Let's be honest, we love the thought of having a journal, but the actual upkeep is hard to do. I get it, we get busy, tired, and stressed out. It's hard to find time to sit down and write your thoughts down when you could quickly send a text to your best friend, ranting about how a driver flipped you off on the freeway.
However, I found in these past years, journaling can be one of the most therapeutic things. Not only do you write out your thoughts, but you can organize them and think them through. Plus, it is a cool memento to read back on and even show to your kids. I'm sure they would get a kick out of your thoughts at their age.
It's hard to think of something to say each day (or even once a week). So I made a little guide for this summer. 70 journal prompts to help you fill out that journal and finally finish it. Each prompt can be interpreted however you want and styles to your personality and what works for you.
If you accept this challenge, take photos of your progress and share using the hashtag #WriteitREAL. Now, pull out those journals and fancy pens and get writing.
Give 5 goals you have for the summer.
Write about someone you love.
What do you love most about your
life at the moment?
How is this season affecting you?
Write a letter to your future
Write about a bad relationship you’ve
had and what you learned from it.
What is something that you wish
that people still did these days?
What is a quote that you
desperately need to hear? Write it down, add splashes of color, paint, etc.
Pick a flower and tape it in your
journal. Write down anything it reminds you of. A memory, a poem, situation,
What do you wish that people knew
and could understand about you?
Your first love and kiss.
An open letter to someone.
Talk about the last time you’ve
Your summer playlist.
What is one change that you are
making this month?
What is your go-to coffee/tea order?
Brunch or Dinner date?
Would you ever try Bumble or
Tinder, or would you rather have a different story?
What are your thoughts about the
world right now?
Hacks to adulting.
Print out an old photo of a
relative (preferably black and white). Talk about their history.
What is your relationship with God
If you had a career as an actor, what movie would you want to be in? Who would costar in it with you? Who would be the love interest?
Invent a new dessert. Bonus points if you actually make it and post a picture in your journal and NOT on Instagram.
Write a piece of micro fiction
(100 words max) about the worst day of the week.
Design your future wedding. Cut
out photos from Pinterest and design your day.
What is something you wish you had
the guts to say?
If you could only know one phrase
in every language, what would you choose and why?
Do you have any baby names that
are ruined for you because of people? What are they?
What do you want to do? What is
your wildest dream?
Rewrite a scene from a Disney movie.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Why? What does it mean to you?
If you were forced to get a
tattoo right now, what would it be? Do you ever want a tattoo?
Paste a photo of a celebrity you
want to marry and write why (this will be fun to look back on when you have
kids your age!)
What is a day that truly defined
who you are today? (Good or bad)
Favorite quote from a piece of
What kind of flower are you most
like and why?
College roommate horror story?
Craziest college story?
Talk about a romantic interest who
turned out to be awful.
Introvert or extrovert? Why?
The worst job you ever had? What
made it so bad?
One of your most embarrassing
What attribute do you like the
best that God gave you?
What is your greatest fear?
What can you do about that fear? How
can you defeat it?
Makeup or no makeup? Why? How
would you feel if you did the opposite for an entire week?
Morning or night person? Why? What
do you do?
List the thoughts you had in the
What food can you absolutely not
stand? Why? Would you try it again?
What is a charity or campaign that
you are passionate about? Why?
Do you have a homemade family
recipe? Write it down here.
Do you have a favorite recipe?
Write it down here.
Describe a feeling that you have
Talk about your favorite color,
without using the name of the color.
Who is your best friend? Why? What
makes them your best friend?
Are you still friends with your
friends in high school or did you make your true friends in college? Why do you
Look at the news and talk about a
huge event that happened this day and your thoughts on it.
Write down your favorite joke.
What was your first date like?
Do you think you’ll let your kids
have video games and an iPhone when they are younger?
What are some seemingly small things that have the biggest impact on you?
List some things that we should
start doing more often.
Favorite place you have traveled
and why. Tape photos inside.
Favorite story from when you
List things you didn’t actually
need for college.
Where can you get the best tacos
What super weird thing do you like
to do? Why?
What are you most excited for in
this upcoming school year? Why? What goals do you have?