30 Days of Journaling

Hey there! Today’s post is about journaling, something that I love.

Many people say that their lives aren’t interesting, or that they just don’t know what they would write about, and don’t journal because of this. So, I thought I’d make a list of prompts — if you use one each day, there’s enough for 30 days.

Hopefully this will help someone get started with journaling, because journaling is really great. Trust me, if you don’t already keep a journal, you should. It can be for yourself, for your future family, or just to vent and get all your feelings out when you need to.

Basically, my challenge to you is this: Journal in some way for 30 days. Even if it’s only a sentence or two every day, even if you stop after the 30 days are up. It’s awesome, and I hope that someone will get into journaling through this challenge.

[Note: if you don’t have physical journals, you could use just a spiral or composition notebook. I use them all the time. Or, if you prefer, you could type your entries online. I use Penzu (though mostly for a place to collect my stories) — it’s a free online journaling site. You could even try an audio journal — record yourself talking about your life. I haven’t tried it before, but I love the idea!]

Now, on to the prompts (which you can do in any order you want).

1) Describe one of your happiest memories, in as much detail as you can. [Additionally, why do you like this memory so much? What about it makes you happy?]

2) List 10 things that make you happy.

3) List 10 things that you love most about yourself.

4) Write about something nice someone did for you today, or something that you did for someone today. [It can be as small as smiling or holding the door.]

5) What would your dream family and/or job be?

6) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

7) List 10 things that you are grateful for.

8) What are/were your priorities for today? For this week? This month? This year?

9) If you could share one message with the whole world, it would be _____.

10) What advice would you give to your younger self and/or your children? [Bonus points if you have children and actually give them this advice, assuming they’re old enough to understand.]

11) What do you consider to be your greatest strength? [You could also write about your greatest weakness.]

12) What is something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet?

13) Write about how you want people to remember you. After you’re dead, what do you want your legacy to be?

14) In as much detail as you can, describe the view out your window right now. [If there isn’t a window near you, move over by one; if there are multiple windows near you, choose one.]

15) Do you have a favorite quote? What is it, and why do you like it?

16) What is something you’re stressed about right now?

17) Share a vivid dream (or nightmare) that you’ve had. [It doesn’t have to be recent — just anything that comes to mind.]

18) Describe (in detail) the outfit you are wearing right now.

19) What’s something you’re proud of? [It could be something you’ve done, or something someone you know has done, or just anything that you’re proud of.]

20) What is your biggest regret?

21) If you could have a conversation with any one person, living or dead, who would it be, and why?

22) Write something about you that most people don’t know.

23) What is your greatest fear? [Additionally, have you ever had to face it? If so, how did that go? What was it like?]

24) Would you rather go back in time or into the future? Why?

25) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?

26) What would you do if you won the lottery?

27) What are 5 skills that you wish you had?

28) What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

29) If you were stranded on a desert island, which one person (living or dead) would you want to be there with you?

30) Write about someone you’ll never forget.

I hope that this inspires some people to journal, whether you take the 30-day challenge or not!


Writing Dare:

Give your antagonist/villain an unlikely hobby.

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