52 Words to Shape Your “New Year” Journal Prompts

journalingI saw this list of words that one could use to write about in their journal, which could enhance one’s thinking or some part of our lives.

They are words frequently appearing in reading, conversations, or our thoughts, and playing with these prompts could create a stronger meaning in our lives.

Read the small journal prompts for each word, and decide which words are meaningful for you to write about.



Love isn’t just about romance. It involves all kinds of relationships. How can you show love to family, friends, colleagues, strangers, and neighbors? Remember, when it comes to love, that means loving yourself too. What things can you do every day to show yourself, love?


How do you find grace in your life? And what happens when you don’t have grace in your life? There comes a time when someone, whether it’s someone close to you or a stranger, hurts you somehow. How can you show grace to those who have hurt you?


What role has faith played in your life, and how has it changed or evolved over the years? What helps keep your faith strong & how would you inspire others struggling with their faith?


Life has a way of throwing curveballs – you know, that whole life on life’s terms saying – how do you maintain hope in those different situations? Who or what inspires you to keep hoping for the best?


Think about the last time you felt complete peace in your life. Where were you? What were you doing? Do you believe that everyone can achieve inner peace? If not, why do you think some people find it difficult to achieve it?


When you think about joy, what does it mean to you? What are some of the best ways to cultivate joy in your life?


Define what power means to you. Now think about some challenges you’ve faced – how did you tap into your personal power to overcome them? What do you do when you don’t feel powerful? How can you tap back into that power you used in the above situation(s)?


How do you know if you’re on the rise? What are some telltale signs? Do you think there are any dangers of being on the rise? If so, what are they, and how can you avoid them?


You don’t have to make a lot of money to be able to give. Giving can also include your time and your talents. So, what do you think is the best way to give – time, money? Or does it matter?  How do you find the right opportunities to give financially? How about giving of your time?


A Growth Mindset serves the concept that you are always growing and changing. (I am discovering myself & creating my life newly every day!) How has your personal experience with this played into your work? Life? Relationships?  What challenges have you faced while trying to grow?


When you think of the word spark, what does it mean to you? And how do you know when you’ve found your spark? How do you approach life when your spark is gone?


Think about a time you felt bold. What made you feel bold and why? Bold people aren’t afraid to try new things. What’s something you want to try but haven’t? Now plan for when you’re going to try it.


We all possess power and strength (characteristics of being mighty) – what’s your mighty story (for example, Sara had to use her inner power & strength to fight cancer)?

Think about a time in your life when you felt mighty. How did it make you feel? Can you tap into those feelings the next time you need to muster up some of that mightiness?


What does that mean to you if you think of something that is shining in life? What does it look like? Are there any specific techniques or strategies you can use to shine in life? And how do you know when you’re shining?


Think about a specific time or situation where you saw or felt someone’s inner glow. What was it about them that made you feel this way?  Do you feel like you have an inner glow? Why or why not?


What is bliss to you, and what is the most blissful moment you’ve ever experienced? Why was that a blissful moment? How can you find and maintain bliss?


Belief means accepting something as true or feeling sure of the truth. What is something you were taught to believe that no longer serves you?  Why do you think it’s important to believe in something?


What are some simple ways to bring more delight into your everyday life?  How can you spread delight to others?


What do you believe is the key to happiness? And do you believe that happiness is something that can be learned?  What are your tips for being happy?


Do you think a genius is born that way or made, and do you think anybody can be a genius?  How can you unlock your inner genius?


What qualities do you most admire in others? Yourself? Why?  What do you think is the best way to show admiration for others?


What does calm look like to you?  When do you find yourself struggling to stay calm? What are some techniques you can use in these moments?


Can you share a time when you made a choice that positively impacted your life? What about a time when a choice had a negative impact?  How do you know which path to take when faced with a difficult choice?


Looking at something in your life that feels difficult, what would make it easy?  Is there something you find easy that others find hard?


What are some of your favorite activities to do for fun? What’s your favorite memory of having fun?  How do you make sure that you have enough fun in your life?


How do you manage your energy throughout the day? Are there any foods or drinks that help boost your energy levels?  When around others, do their energy affect you? If so, how do you deal with people who have “high” or “low” energy?


Free means different things to different people. What does it look like to you when you think of free – being free, freedom of speech, etc.?  Do you think there’s anything that holds you back from being truly free?


What does it mean to be genuine?  How do you know when you’re being genuine?


How do you stay fresh and inspired?  The New Year is often a fresh start, a blank slate. What are you most looking forward to, as your fresh start, in the New year?


Do you feel like you’re in the flow of life right now? What, if anything, do you need to let go of to get there?  Being in a ‘flow state’ carries a feeling of engagement in a project, almost like time is standing still for you. When was the last time you had that sensation in your work?


Ideas are plentiful. How do you know when an idea is worth pursuing? What made that such a great idea (worth pursuing)? What are some of your favorite ideas (yours or others’) that have changed the lives of others?


If you could invent anything, what would it be and why?  What do you think is the most important invention of our time?


Imagine that your life is a blank canvas. How would you paint it? What does it feel like to imagine your life differently?  Imagine your best possible self. What does she look like? Act like?


What does it mean to know oneself & how do you go about knowing yourself?  What is the most important thing for people to know about you? Why?


Laughter is a mood booster. The next time you find yourself in a funk, laughter may be just the pick-me-up you need. So, what makes you laugh? Keep that in mind the next time you need a quick mood booster!  What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you that made you laugh at yourself?


Do you believe some people are luckier than others? Why?  Do you think that luck is something that can be controlled, or is it just a matter of chance?


Nurture is the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something. How can you better nurture yourself? Others?  Can you recall a personal story about how nurture has positively affected your life?


Do you think of yourself as open (open to suggestions, feedback, criticism, etc.)? If yes, how does this positively affect your life? If not, how does it negatively affect your life?  Think about some hard topics (racism, politics, etc.) – are you open to listening to others even if they have different views? Have you ever had a change of heart, about something, because of listening to someone else’s views?


Are there any pleasures you’ve been denied (by others or yourself), and how has that affected you?  What would be your advice for someone (or yourself) seeking more pleasure in their life?


What motivates you to keep making progress? And why do you think it’s important always to be moving forward?  What do you do when it feels like you’re not progressing?


Are you ready for anything that comes your way? And what does that mean to you?  What will it take for you to be ready?


One definition of real is behaving or presenting in a way that feels true, honest, or familiar without pretension or affectation. Are you showing up in life as the real you?  Why do you think it’s important to stay connected to what’s real for you?


What is your initial reaction when you receive something positive (gifts, compliments, etc.)? Why do you think you react that way?  How do you react when you receive something negative (feedback, comments, etc.) in this type of situation? Why?


What are the benefits of restoring your mind, body, and spirit?  What are your favorite methods for restoring yourself after a long day?


What is the most overwhelming item on your to-do list right now? What one decision could you make to simplify the task?  Gifts do not have to be expensive or complex to express a thoughtful sentiment. What simple gift would someone dear to you appreciate today?


What does it mean to have a soulful life? How do you know when you’re living a soulful life?


If you could go back to a younger version of yourself, what advice for thriving in life would you give yourself?  Think of someone (or yourself) who has encountered difficult circumstances but still thrived. What key reasons they (or you) could thrive despite the circumstances?


What do you think makes a thrill seeker feel alive during adrenaline rushes?  What’s the most thrilling experience you’ve ever had? What made it a thrill?


When you think about someone you truly trust, what has contributed most to that?  Knowing your thoughts, likes, and dislikes – and permitting yourself to choose is everything. Do you trust yourself to choose?


Do you think setbacks are a necessary part of the journey to victory?  What’s the best way to celebrate a personal victory?


Think about the story you tell yourself about wealth/being wealthy. Do you think there’s anything wrong with being wealthy? Why / why not? Do you think it’s easier or harder to be wealthy? Why?


Think about your life for a minute. What would it take to be truly happy and fulfilled with your life? Are you willing to put in the work? If you’re not willing to change but know you want to, what can you do today to help you become more willing tomorrow?

Your Thoughts

Words are powerful and how we use them and what they mean to us are part of our perspective on life. Does writing about the words that resonate with you give you more clarity?

Women’s Group Topic

Discuss these words and share what words are most meaningful for you.   You could also add words that are meaningful for you.

Be well,

“To fully enjoy the ‘richness’ of our lives, we need to stop long enough to visit with ourselves.”
(Pat Brill)

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