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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We can get in the habit of putting ourselves last. Life happens, something comes up at work, or our partner needs us. When we’re in that position all the time, we end up exhausted, depleted of energy, and burnt out. It’s time to start taking some time for ourselves.
Here’s the challenge
Take 15 minutes a day to journal and self-reflect. Connect with our inner self because something magical happens when we do that.
Here are 30 journal prompts for self-reflection:
1. Something you’re passionate about
Have fun and write something you love. Let it all flow out of you. Connect with your heart and what is important to you.
2. Things that made you smile
Writing about what makes you smile tells you what lights you up. When you’re having a hard day, you can take a look at this and write about something that makes you happy. It’ll turn your day around.
3. Story where you’re the star
We’re all the stars of our own lives, but have you ever written a story where you’re the star? Imagine your dream life and write about it. How does this change the way you think of your life? What changes can you make to make your dreams come true?
4. Write about your beliefs
As you go through life, you’ll faces challenges and pressure. Once you know your beliefs, you can know your values and what principles you want to live by, which will help you when challenges arise.
5. A memory that means something to you
Memories are little nuggets to our souls. We store them for a reason. Reach down inside and determine why you love the memory you wrote down. You’ll learn more about yourself.
6. Your hopes and dreams
What are the things you’d like to see fulfilled? What are the desires and yearnings you’ve had? Often when we reflect on our hopes and dreams for the future, we actually reach those goals and move on, sometimes with little applause. Take time to write your dreams down, and in the future take time to re-read what you wrote. It might surprise you that you reached your dreams you had in the past without recognizing it.
7. A person you admire the most
What are the things you like about this person? Why do you admire this person? Can you bring what you like about them into your own personality?
8. What you love about yourself
We tend to be overly critical of ourselves. Take time to focus on the good qualities you contain and what you love about yourself.
9. The last time you felt happy
Why did you feel happy? Who made you happy?
10. One song that resonates with you
How does this song relate to you? How does it make you feel?
11. What ticks you off
Knowing what you don’t like or what doesn’t ring true to your spirit tells you something about you. After you determine what you don’t like, figure out if you can change your mind about it.
12. Describe your perfect day
If you can plan/orchestrate your perfect day, how would it go? Where would you go? Who would you be with?
13. What people will say at your funeral
What you think people will say at your funeral will tell you how you’ve been living your life. Are those things what you want people to say at your funeral?
14. Characteristics you admire in a person
Pinpointing the characteristics of a person that you like can show you what matters to you in a friendship(s) you’re longing for. Do you have people in your life who have these characteristics?
15. If you had three wishes from a genie
What would you wish for if you had three wishes? Don’t limit yourself.
16. One thing you regret and what you would do if you could change it
Lessons you learn from regrets are priceless. These are lessons that can help you prevent it from happening again
17. A confession
Write it all out. Remember, no one will see this unless you decide to share.
18. Your talents
What makes you unique and what talents do you possess? How are you utilizing your talents in your everyday life, career and/or relationships?
19. A turning point in your life
What events have made a difference in your life? How did that event change your life to where you are now?
20. Your hobby
Write about your hobby and what you enjoy about it.
21. Your insecurities
Why do you have those insecurities and what is the first memory attached to them? What would you say to yourself if you were a friend?
22. A compliment that mattered to you
Compliments can come in different forms. Which compliments have you appreciated lately?
23. How does your best friend describe you?
Try viewing yourself in a third person like your BFF/BF/GF/SO. How would you describe yourself? What are the positive sides of you?
24. A trip you’ve been dying to go on
Where would you want to explore to? How can you get started on this trip happen?
25. The first time you felt loved
Jot down what made you feel loved and why. Do you like compliments more or spending time with someone you love more? Check out The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman to explore more about how you best receive love.
26. A forgiveness letter
Forgiveness is about freeing yourself from being confined in someone else’s prison cell.
27. A letter you would write to your 16-year-old self
What are the things you’d wish your 16-year-old self knew?
28. A letter you would write to your 60-year-old self
What are things you’d like your 60-year-old self to remember from this time of your life?
29. 5 things you’d like to accomplish in the next 5 years
What are the things you want to do with your time in the next 5 years?
30. What you want to be remembered for?
How do you want to be remembered at the end of your life? What emotions do you want others to feel? How do you want to be celebrated? Are you becoming the person you’d like to be?
My hope is that when you write about these topics that you feel connected to yourself and to your soul. You don’t need to do these questions everyday. Do them as consistently as you can, but if you miss a day, that’s okay! Have fun with these topics and really dig deep.
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