How to Journal + 30 Journaling Prompts for Self Discovery

How to Journal + 30 Journaling Prompts for Self Discovery

Hi everyone. Welcome back to Lavendaire. A couple weeks ago I made a video sharing my journal collection, and I got a
lot of questions like, “How do I journal?” or “What do I journal about?” Today I wanted to share different ideas on
different ways you can journal. And also: I created this PDF list that you
can download and print out, with 30 questions for self discovery. These are essentially 30 journaling prompts you can use to guide yourself along in your
journaling to help you find yourself and discover yourself a little more. And I think a lot of journaling is asking
the right questions, asking quality questions, so then you can
respond and flow out what is really inside you. Before I begin, I have to say that there are
no rules to journaling. You can really do it however you want. It’s so open to any creative possibility. It’s really just a relationship between you, a pen, and paper. So for me, journaling is a way for me to spill
my thoughts, kind of capture my thoughts and see what it
is on paper, and also a way to organize my thoughts. I’ll start with morning pages. Morning pages is something that I’ve shared
so many times on my channel before, but what it is: it’s
three pages of stream of consciousness writing in the morning. I use a composition notebook. I’ll do three pages like 1, 2, 3. And I don’t always write three pages. I don’t always write every morning either, but it’s just a system that helps you brain
dump in the morning. Stream of consciousness just means that you
just flow from your thoughts onto paper. You don’t analyze what you’re writing. You just flow. It doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to be complete sentences. You just literally don’t filter yourself and
just go. That’s my favorite way to write: just flow. And that’s what I’ve gotten used to, just flowing, flowing, flowing, not really
making it look perfect or try to make sense. Morning pages comes from a book called “The
Artist’s Way”, and if you’re interested, definitely read that book. But for me, I don’t necessarily write every
morning anymore and I don’t always do three pages. Sometimes I do one or two, sometimes I even
do more. It really just depends on how I feel. But I like to consistently write stream of
consciousness, whether it’s morning, evening, or night, just
all the time. At least like a few times a week, I have to just brain dump. Outside of morning pages, I also like to journal
in the evenings before I go to bed. This is because I always have a lot on my
mind and I like to get the thoughts out before I go to sleep, otherwise I might not
be able to fall asleep. If I’m feeling emotionally stirred up inside, whether it’s
in a good way or a bad way or whatever, I like to just put that down on paper so that
I can get it out of my system in a sense. And also, if I’m confused or if I feel stuck
or lost, that’s when I like to journal as well because I feel like I work through my problems
through journaling. Usually I start with asking myself: how do
I feel at the moment? Or something will be on my mind that will come out. So a lot of this journaling is just assessing
my mind, assessing my life, evaluating what I’m going
through, and even spending time dreaming, envisioning what I want in the future. I’ll also journal things that I’m grateful
for, things that I appreciate in my life right
now, what’s going right in my life. My goal when I journal is just to be as honest
and authentic as possible. I try not to filter anything, but at the same
time I always do try to see a positive side to things. So if I ever start off journaling in a bad
mood or if I’m sad about something or mad, whatever, I’ll go through it. I’ll face it. I’ll be honest about it. And then at the end, I’ll be like, “What’s on the brighter side? What’s the positive? What am I grateful for out of the situation?” So I always try to shine that positivity on
whatever I’m going through because I realize that yes, I want to be honest and authentic when
I’m journaling, but–I don’t know if you’ve ever heard–thoughts become things. So your thoughts become your words and your words become your actions. I realize the power that thoughts and words have on shaping your reality, shaping your
perception. So I always keep that in mind. I never let myself spiral into negativity
because that is also possible as well. Always understand that, you know, your thoughts
are powerful. Be honest with yourself, write down what you feel. But also: always try to keep love and light
at the center of everything. Another way to journal that’s been really
effective for me in the past is to write a letter to someone. And this is a letter that you do not expect
them to read. You’re not going to send this letter. This letter is for yourself. So if you’ve ever had a grudge against someone, if you’ve ever felt mad at someone, or if
someone’s ever hurt you really badly, it’s so, so effective to write a letter of
forgiveness to that person. So I know some of you might be like, “Ugh, I don’t want to forgive
them. Why do I have to be nice?” But honestly, forgiveness is so key to being
happy because when you’ve been hurt or if you’re angry with someone, whatever,
that’s some negative–what’s that word– negative baggage and burdens that you’re holding
in your heart. So if you can be able to let that go and forgive that person (even
if they don’t deserve to be forgiven), forgive them anyway because it makes you feel
better. Try writing a letter to that person, a letter of forgiveness. That’s something I’ve done maybe a couple
times in the past, and it’s really emotional. Trust me. Try it and hopefully that can help you work
through that pain and be able to heal and learn to
forgive. Another way I like to journal is to just organize
my thoughts on paper because in here, my thoughts are so messy. I can’t really tell what’s in there. So putting it out on paper, organizing, planning my career, planning my
goals, planning songs to write, planning my branding for my YouTube and my
website, everything that I want to plan, everything that I want to do, I have to physically
write it down and organize it visually in some way. There are so many different ways you can visualize,
maybe with graphs, bullet points, diagrams. For example: this is a notebook I forgot to
show in my journaling collection video. But in here, I just have a lot of business
ideas, designs for an app that I wanted to build. This is a mindmap of everything I wanted to include in Lavendaire, kind of
all the moving parts of an online business. It’s really helpful for me to put all these
ideas and organize them on paper, otherwise I just don’t recognize them in my
head. Another fun way is to scrapbook as you journal,
just journaling your life and adding kind of mementos from whatever’s
going on, whether you go to a concert, you keep a ticket stub and tape it into your
journal. Or someone wrote you a letter that you really like and you keep that in
your journal. I think that’s a really great way to capture your memories, especially if you’re
traveling or you’re going through a very interesting time in your life, who
knows. This is the journal I kept when I was studying
abroad in Italy. But nowadays, I don’t really journal like this anymore. I think it takes a little bit more effort. The way that I capture and record my memories
is I do it digitally through my phone. I use an app called Day One where every day
I’ll write a post just summarizing key things I did that day because I have such bad memory. I will forget what I did yesterday, if I don’t write it down. With those daily entries, I’ll also upload
a couple photos I took that day. So it’s a really nice way to visually look
back on my life and see a photo a day. That’s how I record my memories now and with
my journals, that’s kind of just how I access my mind,
whatever’s going on up there. So if you ever feel lost or stuck or you don’t
know what to journal about, maybe you’re uninspired, I’ve created a list
of thirty questions you can ask yourself, thirty questions to help you dig deeper and
get to know yourself on a deeper level. And these are essentially journaling prompts
that, when you don’t know what to write about, you can look at a question and be like, “Okay,
let me answer this question,” because like I said, it’s all about the quality
of your questions, the quality of what you ask yourself, and then you’ll get quality
answers. I made two versions of this, depending on
what you prefer. There’s a PDF you can download and print out, and then there’s a graphic
that’s on my blog that you can save and pin on Pinterest. So everything is down below. By the way, I’m trying to level up my Pinterest, so it’d mean a lot to me if you could just
follow my Pinterest or check out this graphic. If you like it, then just pin it so you can
share the love. So yeah, I hope this PDF and these journaling
prompts can help you in your journey to get clear about yourself, what you want,
where you’re going, and all that good stuff. Let me know what you think, let me know if
you have other questions or other resources or ideas that you are interested in. I’d love to help you in whatever way that
I can. Alright, thank you so much for watching. Love you all, and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

100 thoughts on “How to Journal + 30 Journaling Prompts for Self Discovery

  1. Here are the timestamps for this video 🙂 Check out my full JOURNALING PLAYLIST HERE →

    1:14 – Morning Pages
    2:30 – Journaling to self
    4:42 – Write a letter
    5:55 – Organize your thoughts visually
    6:57 – Scrapbooking + journaling
    7:33 – Digital journaling

    Happy journaling!

  2. Love your videos! So inspiring! Gonna start journaling and hope it helps me to grow as a person. Keep inspiring, Aileen!

  3. thank you so much i looked through a million vids and this vid actually helped me alot thank u so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. hello everyone! your video is very inspiring and motivating for me, some days ago i firstly heard about journaling and i think it's a very good thing and i'm going to try it. At the moment i have many up's and down's and weird minds in my head, and maybe journaling can help me. ( i'm from Austria sorry for my bad English 😀 )

  5. OMG I am addicted to your videos so bad hahah.I am so glad to find your channel in this moment of my life.Here are the years that I should be so motivated and try so hard 🙂 thanks alot lavandair :*

  6. I can´t get over how beautiful you are. You are very inspiring, Keep on your amazing work!! Greetings from a German Girl, xxx

  7. Wow you are so inspiring! This video helped a lot ♡. Also i really liked your iPhone home screen wallpaper do u think u can link it?

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    فقط ضغطت على زر الاشتراك لا ارادياو احببت لهجتك جدا
    بالتوفيق. ❤

  9. I love writing my thoughts down as a poem. I have a problem with ripping my pages out if I don't like how it looks or sounds and whenever I write it down as a poem, I'm just satisfied with it.

  10. Thank you for making this video. I’ve been searching video of journaling for hours this afternoon. Every video about journal on YouTube that I have watched just stressed me out, that there’s a pressure of how your journal should look like. Like I have to journal in certain way and faking it to be a very perfect colourful or creative journal. But your journals just made me feel so relief that make me feel like I’m okay with what every way I do my journal and make me feel ok to be honest!

  11. I love that you allow yourself to be authentic but then end with asking yourself shifting questions, like what is the brighter side? that's so powerful!

  12. Love this video. You're giving us insight and inspiration..thanks for sharing an advice that is uplifting…more blessings for you and your viewers.

  13. I sometimes journal like a therapist session. Its hard to explain but i basically describe my problems and respond and ask questions as someone outside the situation

  14. I love these journaling prompts…I have some different prompts that I've discovered help me so much –

  15. I’ve been journaling since I was 9-10 cuz I got inspired by that children’s book “Amelia’s diary” I think it was or something like that. Nd I am now 27 and lemme Tell you, I have been able to release hidden subconscious emotions that were causing me not only pain in my life without knowing it but physical pains in my body… journaling is true self healing.

  16. I am kind of bummed out because I don’t have enough money to buy so much journals and I’m not as creative as I’d like to be although I have other strengths…

  17. In a world full of amazingly decorated daily journal ideas, here is what I found in your channel – Simplicity at its best!!!
    I don't even have a count of how many pages I've written so far in my life, because that's my life and writing is profession… however, this whole journaling concept is so apt, yet I kind of felt a pressure to have a perfect one for myself. Well.. you have an answer to it! I don't need my journal to look beautiful, or decorative… it's just have to reflect ME!
    Thanks for making this video.. I don't feel lost anymore 😀 <3

  18. Thanks for this video was great, I just got myself a beautiful journal and want to start again

  19. I love you, I like you, I miss you.
    Great I loved all your videos
    You are welcome in my life
    Thankyou I met you .


  20. But i can't forgive him. It's like 4 years ago and I still start to cry when I think about it. Feels like he destroyed me in a way

  21. I use to do this but then i stop. Watching your video makes me want to continue journaling. Thank you for inspiring me to write again.

  22. She's so positive she makes me feel better and gives me hope that i can still explain my self by writing a letter when no one wants to listen….😭😭😭😭😭😭I just let out the pain by doing that

  23. Hi lavendaire I m feeling very numb and stuck. Don't know wt I m thinking or feeling. May b I don't hv much thought. Will stream of consciousness help plz guide

  24. I have a bad memory too. I might remember that something happened, but I probably won't remember when it happened or will get it mixed up with some other event. I have tried using journaling apps to keep track, I really have, but I just end up forgetting to write in it. It's frustrating… I've also tried the notebook version, but I use it for two days and then forget it exists. Do you have any tips for that?

  25. I've never really tried journaling. I'm really open to the idea especially after this video and think that im going to start doing it. I feel like it will be very beneficial for keeping yourself in a good mindset. Thank you for opening up to us about your experience !

  26. I think like a thousand times faster then I can write, two words written down equals another thousand thoughts 😾

  27. Spanish subtitles are available! Click "CC" and check the video settings. Thank you to the contributor listed in the description 💕

  28. Those 30 Questiones is soo good Aileen and i was surprised about my answers ❤it's better now thank you ❤

  29. I really dislike this idea that ” forgiveness makes you feel better “ sometimes it just doesn’t..

  30. Thanks for the video! Awesome summary of the benefits of this practice.

    Journaling didn't seem natural at all to me, but I recently gave it a try and my life changed in so multiple ways. A few weeks after I started journaling, I looked into journaling apps and found out about Journey, which counts with web, desktop, and mobile versions. It has a clean interface and portrays many features to make the journaling experience more dynamic, like adding pictures, links, and other items.

    If you are interested in getting to know it, check:
    Different than other journaling apps, you may use it for free with all the basic features. And if you want to dive seriously in it, pay less than $3/month for a membership. Just a cup of coffee that will light up your whole month.

  31. This may make me sound cold but what if it makes me more upset to try and forgive the person or people that have done me wrong? I feel like I am giving them the upper hand if I let my feelings go. Mind you, I’m 23 and the things that happened were a VERY long time ago. I was bullied so badly during my elementary and jr high years to the point where I was going to commit suicide. I’m still so traumatized even after 10+ years and at times when I sit and think about what happened back then I get this rage and regret feeling inside of me and blame myself for not standing up for myself when I had the chance. So basically I’m just wondering if the journaling forgiveness letter has helped anyone in a similar situation?

  32. do you have different journals for different topics forgiveness, planning, etc.) or do you go through one at a time

  33. Watching your video filled me with positivity. Thank you for sharing how doing brain dump helps clear the mind. That was my take away from this one. Also, downloaded day one app as I was watching the video:) cheers!

  34. My earliest recollection of anything that might be called journalling is of writing my own devotions when I was still in elementary school. A bit later, maybe in high school, I had a dream that seemed particularly odd, so I wrote it down. For years after that I kept a dream journal, and I frequently still write down dreams that are especially vivid and meaningful.

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