more aware of those special moments I can later write about. The prompt I use at night is: “Don’t cry for me because…”
I learned this from one of my pastors at Red Rocks Church. Hopefully someday my loved ones will scan through my journals and have plenty of reason to celebrate many don’t cry for me moments I experienced.
When I started journaling in 2018, I will admit it was difficult to know what to write about. It would have been much easier if I had prompts in the beginning to get comfortable with writing freely.
So that’s what I have done for you! In this blog post, you will find 17 journal prompts to help get you started. My advice is to set aside at least 10 minutes in the first part of your morning. In my opinion, it’s much more effective with sips of coffee between.
1. What is most wanted in your life?
2. Is there something in your daily routine that you feel like you only do because you need to “keep up”?
3. What in your life do you need to declutter, reduce or eliminate?
4. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What do you feel the burning need to share?
5. Is there anything distracting you or holding you back from being your best self? What is keeping you from making progress?
6. Make a list of things you are grateful your body does for you.
7. What are some false insecurities you have? Where did they come from and how can you practice overcoming them each day?
8. Is there anything you have a tight grip on that you know you need to let go of and surrender?
9. What parts of your true, authentic self are hidden?
10. What are you most afraid of right now?
11. Is there a situation you’re in right now that feels too messy for God?
12. What are things you find yourself doing throughout the day that are a waste of time?
13. When difficult emotions arise, how do you currently cope? How would you like to cope?
14. Make a list of moments in your life when God has showed up for you in a big way.
15. Is there anything you have given up on? Settling for what is easier now instead of what you want most?
16. What is something you know you should be doing but you aren’t doing it? What information are you ingesting but not digesting?
17. What are some things in nature that fascinate you the most? The ocean, hummingbirds, flowers?
For more tips about journaling, check out this blog post: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO START JOURNALING