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    50 Inspiring Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

    In this article, you’ll find 50 inspiring journal prompts for self-discovery and personal growth. Plus, I share some of my favorite guided journals for connecting with your truest, most authentic self.

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    Journaling For Self-Discovery

    Journaling is a powerful tool in your journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and creating the life that you truly love.

    For the past several years, I’ve been journaling for 30 minutes every morning as soon as I wake up. I do this even before eating breakfast, working out, checking social media, or meditating.

    This practice has served me in more ways than I ever could’ve imagined. I’ve found that when I take 30 minutes to focus solely on my inner world, I forge a deeper connection with my most authentic self.

    Additionally, it helps me to get any thoughts, worries, or heavy emotions out of my body and onto the blank page in front of me. By the end of my journaling sessions, I always feel lighter and more clear-headed as I set out to embrace the opportunities and experiences of the new day ahead.

    Your own journaling practice should be tailored to your unique preferences and needs. You might journal for ten minutes a day or a whole hour. You might like early mornings, or maybe you like to journal at night to help you unwind from your day.

    There are no rules to journaling; do what feels best to you.

    If I can give you one piece of advice, though, it would be to make your journaling practice a safe place from self-judgment or self-criticism.

    This means you’re free to write down whatever you need to without your inner critic telling you it’s wrong to think or feel a certain way.

    In fact, if you’re seeking meaningful self-discovery, the best thing you can do is to get curious.

    For instance, let’s say you’re journaling about the day you had yesterday, and you realize you didn’t react to a situation as well as you would’ve liked to. Instead of criticizing yourself, allow yourself to explore your reaction with non-judgmental awareness.

    Keep probing deeper to get to the root of your own thoughts, actions, feelings, and beliefs.

    Below, you’ll find 50 journal prompts for self-discovery, personal growth, and exploring your inner self. You can choose to spend as much or as little time on each prompt as you’d like, and you can also skip around to complete them in any order you’d prefer.

    And be sure to keep scrolling to the end of the post, where I link to seven of my favorite guided journals for self-discovery. Though each journal is uniquely different, each one will powerfully guide you in your personal growth journey and give you everything you need to explore your own inner world.

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    Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

    • What would I do today if I knew I could not fail?
    • What’s still worth doing, even if I do fail?
    • What does my perfect, dream life look like?
    • What limiting beliefs or fears are holding me back from pursuing my dreams?
    • What are some of my favorite qualities about myself?
    • What superpower do I have that makes a positive difference in other people’s lives?
    • How have I grown in the past year? What led me to experiencing this type of growth?
    • How have I grown in the past ten years? What positive changes am I most grateful for?
    • What are some obstacles and challenges I’ve experienced that I now feel grateful for, even if it was hard to appreciate it at the time?
    • What risks have I taken in my life that I’m really glad I took?
    • What risks do I want to take this year, and what’s holding me back?
    • What does self-care mean to me? What are some of my favorite self-care activities? How can I incorporate more self-care into my life?
    • How do I express my creativity? What are my favorite creative activities? How can I make space for more creative outlets in my life? 
    • How do I use my imagination now compared to when I was a child? Do I still use my imagination in my daily life? How can I embrace using my imagination more?
    • Do I let myself experience fun and play in my daily life? How can I make space for more play? What are some of my favorite fun activities?
    • What are my guiding principles and truths? How do I live by my guiding principles in my daily life?
    • How can I be kinder and more compassionate to myself? When my inner bully comes out, what can I do to show myself more kindness and love?
    • In what situations do I hold back from speaking my truth? Are there any situations in which I withdraw, even when I have something to say? What can I do to feel more confident in these situations?
    • What are some of the people, experiences, and/or things in my life that I sometimes take for granted? How can I cultivate more gratitude and appreciation in my daily life?
    • What does it mean to me to be stable, secure, and grounded? When I’m feeling off-balance, what can I do to help myself feel more grounded and centered?
    • When do I feel happiest? What brings me true joy?
    • What do I need more of in my life? How can I bring more of this into my world?
    • What do I need to release in my life? How can I let go of these things/experiences/people/beliefs to make space for something new?
    • What does success mean to me? How might my idea of success be different from someone else’s idea of success?
    • How do I nourish my mind? What can I do for myself to support a strong, healthy mind?
    • How do I nourish my body? What can I do for myself to support a strong, healthy body?
    • How do I nourish my soul? What can I do for myself to support a strong, healthy soul?
    • What tasks do I tend to avoid doing? Why do I avoid these tasks? How can I support myself in approaching these tasks with confidence?
    • What’s my favorite compliment I’ve ever received? Why did the compliment mean so much to me?
    • What is one thing I can do today to lovingly nurture my mind, body, and spirit?
    • What is one thing I can do today to bring me closer to my dreams?
    • What is one thing I can do today to support my personal growth journey?
    • Do I have any unhealthy habits? What steps can I take to release my unhealthy habits and create new, more positive ones?
    • What does my comfort zone look like? In what ways does this comfort zone support me, and in what ways does it hinder my growth? How can I begin to step outside of my comfort zone over the next few months?
    • How would I describe myself to a total stranger if I knew they wouldn’t judge me?
    • How would my friends and family describe me?
    • What are some hardships I’ve experienced, and in what ways have these hardships helped me to grow?
    • What does a perfect day look like to me?
    • What’s one thing I can do in five minutes a day to support myself?
    • What’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing but haven’t done yet? Can I make this dream come true this year?
    • What’s on my lifelong bucket list? Which of these things could I do or accomplish over the next year?
    • What kind of person do I want to be? How do I want to be remembered?
    • In the middle of a busy and/or stressful day, what can I do to help myself feel supported and centered?
    • What types of situations and experiences make me feel tense and/or withdrawn? What can I do to help myself in these situations?
    • What was one of my absolute favorite childhood moments? What did I love most about that moment? (Describe the moment in detail.)
    • In what ways did my childhood shape the person I am now?
    • What aspects of my childhood am I most grateful for?
    • If I could go back in time and tell my younger self anything, what would I say?
    • What are ten things about my body that I truly love and feel grateful for?
    • What are all the aspects of my life right now, exactly as it is, that I feel true gratitude and appreciation for?

    Guided Journals

    True You: A Self Discovery Journal

    The beautifully illustrated True You: A Self-Discovery Journal is filled with incredibly powerful journal prompts divided into categories like Self-Awareness, Values, Identity, and Confidence. It’s also filled with inspirational quotes and creative exercises, and did I mention that it’s absolutely gorgeous? (This journal is one of my favorites!)

    Soul Therapy: A 365 Day Journal for Self Exploration, Healing & Reflection

    The Soul Therapy Journal is a powerful daily guided journal filled with thought-provoking prompts, quotes, reflection questions, daily practices, and an endless amount of truly nourishing food for your soul.

    This Year I Will: . . . A 52-Week Guided Journal to Achieve Your Goals

    This 52-Week Guided Journal is the perfect guide to exploring your goals, setting intentions, practicing gratitude, and growing over the course of the next 365 days.

    Burn After Writing

    Burn After Writing is the guided journal that encourages you to spend less time scrolling and more time reflecting. It’s filled with powerful prompts to reflect upon and explore your past, present, and future.

    Gratitude: A Day and Night Journal

    I love the Gratitude: A Day and Night Journal because it allows you to reflect daily on your thoughts, intentions, goals, and what you’re truly grateful for in your life. This is the perfect journal for cultivating a sense of gratitude, optimism, and true joy each and every day.

    Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

    There are so many things to love about the Start Where You Are Journal: it’s beautifully illustrated, contains lots of inspiring journal prompts and quotes, and it nurtures your creativity by allowing space to draw and color on many of the pages. This is the perfect journal for exploring your inner self while also embracing your divine creativity.

    Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are

    Last but definitely not least, the Present, Not Perfect Journal is another gorgeously illustrated guided journal to gently guide you to release the stress and overwhelm of your daily life and make space for mindfulness, introspection, and total self-love.


    How do you approach your journaling practice? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.

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    30 Profound Journal Prompts For Spiritual Growth

    In this article, discover 30 thoughtful journal prompts for spiritual growth to help you connect deeper to both your true self and to the higher power in your life. Plus, download your free printable journal prompts below!

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    Spiritual Growth

    Growing up, I never would’ve considered myself a spiritual person.

    I think I always mostly believed in a higher power, but I always considered this higher power to exist outside of myself. To be completely honest, I often imagined this higher power to be this enormous being who was watching me from the sky, judging and criticizing my every thought and action.

    I believed this higher power had extraordinary expectations for me to be perfect, and I was already so hard on myself all the time – bearing the weight of all those expectations felt like carrying a mountain on my shoulders. In my mind, no matter what I did, it’d never be enough.

    So it became much easier for me to pretend this higher being didn’t exist at all.

    It was just me and myself, I decided. I’d have to figure things out on my own. And that was okay. I didn’t need anyone else. I remember when I was younger, I once asked my mom if she thought I was a leader or a follower.

    “Neither,” she responded. “You don’t feel the need to lead, but you don’t follow either. You’re just your own person.”

    I loved this identity. My own person. Even though I don’t think it was what she meant, I took it to mean that I didn’t need other people at all. Even when things were difficult, I could always make it on my own.

    It took many years of lessons and hardship to realize that trying to be a solely independent person who never relied on anyone else for anything wasn’t really the path I wanted to be on. That I truly and deeply loved people. That I needed them.

    And that I needed something greater than me to believe in. That I needed a higher power: God, the Universe, Source, Love, All That Is – whatever name feels best to you.

    My life changed in the most extraordinary ways when I released my grip on the reins and surrendered control to the Universe. When I began to lean into divine flow. When I trusted the pull of my heart guiding me forward, even when it didn’t make sense.

    And this relationship is still growing. Still expanding. It transforms every day. The more I surrender, let go, and trust, the more miraculous my life becomes. I was so worried about control for so long, yet it was releasing this control that brought me the true peace I’d been searching for my entire life.

    Below, you’ll find 30 journal prompts for spiritual growth to help you on your own spiritual journey. These questions focus both on your relationship with your true self as well as your relationship with a higher power. You can also download your copy of these free printable journal prompts at the bottom of this post.

    Before you begin responding to any of these journal prompts, I want you to make a promise to yourself to be kind and compassionate with yourself no matter what comes up. Allow yourself the grace of imperfection. Embrace your past, as every experience you’ve encountered has brought you here today.

    And also, what I believed when I was little? About a higher power sitting in the sky watching and criticizing your every move? It isn’t true. We all have different, unique relationships with the Universe, but for all of us, this is true:

    The Universe has never criticized or condemned you. The Universe has never judged you for your thoughts or actions. The Universe is love. The Universe knows only love. And the Universe only feels perfect, unconditional love for you.

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    Journal Prompts For Spiritual Growth

    • Who is my true self?
    • What do I love most about my true self?
    • Do I ever hide my true self out of fear of being judged or criticized?
    • The next time I’m tempted to hide my true self, what can I tell myself to confidently stand in who I am and embrace myself fully?
    • What has my spiritual journey looked like up to this point in my life?
    • What does “spirituality” mean to me?
    • What does it mean to me to be a spiritual person? What about my spiritual self am I still learning and discovering?
    • When and/or where do I feel most connected to my spiritual self?
    • What is my relationship with a higher power?
    • How does a higher power show up in my daily life?
    • How would I like a higher power to show up in my life? Can I ask this higher power to show up for me in this way?
    • In what ways does the Universe (or God) speak to me? How do I speak back to the Universe?
    • When I communicate with the Universe, do I feel heard?
    • Do I feel like the higher power in my life criticizes me or loves me without condition? How does this higher power feel about me?
    • What is my soul’s purpose? Do I feel connected to my purpose? If not, what steps can I take to discover my soul’s purpose?
    • When do I feel most at peace?
    • How can I cultivate deeper feelings of inner peace in my daily life, even when the outer world feels heavy and overwhelming?
    • What miracles have I experienced in my life? What do these miracles mean to me?
    • How has the Universe guided me throughout my life through the use of signs, synchronicities, and my own intuition?
    • Am I currently receiving any spiritual guidance about my path? What is this guidance telling me is the next right step?
    • Am I able to surrender to spiritual guidance, or is it sometimes difficult for me to give up control? What do I fear will happen if I release control and surrender?
    • What does it mean to me to surrender?
    • What are some things I’m worrying about right now? How can I turn over these worries to a higher power?
    • Do I ever feel lost or alone in my life? Am I able to turn to a higher power during these times? If this is difficult, what makes it hard to do?
    • Has there ever been a time in my life when my prayers weren’t answered (or it seemed as though they weren’t answered), and this actually worked out positively for me?
    • What are some examples of past experiences when the Universe gave me exactly what I needed at exactly the right time?
    • How does spiritual growth require change and transformation? Is this easy or hard for me?
    • The Law of Rhythm states that everything comes in cycles, and nothing stays in one state forever. We can see this in the changing of seasons and the cycles of the moon. What cycles appear in my own life? How can understanding that everything is part of a greater cycle help me to cultivate deeper feelings of inner peace?
    • Did I have any childhood experiences that negatively affected my belief, attitude, or relationship toward God, the Universe, and/or the concept of spirituality? Have I been able to heal from these experiences, or is there still healing to be done?
    • What self-care practices can I do for myself to nourish my spiritual self? How can I take care of my mind, body, and spirit?

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    24 Shadow Work Journal Prompts For Inner Healing

    In this article, discover the meaning of shadow work, plus get 24 profound shadow work journal prompts to connect to your innermost self and begin the journey of deep healing and growth.

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    What Is Shadow Work?

    We all have parts of ourselves that we keep hidden – from others, and often, from ourselves, too.

    These are the aspects of our inner beings that we suppress, neglect, and exile to a deep corner hidden inside ourselves where no one can access.

    Often, we label these parts of ourselves as wrong.

    This label may come from childhood, when you were told by an adult that something you did or said was bad. Maybe you put yourself out there, wanting to impress an adult, and they reacted in a way that you perceived as negatively. In turn, this caused you to feel shame and embarrassment.

    And no longer wanting to ever feel that depth of pain again, you locked away this part of you so that nobody will ever be able to cut you so deeply ever again.

    We go to great lengths to protect ourselves. We hide parts of ourselves that we deem as being unflattering. We don’t like to expose our shadows out of fear of being judged, ridiculed, and abandoned.

    But the truth is, we all have a darker side within us. We all experience greed, envy, selfishness, and other feelings we deem as negative.

    Shadow work is the practice of gently acknowledging and bringing these hidden parts of yourself back to the surface. Instead of viewing yourself as a hundred different puzzle pieces, some lost and hidden, you see that you’re the whole puzzle. It’s embracing your wholeness – the entirety of who you are. The light. The dark. The difficult and vulnerable. All of it.

    Because all parts of you are worthy of your own love and attention.

    Shadow work isn’t easy, though, and I definitely recommend preparing yourself fully before diving straight in. Scott Jeffrey offers a great guide to shadow work here. Make sure you’re in a stable place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually before you begin working through these shadow work journal prompts.

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    Shadow Work Journal Prompts

    Before we get to the journal prompts, I want to make an important note on how to approach your journaling session.

    Shadow work can trigger a lot of feelings and thoughts within. And it can be really, really easy to be hard on yourself. Before you begin answering any of these questions, make a promise to yourself to refrain from self-criticism. The path to healing isn’t paved in self-judgment but in deep and profound self-compassion.

    If it helps, you can write on the top of your paper, “I will be kind to myself today.”

    Know that this really, truly isn’t about being perfect. It’s about acknowledging all parts of yourself, including the parts that you may neglect and bury deep within. You don’t have to do anything immediately to change or heal those parts of you.

    Right now, just showing those parts of yourself that you see them and they’re not alone is enough.

    Journal Prompts

    • What are my pet peeves? Where do I think these pet peeves may have stemmed from?
    • What personality traits bother me? What behaviors get under my skin? Do I possess any of these personality traits or behaviors?
    • What external experiences trigger a negative reaction within me? Why do I think I react negatively to these experiences?
    • Have I ever offered my authentic self to another and been rejected? How did this make me feel?
    • What was I like as a child? Is there any aspect of my childlike self that I’ve lost touch with that I miss? What caused me to lose touch with this part of me?
    • Did I experience any embarrassing or difficult situations when I was younger that had a profound effect on me? How do I feel when I think about that experience now?
    • Do I try to hide any parts of myself from others? Why do I hide these parts of me?
    • What personality traits do I notice in others that I wish I had? How do I feel when I’m around people with these traits?
    • If I could change one part of myself, what would I change? (Now, challenge yourself to see if you can find at least one positive aspect of this part of you. Could this thing you don’t like be beneficial in any way?)
    • What’s one of my greatest weaknesses? In what ways could this weakness be a strength?
    • What emotions do I typically avoid feeling? (i.e. anger, resentment, sadness, grief) What do I think will happen if I allow myself to feel these emotions?
    • Have I ever felt wronged by someone? How has that experience affected me?
    • Think about a time when you felt wronged, betrayed, or let down. Write a letter to the person who caused these feelings.
    • Have I ever wronged, betrayed, or let down another person? Have I forgiven myself for what I did?
    • Think about a time you wronged, betrayed, or let down another person. Write a letter to yourself, forgiving yourself for this experience.
    • Think about a time you wronged, betrayed, or let down another person. Write a letter to that person, asking for their forgiveness.
    • What do I carry inside me that still needs to be healed? How can I take the first step to healing?
    • What parts of myself do I neglect, ignore, and/or suppress? Why have I neglected these parts of myself? What would happen if I showed these aspects of my inner self a little more attention?
    • Have I noticed any negative patterns that keep appearing in my life? What do I need to do to break this cycle?
    • In what ways do I ghost myself? Do I ignore my own feelings, thoughts, needs, or desires? How does it feel to ghost myself?
    • Think about some of the negative emotional reactions you’ve had over the past week. Is there a theme that ties these reactions together? If there’s one thing that particularly bothers you, is it possible that you see this bothersome thing reflected in yourself? (For instance, if narcissism triggers an especially powerful reaction in you, do you have any narcissistic tendencies that you try to hide from others?)
    • Write a letter to yourself, from Fear. What does Fear want to tell you?
    • Write a letter to yourself, from Shame. What does Shame want to tell you?
    • Write a letter to yourself, from your shadow. What does your shadow want to tell you?

    What does shadow work look like for you, and how has it affected your life? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below.

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    30 Journal Prompts For Self Growth (& Deeper Self-Love)

    In this article, discover 30 profound journal prompts for self growth and deeper self-love. Use these journal prompts to help you go within, peel back the layers of your innermost self, and unearth the truest, most authentic you. (Plus don’t forget to download your free printable journal prompts for self growth below!)

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    The Art Of Self Growth

    One of my all-time favorite affirmations is this:

    “I love myself fully now as I continue to grow.”

    Growth is a never-ending process. For as long as you’re breathing, you’re continuing to transform, discover, and unearth the deepest parts of yourself. This means that if you wait until you’ve completed your journey of personal growth to finally show yourself the love and compassion you deserve, you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.

    You are allowed to love yourself fully right now, exactly as you are. Even in your imperfections. Even when you make mistakes. Even when you’re not completely certain who you truly are. At every stage of your journey, you are worthy of deep, unconditional love.

    Embrace the journey. Love the journey. And also embrace and love yourself as you navigate through your inner and outer worlds.

    Below, you’ll find 30 journal prompts for self growth that will help you to go within and gently peel back the layers of your innermost self. As you answer these prompts, be sure to show yourself extra love and compassion. Don’t judge or criticize yourself for your answers. This journey of growth isn’t easy, and it’s something many of us avoid, so acknowledge the courage it takes to take this step.

    And for more self growth journal prompts, be sure to check out these journal prompts for anxiety as well as these spirituality journal prompts to connect to your deepest self. (Plus, be sure to download your free printable journal prompts below.)

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    Journal Prompts For Self Growth

    • What would I do today if I knew I could not fail?
    • What limiting beliefs or fears are holding me back from pursuing my dreams?
    • How have I grown in the past year? What led me to experiencing this type of growth?
    • How have I grown in the past ten years? What positive changes am I most grateful for?
    • What are some hardships I’ve experienced, and in what ways have these hardships helped me to grow?
    • What risks have I taken in my life that I’m really glad I took?
    • What risks do I want to take this year, and what’s holding me back?
    • What are my guiding principles and truths? How do I live by my guiding principles in my daily life?
    • How can I be kinder and more compassionate to myself? When my inner bully comes out, what can I do to show myself more kindness and love?
    • In what situations do I hold back from speaking my truth? Are there any situations in which I withdraw, even when I have something to say? What can I do to feel more confident in these situations?
    • What are some of the people, experiences, and/or things in my life that I sometimes take for granted? How can I cultivate more gratitude and appreciation in my daily life?
    • What does it mean to me to be stable, secure, and grounded? When I’m feeling off-balance, what can I do to help myself feel more grounded and centered?
    • What do I need more of in my life? How can I bring more of this to my life?
    • What do I need to release in my life? How can I let go of these things/experiences/people/beliefs to make space for something new?
    • What does success mean to me? How might my idea of success be different from someone else’s idea of success?
    • What tasks do I tend to avoid doing? Why do I avoid these tasks? How can I support myself in approaching these tasks with confidence?
    • Do I have any unhealthy habits? What steps can I take to release my unhealthy habits and create new, more positive ones?
    • What does forgiveness mean to me? Am I able to forgive easily?
    • Do I criticize myself often? How does it feel when I criticize myself?
    • What does self-compassion mean to me? Do I have a difficult time showing myself compassion?
    • What does my comfort zone look like? In what ways does this comfort zone support me, and in what ways does it hinder my growth? How can I begin to step outside of my comfort zone over the next three months?
    • What’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing but haven’t done yet? Can I make this dream come true this year?
    • What’s on my lifelong bucket list? Which of these things could I do or accomplish over the next year?
    • What kind of person do I want to be? How do I want to be remembered?
    • If I could go back in time and tell my younger self anything, what would I say?
    • What self-care practices can I do for myself to nourish my whole self? How can I take care of my mind, body, and spirit?
    • How can I show myself unconditional love in my daily life?
    • When do I feel happiest? What brings me true joy? How can I incorporate more joy into my daily life?
    • How can I love myself a little more today?
    • What will I do today to help my personal growth?

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    Do you have any favorite journal prompts for self growth and discovery? How do you balance personal growth with showing yourself unconditional love at all stages in your journey? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    33 Journal Prompts for Goal Setting & Future Planning

    Below, discover 33 profound journal prompts for goal setting, planning your future, and taking the first steps toward creating the life you desire. You are worthy. You are capable. And you already have what it takes. It’s time to step into your power to achieve all of your most heartfelt goals (and more).

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    Setting Goals

    Most of us have short-term and long-term goals for our lives. These goals might include positive career movement, financial success, living in the place you’ve always dreamed of, and/or having a healthy, long-term relationship.

    But how often do you take the time to write your goals down? It’s easy to lose sight of your goals in the midst of your daily life. When dealing with external demands, thinking about your long-term goals sometimes seems less urgent.

    But it shouldn’t be.

    Your goals matter. Every dream, desire, passion, and objective that’s been placed inside you has been put there for a reason. And you owe it to yourself to follow it as far as it will take you.

    Below, you’ll find 33 journal prompts for goal setting and future planning. I’ve also included some tips on how to use these journal prompts as well as resources throughout the article to help you with achieving your goals. Let these journal prompts and resources guide you in creating a life that fulfills your heart and supports your mind, body, and spirit.

    Manifestation Workbook & Printables

    Looking for help to get you started with reaching your goals? I’ve created several resources that include goal-setting activities and powerful manifestation exercises.

    The Dreams, Goals & Manifestation Printables are a PDF file filled with 153 content pages that are completely dedicated to helping you manifest your dream life. While you can use this as a workbook, it’s more of a combination between a workbook and a yearly planner in which you get to control the order of the pages and how you want it to look. With these printables, you’ll find multiple calendars, worksheet pages, and goal-setting tools that you can use over and over again, not just month after month but year after year

    For a smaller version of these printables in workbook format, check out The Ultimate Manifestation Workbook.

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    How to Use These Journal Prompts

    • To start, find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. Allow yourself to truly connect with your inner self. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning, afternoon, or evening; what matters is that you’re able to devote this time to you. See if you can dedicate at least ten to twenty minutes solely to journaling.
    • You can answer just one question at a time or several in a single journaling session. It will just depend on the type of question and what kinds of answers it reveals within. (Just don’t rush it!)
    • If you find yourself straying from the question a little, that’s okay. You might be on the verge of discovering something within yourself you hadn’t realized before.
    • Finally, enact a “no self-criticism” rule while you’re journaling. Let’s say that as you write, you realize that you haven’t been making any positive movement toward your goals in the past six months. Don’t judge yourself here. Instead, choose to show yourself compassion, and acknowledge the fact that you’re making progress now.

    Journal Prompts for Goal Setting

    • What are three short-term goals that I have? What can I do to ensure I meet my short-term goals?
    • What are three long-term goals that I have? How can I ensure I meet my long-term goals?
    • Is there anything that scares me about my goals?
    • Why is it worth it to me to push past my fears to achieve my goals?
    • If I could be doing anything with my life right now, what would I be doing?
    • What’s stopping me from doing the things I truly want to do?
    • What unique skills, talents, and qualities do I possess that make me qualified to do what I want to do?
    • What are my top five priorities in my life right now?
    • Are my current life priorities aligned with my goals?
    • What would I need in order for my priorities and goals to be in alignment? How can I give myself what I need?
    • What goal can I achieve in the next year?
    • What steps do I need to take to achieve this goal?
    • What goal can I achieve in the next five years?
    • What steps do I need to take to achieve my five-year goal(s)?
    • What goals do I have for the next month?
    • How can I manage and prioritize my time to meet my monthly goals?
    • What’s one small step I can take each day for the next seven days to help me meet my monthly goals?
    • Where do I see myself in one year?
    • Where do I see myself in five years?
    • Where do I see myself in ten years?
    • If I created a vision board right now, what would be on it?
    • What holds me back from living the life I imagine?
    • How can I cultivate more self-confidence and self-belief?
    • Which of my goals mean the most to me?
    • Why does this goal mean so much to me?
    • How can I ensure I reach this goal?
    • Are there any goals I once had that no longer align with my vision of my life?
    • Is it okay to release a goal that no longer aligns with what I want?
    • In my ideal future, where would I live? What would I be doing? Who would I spend my time with?
    • Is my ideal future possible? Why or why not?
    • What do I need in order to achieve my ideal future, and how can I give myself what I need?
    • Why is it worth it for me to always pursue my goals?
    • What gives me confidence? How can I tap into my inner confidence to take the leap to achieving all my goals and dreams?

    For manifesting tips, daily affirmations, and lots of positive vibes, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram! And don’t forget to check out the Dreams, Goals & Manifestation Printables and The Ultimate Manifestation Workbook, available now in my online shop!

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    30 Gentle and Calming Journal Prompts for Anxiety

    Below, discover 30 gentle and calming journal prompts for anxiety designed to help you gently probe your anxiety with love, compassion, and kindness. Find a quiet place where you can connect with your inner self and allow yourself to align with the emotions of peace, tranquility, and calmness within.

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    Experiencing Anxiety

    What does anxiety feel like to you?

    For some, anxiety is most often experienced physically. Your chest may start to feel tight and hot. Your stomach might feel like it’s flipping over itself. Or maybe there’s tension in your head that just won’t go away.

    For others, anxiety might be experienced emotionally or mentally. A stream of steady, anxious thoughts might keep you up at night, or your anxiety may cause you to feel sad, angry, or overall pessimistic.

    And still, you might experience a little bit of all of it: physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. While it can be tempting to want to suppress your inner anxiety or label it as “bad,” it can be a healing exercise to go within to understand the source of your anxiety, how it feels in your body, and what practices help you when anxiety takes over.

    Below, you’ll find 30 gentle and calming journal prompts for anxiety. These journal prompts are meant to help you to gently probe your anxiety with kindness, compassion, and love. I encourage you to give yourself time and space to answer these prompts in a safe place where you’re free of outside distractions. Let yourself truly connect to your inner self. You might find it helpful to light some candles or play some soft music while you write.

    Note that these journal prompts are not meant to replace talking to a healthcare professional. For further anxiety resources, I encourage you to check out this article from Everyday Health. It includes a list of organizations that can provide valuable information about anxiety, resources for BIPOC communities, information about financial assistance, and more.

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    Journal Prompts for Anxiety

    • What does anxiety feel like to me?
    • Where in my body do I experience anxiety the most?
    • In what types of situations do I most often experience anxiety?
    • Are there specific triggers that make me feel anxious or overwhelmed?
    • Is there anything I’m feeling anxious about right now?
    • For anything I feel anxious about right now, what can I do for myself to alleviate my anxiety?
    • What practices have helped me in the past when I feel anxiety setting in?
    • When my anxiety feels overbearing, what can I do to show myself kindness and compassion?
    • What can I do to support myself when I know I’m entering a situation in which I might feel anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed?
    • What do I need from the Universe when I feel worried or anxious? How can the Universe support me?
    • What do I need from my loved ones when I feel worried or anxious? How can my loved ones support me?
    • What has my anxiety taught me about the world?
    • What has my anxiety taught me about myself?
    • In what ways is anxiety not a weakness?
    • What negative thoughts do I most often experience?
    • Why do I think I have these negative thoughts?
    • Can I turn any of these negative thoughts into positive thoughts?
    • Where do I feel the safest? What about this environment makes me feel safe?
    • With whom do I feel the safest? What about this person (or people) makes me feel safe?
    • Describe what it feels like to feel safe, supported, and protected.
    • How can I carry the feelings of being safe, supported, and protected into my everyday world?
    • Write ten calming affirmations that bring peace and serenity within. Save these affirmations to your phone, or write them on a piece of paper you can carry with you throughout your day.
    • What do I feel grateful for about my life right now?
    • What do I love most about myself?
    • What makes my soul truly beautiful?
    • What superpower do I have that makes a positive difference in other people’s lives?
    • What hardships have I experienced that have made me stronger? How did I show courage, strength, and resilience while experiencing these hardships?
    • What self-care practices can I do for myself to nourish my whole self? How can I take care of my mind, body, and spirit?
    • How can I show myself unconditional love in my daily life?
    • When do I feel happiest? What brings me true joy? How can I incorporate more joy into my daily life?

    Self-Care Practices for Anxiety

    Below are some of my favorite self-care practices that I find helpful for alleviating anxiety. If you want to find out more about any of these practices, you can click the links below to learn more.

    • Breathing Exercises: Breathing exercises can help calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. You can read more about my personal favorite breathing exercise, alternate nostril breathing, here.
    • I use crystals and gemstones daily, whether I hold them in meditation or wear them as jewelry. Here are 9 of the best crystals and stones for anxiety.
    • Meditation: Learn about the science-backed health benefits of meditation here. If you’re new to meditation, here are 7 types of meditation practices for beginners. Finally, learn about how to start a meditation journal in this post.
    • Mindfulness has allowed me to become more aware of my thoughts and understand them with non-judgmental awareness. Learn more about mindfulness here, and to get started with cultivating mindfulness in your daily life, here are 10 ways you can start cultivating mindfulness today.
    • Finally, you can also learn about 7 practices to protect your energy here.

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    18 New Moon Journal Prompts for New Beginnings

    In this post, get 18 powerful new moon journal prompts to embrace the magic of the new moon as you set intentions, release what no longer serves you, and create the beautiful life of your dreams. Plus be sure to download your free printable new moon journal prompts and affirmations at the bottom of this post!

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    New Moon Magic

    The new moon is a beautiful time for setting intentions, connecting to your deepest dreams and desires, and releasing what no longer serves you to make space for new beginnings. If you’ve been holding onto old, heavy energy within, this is the time to release what’s weighing you down to embrace new, fresh energy.

    This is also the time to embrace your ability to create anything you want in this life. You are a powerful creator, and while you may sometimes forget this in your day-to-day life, the new moon offers an opportunity to step back into your power and claim the life that’s been waiting for you.

    But it isn’t simply about creating anything; it’s about creating the truest, most beautiful life you can imagine for yourself. You have specific dreams and desires that have been placed in your heart. If you’ve been living out of alignment with your dreams, this is the time to connect back to your dreams and trust that they’ve been given to you for a reason.

    Your dreams are meant for you and you alone.

    So during this time, make space to truly connect with your inner self. You might have a sacred space in your home, or maybe you prefer to go outside beneath the stars. Wherever you go, just make sure you have some uninterrupted time to truly get in touch with your inner voice. What does the life you want to create for yourself look like? What fears are holding you back? Over the next month, what do you want to release and what do you want to embrace?

    Honor your dreams. Honor your heart. And honor the fact that the love and light of the Universe flows within you. You can create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

    Let this be the first step.

    Below are 18 new moon journal prompts to get you started. For more new moon practices, plus powerful new moon affirmations, check out my post, 35 New Moon Affirmations to Embrace New Beginnings. And be sure to download your free new moon affirmations and journal prompts below!

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    New Moon Journal Prompts

    • What are three goals I want to accomplish this month?
    • What emotions and thought patterns do I want to release?
    • What limiting beliefs do I want to let go of?
    • What new, reframed beliefs am I embracing?
    • Finish this sentence: “I am setting the intention to . . .”
    • What am I manifesting in my life right now?
    • What does my heart truly desire?
    • What does my soul need to move forward?
    • What practices can I do to cultivate and create a beautiful inner world for myself?
    • What boundaries am I setting to support my growth and well-being?
    • What is the truest, most beautiful life I can imagine for myself?
    • What dreams and desires have been placed in my heart?
    • When I imagine my dreams and desires coming true, what emotions do I feel?
    • How will I live each day as though all my dreams and desires are already mine? How can I bring the positive feelings of having everything I want into the present moment?
    • Write a welcome letter to all of your beautiful dreams, desires, and manifestations.
    • Write a goodbye letter to anything that no longer serves or supports your well-being.
    • Imagine that you are planting three seeds that will grow and bloom in the next month. What are you planting?
    • Describe the dream life you want to create for yourself as if you already have it. Express true joy, awe, and gratitude for how everything worked out perfectly for you.
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    How the Law of Rhythm Influences Your Daily Life

    The Law of Rhythm is all about cycles and perpetual movement. By understanding the Law of Rhythm, you can see how cycles play out in your daily life and release resistance to changes that unfold in your world. In this post, dive deeper into the Law of Rhythm and how it can affect your life when experiencing stress, hardships, and other difficulties. Plus, get journal prompts to help you gain a deeper insight into the cycles that play out in your own life.

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    The Law of Rhythm

    Everything in the universe is a cycle. The seasons. The moon. Your breath. You.

    Nothing stays in one state forever.

    These are the words I write in my journal in the early hours of a spring morning as the sun begins to rise, painting hints of pink among the sleepy blue sky. This, too, is a cycle, I think. The sun rising and setting, making space for the moon.

    From morning to night, dawn to dusk, and sunrise to sunset, each day’s cycle is perfect, measurable, and consistent.

    I’ve been thinking about the 12 Laws of the Universe a lot lately, but this one has been at the forefront of my mind for some time: the Law of Rhythm, which states that everything comes in cycles, and nothing stays in one state forever. As I walk through my day, I search for cycles in places where I hadn’t noticed them before.

    The squirrels that visit our backyard are never there in the morning, but I can always count on them to make an appearance around noon, when they decide to search through our grass for hidden treats.

    And every month, I experience a burst of energy for several days in a row that has me doing, creating, building, and writing for hours at a time. Just yesterday, I was in the shower when a scene for the fiction story I’ve been working on started playing in my head. I saw every detail, and I heard the characters speaking like I’d unknowingly hit “play” on the remote control in my mind. The movie unfolded from behind my eyelids in dazzling color. And it didn’t stop there; a second scene started playing, too. I rushed out of the shower and pulled up a blank Google Doc to frantically type it all up before I forgot. Several pages of single-spaced lines quickly filled the white screen.

    Afterwards, I wrote a 3,000+ word blog post, then did some more creative writing in the evening. I woke up this morning and continued writing. And now, I’m here at my laptop, writing again. I am currently in an energized flow state. It feels exciting and invigorating, like the cells beneath my skin are all dancing in exuberance.

    But I know that it won’t last forever. This isn’t pessimism; this is part of the cycle. And the cycle, I’ve learned, is a good thing.

    In a few days, I’ll reach a point when the inspired ideas pause. I used to think there was something inherently wrong about this – like I had done something wrong to bring this state upon myself. But there is nothing wrong in surrendering to the pause. In fact, this is exactly right. So I’ll step back, let go, and allow myself to take a break before the inspired ideas return once more.

    This is my personal cycle: energized creating and restful pauses. Neither is better or worse than the other. Both are important. Both are needed. So I’ve learned to no longer cling on tightly to the energy or to the pause. I’ve discovered that instead of fighting it, I can become one with this flow. And when I do this, I find peace.

    This is only one of the many cycles I’ve watched unfold in my life.

    What cycles are unfolding in your own life? How can you embrace these cycles instead of trying to control the narrative? Below, we’ll explore the Law of Rhythm a little deeper and how it may play a part in your own everyday world.

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    The Law of Rhythm and Hardships vs. Ease

    What hardships are you currently experiencing in your life?

    And when difficulties arise, how do you respond? Are you able to remain grounded and at peace no matter how rocky the waters beneath you become? Or do you get lost in worry and anxiety and sometimes even feel like these hard times will last forever?

    If your answer is the latter, don’t judge or criticize yourself. I think most of us have tended to get lost in the murky waters of hardships and difficulties at times.

    But know this: it is a universal law that the difficult moments and hard times you may be experiencing will not last.

    According to the Law of Rhythm, no hardship lasts forever. When you’re experiencing difficulties in your personal or professional life, know that it will pass. By understanding that this is just part of the cycle you’re in, you can relax and feel at peace knowing that the hardship will turn into ease just as summer turns into fall. And when things are going well, you become less likely to take this time for granted. You know that this period of ease may not last forever, and that’s okay. You’re able to honor the cycle and feel gratitude for all that you have in this moment.

    The only way a hardship can last any longer than it’s meant to is if you’re somehow holding onto it. There may even be times when the hardship has already passed, but you’re allowing it to still exist in your mind. For instance, if you’ve experienced difficulties in your relationship, you may have already talked them through with your partner, and things may be better now, but you’re still holding onto the emotions of the experience within. When you do this, it may feel like the hardship will never pass. This is when you must go within and uncover what you’re still holding onto, then allow yourself to let go of thoughts and emotions that no longer serve you.

    The Law of Rhythm and Doing vs. Being

    As I discussed above, I’ve learned that I experience energetic surges every month, and during this period, it feels like I can create forever. In general, I’m not someone who “relaxes” a lot. Writing is both my career and my hobby, so my brain is constantly churning, searching for the right ideas, words, and sentences to convey what’s in my head.

    But sometimes, I just need a break. I used to fight this because I believed the need for a break was a failure on my part. It took me a while to understand that this was part of the cycle. And when I surrendered to the cycle and stepped back from creating, eventually, when I did return to creating, my work would be even better because I gave myself that time.

    Sometimes, I do. Other times, I just am.

    This is all in accordance with the Law Of Rhythm.

    According to the Law of Rhythm, you will experience times of productivity and times of rest. You might also call these periods “times of doing” and “times of being.”

    Neither time is better or worse than the other, and both are needed in order for you to live your most authentic life.

    You might be able to see how this plays out in your own life. How do you feel when you work non-stop day after day without a moment to rest? Or conversely, how do you feel when you lay around on the couch for days or weeks at a time without actually doing anything productive?

    Some cultures may prioritize one thing or the other, but the truth is, both doing and being are needed in order for you to thrive. When you resist one or the other, you resist the laws of the universe and detract from your own highest good.

    Because I think many of us tend to uphold the “virtues” of productivity and doing at the expense of rest, I want to end this section with this: the next time you need to cancel plans, take a rest day, or spend time nurturing your soul, don’t feel guilty or try to resist. This is how you honor your own inner rhythm and cycle, and it is often the very best thing you can do not just for yourself but for all.

    The Law of Rhythm Journal Prompts

    As you’ve been reading through these sections, you may have already started thinking about how the Law of Rhythm plays a role in your own life. Below are a list of journal prompts you can use for deeper insight into the cycles that you experience and how you approach and react to each cycle.

    • What cycles do I see play out in my own life?
    • Are there any cycles I tend to resist, or that I’ve allowed myself to believe are inherently “wrong”?
    • How does it feel internally when I try to resist the cycles that unfold in my life?
    • What’s one example of a cycle of hardship vs. ease that I experience in my life? (This can be in regards to work, relationships, finances, creativity, or any other personal or professional area of your life.)
    • Considering what I know about the Law of Rhythm and cycles, how can I approach hardships and difficulties that appear in my life?
    • How do I see the cycle of doing vs. being unfold in my life? Do I experience resistance to either one?
    • How do I feel when I try to resist my own inner rhythm and cycles?
    • What mindset/attitude do I want to cultivate moving forward in regards to the Law of Rhythm and the cycles I experience in my world?

    What are some of the cycles that you’ve experienced in your own life? How does understanding the Law of Rhythm influence your mindset when experiencing hardships? Leave your questions and comments in the comment box below!

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    45 Personal Growth Journal Prompts to Be Your Best Self

    In this post, discover 45 personal growth journal prompts to align with your true self as you walk forward in your journey of self-discovery and unconditional self-love.

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    Your Journey to Your True Self

    Who is your truest, most authentic self? When you close your eyes, who do you imagine yourself to be? What qualities would you use to describe yourself? How have past experiences shaped you into the person you are today?

    These are just some of the questions you can begin to ask yourself as you walk forward on your personal growth journey.

    But first, what exactly does that mean? “Your personal growth journey.”

    Personal growth entails getting in touch with your inner self and looking into who you truly are: beyond appearances, beyond what’s expected of you, beyond even what you expect of yourself. Who is your most authentic self?

    It also requires you to ask important questions and respond with complete honesty. What does your heart really want? What limiting beliefs are preventing you from going after your dreams? What’s holding you back from living the life that was truly meant for you?

    And as you ask these questions of yourself, you must then go beyond just asking. You must do.

    What self-care practices will help you to align with your best self? Start those today.

    What positive habits will serve and support your mind, body, and spirit? Start adding them into your daily routine this month.

    What does your soul need? Let it in.

    Below, you’ll find 45 personal growth journal prompts to support you in your journey. As you go through these questions, you might find that some may take up pages of writing, while with others, you can answer multiple questions during one journaling session. There’s no right or wrong amount of time or space to use for these questions as long as you feel like you’ve truly connected with your inner self.

    Authenticity is key here. Don’t simply tell yourself what you want to hear; tell yourself what you need to hear. But do so with love and compassion. If you find yourself judging or criticizing yourself for your answers, step back and gently assert that criticism has no place here. Know that you are always, always worthy of compassion, even when writing about perceived imperfections and mistakes you’ve made in the past.

    Know that all experiences have supported your growth and have led you to where you are right now.

    I hope these personal growth journal prompts support you in your journey and help you to align with the person you were always meant to be: the real and true you.

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    Personal Growth Journal Prompts

    • Who is my truest, most authentic self?
    • In what ways am I aligned with my most authentic self in my daily life?
    • What causes me to become misaligned with my most authentic self?
    • What simple daily practices can I do to align with my truest self?
    • How have I grown in the past year?
    • How have I grown in the past five years?
    • What hardships have I experienced that have served my growth?
    • Where do I see myself in one year?
    • Where do I see myself in five years?
    • What weaknesses do I perceive in myself? In what ways could these perceived weaknesses actually be strengths?
    • What makes me feel the happiest? How can I incorporate this joy in my daily life?
    • What would I say to the person I was ten years ago?
    • What would I say to the person I will be ten years from now?
    • Am I able to ask for help and lean on others? Can I trust others?
    • Am I resourceful and able to count on myself? Can I trust myself?
    • Do I consider myself intuitive? Do I trust my intuition when making decisions?
    • How much do I use my logic and reason versus how much do I rely on my intuition and heart? Do I believe one is more important than the other? What’s my ideal balance between these sides of me?
    • When I’m feeling overwhelmed, what practices can I do for myself to feel centered, grounded, and stable?
    • What does my soul need in this moment, and how can I give myself what I need?
    • What limiting beliefs do I possess that keep me from going after my dreams?
    • How can I begin to release these limiting beliefs? Is it worth it for me to try to release them?
    • What does success mean to me?
    • If I could do anything with my life, what would it be?
    • What holds me back from living the life I imagine?
    • How can I cultivate more self-confidence and self-belief?
    • What positive habits do I currently practice in my daily life?
    • What positive habits do I want to add to my daily routine? How can I start adding these habits throughout the next month?
    • Are there any emotions I tend to avoid feeling? Why do I avoid feeling these emotions? What would happen if I allow myself to feel these emotions more often?
    • Am I still holding onto any negative energy from past experiences?
    • How can I begin to gently work through any negative energy I’m holding onto?
    • When I’m working on a project, do I get easily distracted? If so, how can I limit distractions that hinder my productivity?
    • What does anxiety feel like physically, mentally, and emotionally for me?
    • In what types of situations do I often experience anxiety?
    • What practices help me to alleviate anxiety? When I’m experiencing anxiety, what do my mind, body, and spirit need the most?
    • What’s the best compliment I’ve ever been given? Why is this compliment so special to me?
    • What compliment do I wish someone would give me? Can I give this compliment to myself, right now?
    • Am I holding onto any grudges from past experiences? What’s stopping me from releasing these grudges?
    • What does forgiveness mean to me? Am I able to forgive easily?
    • Do I criticize myself often? How does it feel when I criticize myself?
    • What does self-compassion mean to me? Do I have a difficult time showing myself compassion?
    • How can I cultivate more self-compassion in my daily life?
    • What does my self-care routine look like? What do I want my self-care routine to look like?
    • How can I make more space for self-care in my daily life?
    • Why am I always, always deserving of unconditional love?
    • What can I do every single day to show myself the love I deserve?

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    How to Manifest in a Journal (A Complete Guide)

    Looking to discover how you can manifest your dreams using nothing but a pen, paper, and your own imagination? In this post, discover how to manifest in a journal using powerful practices you can do in as little as 10 to 20 minutes a day.

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    Journaling

    I had been journaling for years before I learned about manifestation and the Law of Attraction. My journaling practice began with reading Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and learning about the journaling technique called Morning Pages, which is a practice that allows you to write three stream-of-consciousness journal pages every morning, releasing perfection and allowing your inner flow to take you wherever it may go. I used this technique for several years and still often use it in my morning journaling.

    Later on, I discovered journal prompts, and I found that they offered an opportunity to get in touch with my inner self and explore sides of myself I hadn’t yet uncovered. I also began incorporating affirmations in my journaling, and I’ve often spent many journal pages affirming my worthiness and choosing to view my life from a perspective of gratitude and positivity.

    Intentional manifestation journaling was one of the last journaling methods I discovered, but it has remained a prominent part of my daily practice ever since. From scripting to the 5 x 55 method to affirmations and more (all of which I discuss below), it is rare that I don’t incorporate some type of manifestation practice into my morning routine.

    (And while my journaling has grown and evolved since I first started, one thing that hasn’t changed is that I always release self-criticism and the desire for perfection while I journal. No matter what, I allow my morning journaling to be imperfect and sometimes a little messy, just like me.)

    Before we move forward with how to manifest in a journal, let’s take a step back and talk about manifestation itself. What exactly is manifestation?

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    What is Manifestation?

    Manifestation is the practice of visualizing your dreams and desires and vibrating at the frequency of your desires as if they’ve already come true. Because like attracts like, when you vibrate at the frequency of your desires, you’re attracting the very thing you desire to manifest in your current reality.

    For instance, if you vibrate at the frequency of joy, you attract more joyful experiences to unfold in your daily life. If you vibrate at the frequency of love, you become a magnet for love in all forms. And if you vibrate at the frequency of gratitude and appreciation, you attract more positive people, things, resources, and experiences to be grateful for.

    Now, I should note that the definition I’ve given above describes conscious manifestation. Because the truth is, we manifest all kinds of things into our daily lives, whether it’s conscious or not. And often, we may unconsciously manifest things we don’t actually want because our minds are so preoccupied with doubts, worries, and fears.

    Here’s an example: In October 2019, my partner and I took a week-long vacation in Moab, Utah, the mountain biking capital of the United States. He’s an experienced mountain biker. Me? Not so much. Still, I had been training during the weeks leading up to the trip, so I felt like I could at least handle the beginner trails.

    At the same time, I had also started a new job. Now, if you know anything about healthcare in the United States, you know it can be, well, complicated. My health insurance from the job I had left ended in September, and I had to be in my new job for 90 days before receiving health insurance. That meant I’d be going 3 months without any coverage.

    Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue for me. I’m one of those really obnoxious people who boasts that I never get sick. I’ve never broken a bone, and in fact, the last time I had been in the hospital was when I was eleven . . . due to a biking accident.

    Still, all I had to do during those 90 days was continue to do what I always did: not go to the hospital.

    But once I no longer had health insurance, something changed in my brain. I became obsessed with the fact that I didn’t have health insurance. I worried all the time. And knowing I was about to go on a mountain biking trip? That was the last thing I should be doing, I thought. On the drive into Moab, I remember staring at the steep, red rocks that painted the landscape and envisioning myself falling down them. Not exactly the types of visions you want to have to start off a vacation.

    You can probably guess where I’m going from here. Our first full day in Moab, we’d been riding for hours, and we were almost done when I crashed going down, flipped over my bike, and ended up in the hospital for the first time since I was eleven.

    So as you can see, we truly are manifesting all the time, whether we realize it or not. But there’s magic in this realization, because once you become aware of your power to create your own life, you can begin to manifest exactly the life you want: the life of your dreams.

    How to Manifest in a Journal

    Journaling is one of my favorite manifestation techniques because it allows me to be intentional with what exactly I want to manifest. While it’s easy to fall back into the mode of unconscious manifestation that I wrote about above, journaling allows you get clear about what you want as well as to lift yourself into the vibration of your dreams and desires. I especially like to journal in the morning as I find this allows me to set the foundation for a positive day. There’s something to be said for journaling in the evening, too, though, as it allows you to go to sleep with positive thoughts and feelings circulating through your subconscious brain.

    Below, I list several different types of methods for manifesting using a journal, and I also provide you with instructions on how to get started. I like to incorporate all of these different practices into my daily journaling, and I find it helps to switch it up from time to time!

    While these practices are all different, the following suggestions apply to all:

    • Choose compassion over judgment and authenticity over perfection.
    • Don’t try to edit as you write. Just allow whatever you write to be, even if it’s seemingly imperfect.
    • View this as essential self-care time, and try to minimize distractions if possible.
    • Don’t let the words solely live on the paper. Feel all of the positive emotions of what you want to manifest, and carry these high vibrations with you throughout your day.

    Read below for powerful practices to manifest anything you want using nothing but a pen, paper, and your own thoughts.

    Scripting

    Scripting is one of my favorite manifestation techniques as it allows you to truly embrace your imagination, align with your dreams, and get clear about your intentions.

    So what exactly is scripting?

    Scripting is the act of writing your dreams and desires in a story-like form. It’s similar to visualization, except instead of solely envisioning your dreams in your mind’s eye, you’re using pen and paper to write down what exactly it is that you want to manifest.

    The key to making scripting work is to treat it like you’re writing a story in that you only write in past and present tense, as if every single one of your dreams is happening or has already happened.

    Here’s an example:

    I wake up in a soft bed surrounded by plush pillows and cuddled with the love of my life and our sweet cat burrowed between us. As the sun rises, so does my energy. I feel excited to experience the magic and wonder of this day! I step onto the hardwood floors and tiptoe out the door, carefully shutting the door behind me. As I walk through the house to the kitchen, I feel a sense of awe and gratitude for this beautiful home I get to call my own. It is exactly the home of my dreams: two-story with hardwood floors and giant windows that allow the sunshine to stream through the glass. I take a moment to stand in front of the sliding glass door by the dining room, and I take in the beautiful sights just outside our home.

    In this script, the writer is detailing a typical day in her dream life. As you can see, it’s all written in present tense. Rather than starting with, “In my dream life, I will wake up in a . . .” the writer starts as if this moment is in the here and now.

    And that’s the key to scripting: bringing the future into the present moment. Instead of a distant dream, your desires belong in this moment right now. Everything becomes tangible and real in your current experience.

    Here are a few more secrets to scripting:

    • Don’t just write; feel. As you write about the feelings of love, peace, freedom, and abundance, don’t allow the words to solely exist on the paper; allow them to exist right now in this present moment within you. If you write about a joyful moment, let a smile gently tug at your lips. Feel that joy right now deep within. Feel freedom now. Feel peaceful now. Feel abundant now. Vibrate at the frequency of all your dreams and desires. When you do this, you won’t have to chase the life of your dreams, because all of your desires will be attracted to you.
    • Express gratitude. Gratitude and love are the highest vibrations you can emit. When you express gratitude now as if your dreams have already come true, you’re not only vibrating at a higher frequency, but you’re showing the universe that you have trust and faith that all your beautiful dreams are on their way.
    • Write what feels authentic to you. Do you prefer a small, cozy home over a giant mansion? Would you prefer a life of traveling over staying in one place? Are you dreams filled with quiet moments of peace and tranquility? Whatever you write, make sure it feels authentic and real to you. Just because someone else wants to live in a big mansion overlooking the city doesn’t mean that’s right for you. And if your dreams seem kind of out there and don’t make sense to others, that’s okay! The only thing that matters is that they feel right to you.

    Steps to Begin Scripting

    1. Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed. I think 15 – 20 minutes works well for scripting, but you can take more or less time depending on what works best for you. I like to have a special notebook or journal on-hand for this practice.
    2. Before you start, take a moment to connect with your breath. Take a deep inhale and a long, soulful exhale. Connect with your inner self. What are your dreams? What kind of life do you envision for yourself? What feels true and real to you?
    3. Put pen (or pencil) to paper and begin writing. Envision that you are living a day in your dream life. Write all the details of this day as if it’s happening right now. Remember to use the present tense!
    4. As you write, allow yourself to feel the positive emotions connected to your words and desires. What’s the primary emotions you feel during this ideal day? Joyful? Peaceful? Loving? Abundant? Truly embrace these feelings as you visualize and write.
    5. Express gratitude! Show appreciation for this beautiful life you’ve created. Express gratitude to the universe for supporting you and loving you in your journey. Let the feelings of true appreciation vibrate within.
    6. However you choose to end your scripting entry, carry the positivity with you even after you close your notebook. Let a soft smile lift your lips. Continue to express gratitude throughout your day. Walk through your day feeling the same feelings you felt in your visualization. Know that you are a magnet for all of your dreams and desires.

    Scripting Prompts

    1. Write about a day in your dream life. Where do you wake up? How do you feel as you greet the day? What do you do on this day? Who are you surrounded by? Be as detailed as possible, and remember to express gratitude for all that you have.
    2. Write about your dream vacation. Where are you? Who are you with? What do you do? Write as though you are on this vacation right now, and use all of your senses to describe your experiences.
    3. Write about the phone call that changes your life for the better. Who is on the other end? What do they say? How do you feel? Who do you tell the good news to? How do you celebrate? What does this phone call mean to you, and what does it mean for your future?
    4. Write about the ideal day in your dream job. Where do you work? What do you do during the day? How do you interact with others? Why is this job so perfect for you?
    5. Write about your dream date. Describe the person you’re going out on a date with. Where do you go? What do you do? How’s the conversation between you? How do you feel? Describe what you feel when you look into this person’s eyes and the love that flows within you. Open your heart and let this be the beginning (or continuation) of a beautiful love story.
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    5 x 55 Method

    This another popular way to manifest in a journal and is completely different from the scripting method.

    While scripting involves creating the story of your dream life, the 5 x 55 method focuses on just one sentence.

    One sentence written a total of 275 times.

    Let’s break it down a little further:

    The 5 x 55 method is a manifesting practice in which you narrow down what you wish to manifest to a single sentence or affirmation. Like scripting, this sentence is written in present tense, as if your desire has already occurred. And also like scripting, this method often involves expressing gratitude for your dreams and desires coming true.

    Once you have that sentence, you will write that sentence 55 times for 5 days straight.

    So Day 1, you write your sentence in a journal or notebook 55 times. Day 2, you write that same sentence 55 times again. Day 3, same thing. And Day 4 and Day 5, also the same.

    Here are some examples of the types of sentences you might write for this practice:

    • “I am so grateful for the extra $500 I received this week!”
    • “My heart is filled with so much joy and gratitude for the job offer that fell on my lap this week.”
    • “I feel so happy and grateful for the synchronicities that aligned and brought me together with the love of my life.”

    The key with this practice is to truly feel the emotions you’re expressing in your chosen affirmation. So if your affirmation expresses feelings of joy and abundance, feel those emotions as you’re writing your sentence. Feel deep appreciation for this dream coming true in your reality.

    Another important and often overlooked component of this practice is to carry these feelings within you throughout your day. So if you desire to manifest financial abundance, carry the feelings of abundance and prosperity with you as you walk through this day. You don’t want to simply write down your affirmation 55 times and then forget about it until tomorrow. You want to become the very embodiment of your dreams.

    Steps to Complete the 5 x 55 Method

    1. Choose an affirmation that encompasses what you wish to manifest into your reality. Be specific. For instance, if you wish to manifest money, choose a dollar amount (i.e. $500 or $1,000) that you want to manifest. Be sure to express positive emotions and gratitude in your affirmation.
    2. Find a quiet spot where you can sit uninterrupted for 15 to 20 minutes. If you’re using a notebook, you may want to number the lines beforehand or mark the 55th line so you’ll know when to stop.
    3. Begin writing your affirmation 55 times. As you do this, feel the positive emotions you associate with this manifestation. Feel gratitude and appreciation for this manifestation coming true.
    4. When you’re done, continue throughout your day as if your dreams have all come true! Continue to vibrate at a high frequency.
    5. Repeat this practice for five days straight. Then let it go, feeling at peace knowing your manifestation is already coming true.

    Journal Prompts

    Not sure what to write about? Turn to journal prompts for guidance! A journal prompt is a question or statement designed to help you get in touch with your inner self. Usually, you’ll respond to the prompt in a long-form journal entry.

    I love journal prompts because they often inspire thoughts and ideas I likely wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. For manifestation purposes, journal prompts are often designed to help you align with your intentions, lift your vibrations, express gratitude, and feel all of the positive emotions of your desired manifestation.

    To start with journal prompts, you can check out my post, 10 Journal Prompts to Manifest Your Dream Life.

    I’ve also linked to a few more websites with high-vibe manifestation journal prompts below!

    Steps to Using Journal Prompts for Manifestation

    1. Find a list of manifestation journal prompts that resonate with you. Google and Pinterest will be your best friends here! You can also check out my blog post with journal prompts I linked to above as well as the ones I linked to below. When you find some you want to use, I’d recommend saving them somewhere they’ll be easily accessible when it comes time to journal.
    2. Find a quiet, safe spot where you can journal for fifteen to twenty minutes without distractions. You may choose to take more or less time depending on your preferences.
    3. Choose the journal prompt you want to work with. Now, all you have to do is answer the prompt! Know that there’s no right or wrong way to respond to the journal prompt as long as it feels authentic and true for you. Also, if you find yourself straying from the prompt, that’s okay! You’re not being graded here. If you find that your inner flow is taking you elsewhere, follow it and see where it leads. Finally, set aside self-criticism and self-judgment. No matter what, choose to have compassion and love for yourself during this process.

    Here are a few more journal prompts to help you get started!

    Gratitude

    As I mentioned above, gratitude and love are the highest vibrations you can emit. Your journaling doesn’t have to be specifically manifestation-focused in order to attract your dreams and desires. Instead, you can focus on gratitude, knowing that the more you feel grateful for all that you have, the more wonderful things you attract into your reality to be grateful for.

    Gratitude journaling can take many different forms. You might choose to have a separate journal dedicated to listing things you feel grateful for every morning. You can also free-write journal entries in which you express gratitude throughout your writing.

    Again, journal prompts can be super helpful to help you get started. For inspiration, you can check out my post, 53 Gratitude Journal Prompts to Cultivate Joy Within.

    I won’t list steps here because gratitude journaling can take many different forms, but like other practices, make sure to dedicate enough time to sitting quietly somewhere you won’t be distracted. And again, let yourself feel the positive emotions of what you’re writing. Express sincere appreciation for all that you have and all that’s coming.

    Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be grateful. When you choose to focus on appreciation for all that you have rather than focusing on scarcity and all that’s seemingly going wrong, you invite more beautiful and positive moments into your daily experience.

    Positive Affirmations

    Positive affirmations are present-tense statements that are designed to uplift and encourage while boosting self-belief and supporting your overall wellbeing.

    They’re also a powerful tool in manifestation.

    Why? Because the quickest way to manifest anything into your life is to feel the emotions of your desired manifestation right now.

    Positive affirmations are near-instant vibration raisers. They allow you to feel the positive emotions of your dreams and desires right now in your present-day experience.

    So how do you use positive affirmations to manifest in a journal?

    Decide what it is that you want to manifest. Are you looking to manifest a loving relationship or financial prosperity? Whatever it is that you want to attract, connect with the feeling associated with that manifestation. If you’re looking to manifest love, choose affirmations that connect with the feeling of being unconditionally loved, exactly as you are. If you want to manifest money, choose affirmations that are connected with feelings of freedom and abundance.

    As you sit down to write, focus not just on the words of the affirmations but on the feelings they inspire. Like a gratitude journal, an affirmation journal can take many forms. You may choose to have a separate journal purely dedicated to positive affirmations. (I actually have two journals. In one, I free-write for about twenty minutes every morning. In the other, I write three positive affirmations and three things I’m grateful for.)

    You can also dedicate an entire journal entry solely to positive affirmations. I’ve written positive affirmations for twenty to thirty minutes straight, and when I’m done, I always feel strong, inspired, and empowered.

    If you want, you can also throw in some Future Pacing Affirmations in there. A Future Pacing Affirmation is similar to the type of sentence you created in the 5 x 55 method: it’s an expression of gratitude for your dreams and desires already coming true. Here are some examples:

    • I am a successful entrepreneur making $10,000 a month. Clients are lining up to work with me, and I am continuing to achieve more success every single day.
    • I am married to the love of my life. We live a beautiful, quiet life in the countryside with acres of land and a house large enough to grow our family. My partner loves, protects, and supports me unconditionally. I feel so grateful and lucky every single day to live this life.
    • I am a thriving college graduate. I graduated at the top of my class, and now companies are fighting with each other to hire me. I’m getting six-figure offers and that number is only going up!

    Here are some blog posts to help you get started in using affirmations in your manifestation journal:

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    Manifestation Journals

    Looking for a dedicated manifestation journal to help you get started? Discover 12 of my favorite journals below! For more information on each of these journals, you can check out this post. And don’t forget to check out my 30-day manifestation journal, which gives you the option of typing directly into the digital file or printing and handwriting your journal entries. It’s the perfect resource if you want to get started manifesting your dreams today!


    What are your favorite practices for manifesting in a journal? Have you had success using a journal to manifest your desires? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below!

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