15 Journaling Prompts


Journaling is one of the best ways to get in touch with yourself. I journal daily, and it helps me process the events of the day. Sometimes I journal by writing down whatever comes to mind with no filter. Other times I prefer to have prompts to guide my writing process. Here are fifteen journaling prompts to use when you journal. Some are serious, but most of them are fun.

  1. What are your obstacles right now? The things that are preventing you from attaining what you want out of life, what are they? What will it take to overcome those obstacles? Name at least five and be specific with your answers.
  2. Pick one object that inspires you for today. Pick a tangible, meaningful object that gives you hope and write about it. Focus on it for the day.
  3. Suppose that there is a bubble around you that goes everywhere you go. Describe this bubble. Think of what its boundary is composed of, who is in the bubble with you, and the messages you constantly tell yourself or hear other people saying. Is this bubble a positive or negative thing for you? Is it one that you need to get out of or is it healthy?
  4. Write a letter to someone who has offended or hurt you. Don’t send it to them, but write everything down that you would want to communicate to them.
  5. You and some passengers on your cruise get left behind on a secluded island. Write about what you will do during your time in the island, how you will survive, and how you will get off the island. Nothing is off limits.
  6. Design a business plan for a nonprofit organization. What kind do you want to create? How would you secure funding?
  7. When you have bad days, what do you wish people would say to you to encourage you?
  8. What songs would be on your playlist while climbing Mt. Everest?
  9. Write a screenplay about a subject you’ve never heard of or had experience with before. Who would play the leading and supporting roles?
  10. Suppose this wasn’t the last season of Downton Abbey and you’ve been cast in the show. Which role would you play and why? Would you be an existing character or a new character?
  11. Suppose you have an enormous library in your home. How do you categorize your bookshelves? How do you style it?
  12. What needs to happen in your life to make it closer to what you dream about?
  13. Which type of food best describes your personality? What dishes does it contain?
  14. Write a travel guide for your favorite destination.
  15. Suppose you were chosen to speak to a group of college students. What would your topic and outline be for your talk?

21 thoughts on “15 Journaling Prompts

  1. alexandria says:

    These are all great ideas. I can only imagine being a writer and getting stuck… even though I blog, I definitely don’t think of myself as a writer. I do write tons of fashion inspired ideas down all the time!


  2. Heather says:

    I love journaling – it is a big reason I got into blogging to begin with. I try to have quiet time every morning where I can just spend time writing in my journal. Some days are harder than others, these prompts will come in handy!


  3. laura londergan says:

    you have some really good points here. the thing i really like to is some kind of force you to dig deep – like the what would you talk about (the last one) to a group of students – that will force you to take a look at what you think you do well at and share


  4. aladyinfrance says:

    First of all, I love your blog title. That God will renew my strength like an eagle is a constant prayer of mine.

    I’ll pin these beautiful journaling prompters. I used to do it all the time, but now it’s more prayer lists and the scriptures I read – less about expressing my heart.


  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I love this list of ideas I haven’t journaled since I kept a diary back in high school. I would love to start back up again!


  6. Megan McCoig says:

    This is a really nice post. I wish I journled everyday, it’s a great way to talk to yourself and answer your thoughts in great detail!!


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