Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth

Journaling can be an incredible means to catalog our thoughts and provide a better understanding of ourselves. When we process our experiences through writing, we’re able to cleanse our mental palate and see our emotions, circumstances, and desires with complete coherence.

Unless we journal on a consistent basis though, it can be difficult to know where to begin. If this is the case, perhaps you might first consider what areas of your life you want to explore or grow most in. Whether it be your faith, your finances, your relationships, or your career, there are endless topics you can write about.

Take a look below for a list of 25 prompts to inspire self-reflection and creative growth.

Career & Business

  • What do you consider your greatest professional success? Personal success?
  • What scares you?
  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • What is your personal mission?


  • How do you define love?
  • Write about a person you admire. What qualities do you share with this person?
  • When was the last time you helped someone? What did you do?
  • What persons in your life have been most influential in shaping your character?

Health & Wellbeing

  • When was the last time you cried?
  • What are you grateful for right now?
  • What deeply frustrates you?
  • When do you feel most inspired?

Personal Growth

  • How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
  • What natural gift would you most like to possess?
  • What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
  • What do you think is the most unique thing about you? Do you keep it hidden or let it show?
  • What would your childhood self love about your current self?
  • What do you consider the best year of your life so far, and what made it so great?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • If you were given $1 million that you had to spend on yourself within a year, how would you spend it?


  • What drives your daily behavior? Love? Fear? Obligation?
  • What question would you most like answered?
  • If you had to write the story of your life, what would the major chapters be?
  • What Biblical or literary figure do you most identify with, and why?
  • How do you feel God at work in your life right now?

Do you journal regularly? What prompts would you add?

Amy Cummins

Amy Cummins is a writer and marketing professional based in Los Angeles. She is passionate about creating meaningful dialogue and empowering women through her writing, which has been featured on The Huffington Post, Darling Magazine, Milk & Honey Magazine, among several others.

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