I am super excited about a new digital download I’m offering! 31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start launched on Sunday, and I’m very hopeful about what it can do for you.
31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start is a PDF that you can print out and complete at your leisure. Journal one prompt a day for a month. Do a couple a day for a couple of weeks. Take a weekend and answer them all. This was created for you to use as it best suits you.
What is 31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start?
It is exactly what it sounds like: 31 journaling prompts to give you a fresh start.
There are 31 questions that will encourage you to think about your past, present, and future. They will encourage you to think about what you want to do, who you want to be, and who you want to surround yourself with. How do you want to help others? How do you want to spend your free time? How do you want to grow as a person?
With a full page to journal your responses (and you can always grab some extra paper and keep going!), you can go really deep to find your answers.
Through these prompts, you can explore and create new paths and possibilities for your life. You could even reinvent yourself with the answers to these prompts.
Think that sounds like too big a promise? I get that, but it’s not. You don’t have to reinvent yourself, of course. But when you go through these prompts, you’ll find that some of them encourage you to think outside the box. And when you think outside the box, it’s not a leap to realize that who you are and who you want to be is not the same person at all.
Why a fresh start?
I always like to reflect on my life at the start of a new calendar year. To think about where I’ve been, where I’m heading, and what I want to do. Of course, most people feel that way. And a brand new calendar year is a good time to do that.
But there are plenty of other times you might want a fresh start. Maybe you’ve:
- Changed careers
- Gotten out of a relationship
- Become an empty nester
- Moved across the state, the country, or the world
- Lost a close friend or relative
- Simply decided it’s time to start over and shake things up
Whatever your reason, a fresh start is usually rejuvenating and exciting. It’s an opportunity to do a factory reset on your life – or just go through everything and get rid of what’s not working and bring in what might work.
Without direction, though, a fresh start can end up going in a circle and guiding you back to essentially the same place you started from. That’s why journaling can be so helpful. It allows you to get all your thoughts, ideas, plans and intentions on paper so you can sort through them and weed out the important from the not-so-important. You can refine your thoughts, ideas, plans, and intentions into precise, pure clarity that allows you to actually follow through on them.
Why get 31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start?
You don’t have to, of course. But when you’re a busy mom, it can be difficult to create new habits that are just for you. You might struggle to find time to sit down and journal. You might find that when you sit down to try, you come up empty for what to write about – especially if you’re trying to fit your journaling session in between homework and soccer practice or dinner and baths.
31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start does half the work for you. It provides you with the questions you’ll explore in each journaling session. All you have to do is write down what comes to mind. This allows you to fit it in any time and anywhere.
The prompts also explore areas of life that you might not think to journal about on your own – like books to read, people to meet, and even a word for the next 365 days. This allows you to go deeper, digging into areas you might not even have considered but that might open up an entirely new world to you.
It’s good for any time of year
The wonderful thing about a fresh start is that there are no rules on when you can have them – or how many of them you get. In reality, every day is a fresh start. But you can start over as many times as you like. You can start over in January with a fresh calendar year. You can start over in June when you move from California to North Carolina. You can start over in October when your divorce is final or you’ve met a new significant other that feels like they might be “the one.”
Questions about the year ahead apply no matter what time of year it is. You’re not bound by the calendar unless you want to be. Starting over is a chance to look ahead to the next 365 days and decide what you intend to do with them. You could even change the wording of the prompts slightly to allow you to look ahead two years, five years, or even 10-20 years, if that’s what you wanted to do.
How to use it
As I said at the beginning of this post, you can complete 31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start however you choose. Do them one at a time, do a few at a time, do them all over a couple of days – whatever works for you.
One thing I would like to recommend? Meditating on each prompt before you journal on it.
When it comes to a fresh start, it’s easy to fall back into old patterns and familiar comfort zones. They’re where we’ve been living for however long, and getting out of them can be a bit of a struggle. This means that sometimes, the first thoughts that come to mind on a prompt might be more of the same stuff you’ve always done.
And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Even in a fresh start, there are things that you may not want to change. You may be quite content with aspects of your life exactly as they are, and those are ones that you should keep.
But when you do want to change something, the key is to get beyond the initial “same old, same old” thinking. When you meditate on a prompt, you give your mind the peaceful quiet it needs to go beyond the thought loop that’s always been there and find those new, deeper thoughts that can help you break free of the life you’ve been living and get that truly fresh start you’re seeking.
So my recommendation is that you choose your journaling prompt for the day (or the moment), and spend 10-15 minutes meditating on it. After you meditate, start journaling. You might write down things that came up during the meditation. Or the meditation may have cleared your mind and you’ll write your thoughts in the moment as they come to you. Again, neither one is wrong.
A journaling practice is beneficial however you do it
Even if you don’t buy 31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start, a journaling practice is still beneficial. Just on a day to day basis, being able to clear your mind and put thoughts on paper can help lower your stress levels and bring insight to your life. And when you’re seeking a fresh start, your journaling practice can help you sort things out, purge thoughts and feelings that aren’t helping you, and find the new direction you want to move in.
Get started today, on your own or with 31 Journaling Prompts For a Fresh Start. I think you’ll find that your life feels so much more open and free with a journaling practice.