No matter where you are, journaling is an activity that is entirely your own. As long as you have something to write on–a journal, a notebook, a phone, even a napkin–you can hash out your thoughts and find out more about yourself. It doesn’t require much, but it’s one of the best ways to self-reflect. There are journal prompts for almost anything! This post has 50 journal prompts to inspire self-discovery.
Writing in my journal is something that I turn to whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed. Vague, I know. But the writing is cathartic and I’m able to pull my thoughts away from the clouds to really focus on the present. Sometimes, I use a writing prompt to get things flowing. Other times, I choose to lean into creative writing.
These journal prompts are meant to spark your imagination and help you begin to navigate some of the darker parts of yourself.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea–or whatever sparks joy for you–and let’s get started!
Here are 50 journal prompts to inspire self-discovery:
Dreams & Aspirations
1. If you could do anything in the world without failing, what would you do?
2. What is your most vivid dream?
3. If your dreams are a color, what color would they be?
4. Describe your 5 favorite feelings. (These don’t have to be “happy” or “sad,” but can be something as simple as the feeling of curling up in a thick blanket after a long day.)
5. What is something that you wanted to do, but didn’t?
What held you back?
6. How have you already become the person you had hoped to be?
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (Who is in your life? What is the first thing you will do when you wake up in the morning?)
8. How are you pursuing your own happiness?
9. If you could choose to permanently live in one of your dreams, which dream would it be and why?
10. What is a dream that you wish you could revisit?
1. If you could grant 3 wishes, what wishes would you grant and for whom?
2. You are thrown back in time and wake up to find yourself as a Greek god. Which god are you and what is the first thing you will do?
3. You spend 24 hours as a dollar bill. What do you experience in that time?
4. On a fishing trip, you fall into the ocean and you find that you can see and breathe underwater. Where do you go?
5. You are sitting in class/work and three lions walk into the room. The one in the middle locks his golden eyes with yours and shakes his mane. What happens next?
6. You live in a world in which every person has one superpower. At the age of 18, this superpower manifests in the palm of your hand. You are the last of 25 students in your class to stand in the center of the ceremony and hold out your palm. What happens next?
7. You are thrown into a world in which money no longer holds value. Society is built purely on human skill and intellect. Where will you be and why?
8. You buy a new plant to add to your home. One day, your plant begins to sing and speak. It holds a prophecy that will change the world and it claims that you are at the center of it. What does it say?
9. One morning, you awaken to find your home covered in green vines. A little frog sits at the foot of your bed. He opens his mouth and tells you that you have made a dire mistake. What happens next?
10. You have the power to rid the world of one person. Who do you choose? What happens next?
1. What is your most vivid memory?
2. Who are you most thankful for?
3. Describe a time where a stranger made you smile.
4. What is your happiest memory? What made it so happy?
5. Is there something that you wish you could forget? Would forgetting that change you as a person–for better or for worse?
6. If your house is on fire and you could only save one object from your childhood (assuming you’ve already saved all your family, friends, and pets), what would you take?
7. If you could live in the world of one of your favorite childhood movies or cartoons, which world would you choose and why?
8. If you could go back in time and fix one mistake you made, what would you do? What are the consequences of that?
9. What is something that you always wanted to know as a child, but now you wish you didn’t?
10. If you could go back and have a one-hour conversation with your 10-year-old self, what would you say and why?
1. What is your worst nightmare? How can you overcome it?
2. What is keeping you from taking a risk that you’ve always wanted to take?
3. Do you have a favorite nightmare? What makes it a favorite?
4. You are falling. Where did you come from and where are you going?
5. What is one thing you are afraid that people will know about you?
6. What is the origin of your biggest fear? How can you change your relationship with it?
7. What keeps you safe? How can you create a safe space for yourself?
8. Is fear rational or irrational?
9. If your fear is a color, what color would it be? Why?
10. Is your identity tied to success and money? Why? How can you severe that tie?
Slice of Life
1. What are the feelings that you are experiencing right now?
2. Describe your 5 favorite sounds.
3. Take a moment and listen to your surroundings. What do you hear?
4. What made you laugh today?
5. What is one thing that you want to add to your everyday routine, but haven’t yet? What’s holding you back?
6. What is something that you’ve accomplished today that you’re proud of?
7. What is something that you want to learn how to do? What steps will you take to accomplish that?
8. What is your favorite part of your everyday life? Why do you look forward to it?
9. What does comfort mean to you? Are you able to grow when you are comfortable, and how so?
10. How do you take care of yourself? What is something you can do better to care of your wellbeing?
I hope you’ve found these journal prompts to be thought-provoking. Hopefully, they’ll help you learn more about yourself. Remember, comfort and growth don’t always coexist. Try out a prompt that seems a bit hard and see where it takes you!