Tips on How to Start Journaling From 2 YouTubers
There are no limitations in your journal
What do you write about when you start a journal? In this video, Nicole shares some of her personal journaling, and gives advice and feedback on what may work for you.
It’s common to write about what you are grateful for, and things such as your health, or your friends will come up naturally, but try to really think deeper about it: what are you grateful for today?
Next are Affirmations. If you’re lacking something in life, or you want to do something really out of your comfort zone, write it down, there are no limitations in your journal.
Then you could write about what are your goals for the day. So, what do you want to accomplish today?
Journaling is like free therapy
Victoria started journaling at age 19 during a semester abroad in Thailand, because she felt this experience was worth documenting. This started a consistent journaling practice that she has kept for the past 8 years.
It has been very beneficial for her, as for a lot of people, talking about her own feelings, or sharing them with others can be really difficult, and journaling is like free therapy in a way that it helps you clear your head and work things through.
Journaling also helps you realize how much you have accomplished in the past years as it allows you to document what is happening in your life every day and then look back onto it. In her video below, Victoria mentions her three main journaling practices that she recommends. Letting it flow during her Morning Pages gives her more clarity in her thinking process. She keeps a separate notebook for Gratitude, in which she will write her 3 gratitudes for the day before going to bed. She is also very fond of her Letters to the Universe that she writes as part of her New Moon ritual.
30 Prompts to Kick Start Your 30 Day Journaling Challenge
Finding inspiration can be hard sometimes. There are some moments when you feel like you’re in a state of flow and the pen just glides on pages after pages, and there are these awkward moments when your mind is dry. What should I write about? How do I start?
To get you unstuck, and also if you want to expand your horizon and challenge yourself, I have compiled for you a list of 30 ideas to jumpstart your brain.
Completing each one of them will be very introspective and you will know yourself and feel better about yourself at the end of this challenge, as it will explore a wide range of subjects and emotions such as happiness, relationships, fears, selflessness, ambition, gratefulness, … Feel free to pick the ones that inspire you, or go through the list as your 30-Day Journaling Challenge.
- List 10 things that make you happy.
- Observe your surroundings and write a narrative of what’s going on around you, without any punctuation.
- Think of the person closest to you, a parent, friend, or lover, and describe them in twenty words.
- If you had the courage to do anything you wanted, what would you do? Why would you do it?
- Write about your first, or your worst, heartbreak.
- Think about a time where you acted selflessly. How did that make you feel?
- Today, pick a habit that you’d like to eliminate from your life. Think about the steps you’ll take to get rid of that negative habit, as well as how to keep yourself accountable.
- Pretend that you’re living your ultimate dream and write about what a typical day in your life would be like.
- Write about the very first memory you have. What does it mean? Why do you think you remember this and not anything before?
- When you wake up, write down 5 things that you are grateful for.
- Do you tend to do most of the giving or receiving in your relationships? How can you change this dynamic or improve it?
- Write about a time that you were really, truly happy.
- Think of how you imagined yourself “grown up” when you were younger. Then, write a letter to the younger you. Would you be proud of yourself? What advice would you give?
- What is your biggest fear? Why are you so afraid of it?
- Imagine you’ve been provided with a livable income for the rest of your life. You have no need to work, but aren’t rolling in money either. How would you spend your time? Your answer will say a lot about you and what your passion may be.
- How would people describe you?
- What is your greatest accomplishment so far and how did you achieve it?
- How do you cope with stressful/difficult situations? Assess your coping mechanisms and if you see that they aren’t healthy, ponder how you can change them.
- If you could hang out with anyone in the world, dead or alive, for a day, who would it be and why? What would you do?
- Reflect on your romantic relationship, and identify one area you’d like to improve. If you don’t have a romantic partner in your life, identify past failures you’d like to improve on. If you’ve never been in a relationship, describe your ideal one.
- There’s always room for improvement in our lives. What is one thing you can do each day to better yourself?
- Do you have any regrets? If so, how can you let go of these or make up for them?
- Write about your first childhood friend. What kind of impact do you think they had on your life?
- Imagine you are the new president of the United States, or the new leader of your country. Write about your day in narrative form.
- Think of the best vacation/trip you’ve ever been on. Why was it so great? Would it be different if you went again?
- Write about a time you felt weak, and focus on how you became strong again. What does this say about your character?
- What 3 lessons do you want your children or friends to learn from you?
- Decide on one positive habit you’d like to implement in your life. Whether seemingly mundane (flossing) or perhaps life-altering (exercising), write out the steps you’ll take to get there.
- Think of something not-so-nice you’ve recently said or of resentment you’ve been holding on to for somebody. Write down what you said or what happened and read through it. Is it worth holding on to? How can you let this go?
- Where would you want to live your ideal life and why?