Journaling has been my on-and-off hobby since I was 8 years old (I won’t say how many years ago that was). The past couple of months, I was given the opportunity to actually share what I know about it and help people get started on their journaling journey (tongue-twister that is).
I was supposed to do a 30-day journaling prompt starting January 1, but by the 15th, life caught up with me and I found myself stuck. But since today is February 1 and the trial period for 2019 is over, I am officially re-starting my New Year.
And so here I am, not re-starting the prompts, but giving you a full 30 days of prompts that you can use in case you want to go on a journaling journey yourself.
Remember, you can write, sketch, collage, or even video your answers, as long as you are able to do it. As one of my idols likes to say, “done is better than perfect”.
Will be doing a daily #selfcare challenge for February, so crossing my fingers I stick to that one this time around. If you want to follow my progress, follow me on Instagram @emotionalnomad
DAY 1 What are you most thankful for the past month? List at least three (but better if more!)
DAY 2 What are you looking forward to this month? List down your events and plans so you can look them over the next few days. Get excited!
DAY 3 What are things about yourself that you want to improve? List down three and if you can, list the practical and concrete steps that you need to take
DAY 4 What is something new that you want to learn this month? It can be something as simple as learning to cook a new dish or as formal as signing up for a business marketing course on Coursera. The important thing is to never stop learning and having the desire to learn new things
DAY 5 What book (or books) are you planning to read this month? What do you hope to get out of these books?
DAY 6 If your 2019 will be a movie, what genre would you want it to be? Any specific movie that you would want your year to turn out to be?
DAY 7 What do you do to relax and de-stress? Write out (or draw) your destressing routine so you have something to look back on when you feel the pressure.
DAY 8 Who is that one friend or family member that you want to intentionally spend more time with this new year? Write down your reasons why then schedule a regular "date" with this person for the next few months.
DAY 9 If you like to travel, what is it about traveling that you love? If you don’t travel, what is stopping you from going on trips?
DAY 10 What are new places that you want to visit this year? It can be a nearby town, a new restaurant, a new country, etc.
DAY 11 What's your morning magic weapon that helps you conquer the day? If you don't have one yet, think about the past few months and try to recall what it is that you do that brings you energy and joy and helps you focus for the rest of the day.
DAY 12 What are your health goals for the next few months? Health doesn't mean just losing weight. It can be exercising, getting something checked, eating better, etc.
DAY 13 What Sunday night "ritual" do you do to prepare yourself to get back to the grind tomorrow? If you don't have one yet, think about things that either motivate you or relaxes you and try to create your own little Sunday night habit.
DAY 14 What are the things that you want to do or learn in order for you to love other people better?
DAY 15 What are the things that you need to do in order to love yourself better? What does self-care mean to you?
DAY 16 Write a “love letter” to a loved one that you haven’t said I love you to in a long time.
DAY 17 Choose one day this month where you will do absolutely nothing. Afterwards, describe the experience in your journal
DAY 18 When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? Compare what you wanted then and where you are now? What has changed?
DAY 19 If you could have any job but you won’t get paid for it, what would it be?
DAY 20 When you retire one day and look back at your working life, what are the things that you want to have accomplished?
DAY 21 Write a letter to your ten-year-old self. What are the things that you know today that you wish your younger self knew back then?
DAY 22 If you were given the chance to mentor someone, what are five things that you would want them to learn from you?
DAY 23 What work of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has made you really happy lately?
DAY 24 If you could have any talent or skill, what would you want to be really good at?
DAY 25 What has been the greatest disappointment that you’ve had the past few months? Is there anything you can do to overcome it or make up for it?
DAY 26 What are three small or big lessons that you’ve learned so far this year?
DAY 27 What are three things that you want to improve about your habits so far this year?
DAY 28 What are 5 things about yourself that you love the most?
DAY 29 What are 10 things that you love about your life right now?
DAY 30 List down 10 random thoughts that you’ve had today.