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50 journal prompt ideas! (For when pictures just aren't enough)

Updated: Jan 3

An author's hands write in a weathered book below a spread of autumn flowers

There are many benefits to keeping a journal. Many do it for the memories of travel, important life moments, & everything in between. Keeping journals for different aspects of your time on earth is such a beautiful thing. We even know much more about the history of the world because of people like Anne Frank & Samuel Pepys. While a lot of us record our lives on social media or blogging through photographs, very few of us keep track of moments in a journal & write down details of our experiences. So why not give it a try?

Below are 50 journal prompt ideas for you to use in 2023!

  1. The most interesting person you've ever met, and what is it that drew you to them?

  2. If you were given 3 wishes, what would they be and why?

  3. What is a quote that you have always remembered?

  4. What are things that you want in the future?

  5. What is a move you relate to it and why?

  6. What are your wildest dreams and aspirations?

  7. 20 things that you learned by the age of 20?

  8. What are your best study tips and techniques for those who are still in school?

  9. What are your favorite memories about being a child or adult?

  10. Write a letter to your future self.

  11. Write down 6 things that you need to start your day successfully.

  12. Tape your receipts from today onto the page.

  13. What are the places that you would teleport to right now if you could?

  14. Who are the celebrities that you would want to be friends with?

  15. 5 of your bad habits and how you can change them.

  16. Who is your favorite artist and what piece by them speaks to you the most?

  17. Go on a walk and look for leaves and flowers. Tape them to the page.

  18. What are you craving today and why?

  19. What would you put in a self care box for yourself and why?

  20. Write about what and who you could not live without.

  21. What would your next tattoo be and why?

  22. What are you most afraid of others finding out about you and why?

  23. What toxic cycles are you choosing to perpetuate for yourself and why?

  24. Write down 10 things that you are thankful for.

  25. Write about the place you call home.

  26. What are 5 things that you would like to do more?

  27. Write down something that you are stressed about. How can you improve it?

  28. What is a book that has influenced you and why?

  29. How do you see the world?

  30. What are your top three songs on your playlist right now and why?

  31. What holds you back?

  32. Share a vivid dream that you had recently.

  33. Write about someone you love.

  34. What fictional character are you most like?

  35. What do you feel strongly about and why?

  36. What is the place you want to travel to next and why?

  37. What is your dream job and how can you get it?

  38. Who would you invite to an imaginary dinner party?

  39. Where were you 10 years ago?

  40. A fact about you that you don't share with people.

  41. What makes you content?

  42. What is your earliest memory?

  43. Name three things that you are good at.

  44. What are you proud of?

  45. What is your favorite part of your body and why?

  46. What is your ideal date with your partner?

  47. How can you show more compassion towards yourself and others today than you did yesterday?

  48. What do you need to let go of to move forward?

  49. Write down a list of 3 things that make your heart sing.

  50. Are you living in a way that reflects the person that you want to be any why?

If you use any of these prompts, be sure to share it on instagram & tag us! { @papillon.visuals }



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