10 Journaling Prompts to Get You Writing Again
As I’ve grown older, I’ve evolved into a more clear version of me, a version that feels right in many ways. Not only am I more sure of who I am and my identity now that I hit the 25-year-old mark but I’ve also learned how to better embrace that true me. One of the things that has become integral to this growth process is journaling.
There are a lot of things that happened this past year that have changed me. Ironically, it’s actually a lot of those same things that have encouraged me to revert back to the truest version of myself. Because 2017 has thus far been an exceptional year of self-discovery, embracing identity, and honing self-confidence, it feels right to share and let that theme reflect in my blog.
I used to feel an exorbitant amount of pressure to “write in a diary” because something about that diction implied I had to record everything that happened to me chronologically. If I skipped something, however minute, I would come down really hard on myself. I’ve since changed my journaling style to one more focused on getting to know myself. Now that my journaling style has shifted, I’m no longer sitting in a self-depreciating cycle.
When I journal, my goal is to focus on excavating the inner-workings of me, to tell the truth, even the truth that floats unknowingly in my subconscious. I keep things positive. I keep things deep and real. There are no rules when journaling. I’ve removed the pressure of “chronological reporting,” which I used to associate with journaling, and I now stick to a style better described as free-writing.
Getting back into journaling is also great for exercising that writing muscle. Now matter what your 9-5 is, writing is a valuable hobby that often helps people work through things. I’m a full-time freelancer, so while I’m constantly writing, it’s mostly on a deadline for a brand that doesn’t necessarily reflect me. It’s an impersonal process and it led me to the desire to start writing for me again.
Here are 10 journaling prompts to get you started if you’re looking to get to know yourself better and upkeep the habit of journaling. Pin the graphic or save it to keep it handy!