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My journal is a place of self reflection and self discovery. It’s a place to express who I am as a person. So instead of simply recording everyday events, I record feelings, beliefs, turning points, mental shifts, and realizations. If not with words, then with color or imagery.
Each page is like a reflection of who I am at that particular moment in time.
Being able to freely journal in this fashion takes courage, truth, and practice. But with a little help from journaling prompts, you can begin to uncover your true self.
Prompts are simply bits of inspiration or questions to get you started writing. Search through Google and you’d find thousands of sites that offer journaling prompts, but it can be hard to fish through them all to find ones that you actually want to use. In my art journal, I like to use prompts that would get me thinking about who I am, or prompts that would help me dig deep into my memories… something to bring me clarity and a new angle on how I view myself. Sometimes I answer a prompt directly, and other times just reading them sparks something else inside of me.
Here are a few of my favorite journaling prompts:
What would you do if money were no object?
What is something wonderful that makes you different from everyone else?
Describe a childhood memory that you would love to relive.
What is something that you know is true?
If your life story were a book, what would the ending be?
What is your heart full of right now in this moment?
Beyond prompts, some other ideas are to:
- make lists
- write a poem
- record your favorite quote or song lyrics that speak to you
- write about what you’re feeling inside at the moment
But remember, you don’t always have to say a lot for it to be deep and meaningful. Use your art, colors, and imagery to express yourself too!
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