When we know who we are, we’re more able to live with intention. These journal questions are meant to help you rediscover who you are right now. Read through, think about them, write or discuss. Come back to the ones that hit you most deeply.
Take just 5 to 10 minutes responding to one of the prompts and fill your emotional cup. The idea with journal prompts I share here is that you can take just one or two prompts and respond to them in a few minutes of downtime. This is a time for you to press the “pause button” to collect your thoughts. Respond through writing, drawing, doodling – it’s about what fills your cup.
Rediscovering Yourself Journal Prompts
Journal about yourself and find your way back to your own heart.
You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself. ~ Anne Lamott
- Name three places that make you feel whole.
- If I looked deep down to the very depths of who I am, I trust that I would find:
- Name 10 activities that make you feel good, and feel like yourself.
- The thing I would most like someone to remember about me is:
- What did you want to do when you were kid? What does that say about who you are now? Is there a part of that you still want?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver, The Summer Day included in House of Light
- Name 10 things that delight you.
- Who in your life makes it most easy to be yourself? What do they do or say that makes you feel like it’s ok to be you?
- What parts of yourself do you regularly hide from others?
- When are you choosing to put on a show and when do you feel like you must put on a show? Do you enjoy this part of interacting with people?
- What would the consequence be if you didn’t put on the show? What do you believe would happen if you showed the world who you truly are?
We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. ~ C. JoyBell
- One of the character traits I really value in people I meet is__________. How do you practice this trait in your own life?
- What does your child do that pushes your buttons very strongly, making it very hard to react in any kind of calm manner? What part of you or your past does your child’s actions remind you of?
- Something about me that I really would like to see my children emulate is:
- What parts of yourself don’t feel compatible with being a parent? What parenting parts of yourself do you hide from the rest of the world?
- What do you wish people just accepted about you?
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
- One thing nobody knows about me is____________. One thing I wish people knew about me is_________.
- When was the first time you were confronted with a part of yourself you didn’t really want to acknowledge?
- What is a quality you have that you fear?
- What parts of yourself are you holding onto that no longer are a true part of who you want to be?
- If confronted with your fears or worries from five years ago, what would you tell yourself?
Want more journal prompts? Get to know yourself further with these journal prompts on Presence and Mindfulness.
My favorite journal supplies
I find I’m more likely to follow up on my journaling practice when I use supplies I truly love. Links are Amazon affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through them I receive a small percentage and you can support my work here at no extra cost to yourself.
- My moleskin notebooks. I love the smooth feel of the paper for writing on. I like the ones with the Kraft Brown covers because I can draw or write a title on the front to let me know what that journal is about. If you prefer one without lines they make blank or quad ruled verions as well.
- Good Pens – I have a few that I use to over and over:
- And since discovering Sketchnotes (Check out this book if you’re a visually oriented person, so helpful!), I also use a Strathmore Sketchbook for day-to-day planning and note-taking. The larger size helps me see plans and add notes all in one place.