13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts

Last week I was checking in on the message boards at Two Peas and read a thread from someone who was looking for some everyday life journaling prompts. I immediately started thinking of some of my favorites and started writing.

Above are 13 journaling prompts/thought starters for telling the stories of your daily life. My hope is that you take these ideas and run with them - go tell some of those wonderfully basic stories. Words are powerful and there's no better time then right now. You can download a PDF of this list below:

Download the 13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts PDF here.


PS | Go read Shimelle's blog today.

60 thoughts shared

  1. Barb in AK

    2011-06-01 03:17:08 -0400

    FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing these prompts! I know I can use 'em :-)

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  2. scrappysue

    2011-06-01 05:52:59 -0400

    Thanks so much Ali, these are wonderful. I'm pretty good at photographing the small details, but journalling never comes easy!

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
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  4. debbi g

    2011-06-01 09:53:55 -0400

    Excellent!! Thank you Ali!

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  5. telisj

    2011-06-01 20:12:37 -0400

    You are AWESOME for doing this Ali! You have the best, most inspiring and most motivating blog out there today! Thank you!

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  6. Cloudy

    2011-06-01 21:09:08 -0400

    Thank you soooooooooo much for these prompts. I add so much memorabilia and forget to add my own words to our story. I never know where to start and now I have a guide. Thank you:)

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  7. Miami Momma

    2011-06-02 09:41:43 -0400

    Thank you so much!! as a newbie to scrapping, I love how you incorporate journaling. Love the use of text, numbers, letters. These prompts really gave me a lot to think about. Instead of trying to glamorize our everyday lives, "why don't we appreciate what's right in front of us, as messy and delicious as it is?"
    -Thanks for keeping us FOCUSED on what really matters ;)

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  8. Crystal

    2011-06-02 10:17:56 -0400

    Ali, thank you for these. I just used one yesterday to document the moment that I picked my daughter up from school. As she ran to her classroom door to greet me, I realized she had on the same shorts which meant she had no accidents at school. Such an accomplishment for both of us and an awesome opportunity to document the everyday stuff. Thanks for all the inspiration everyday!

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  9. Phaedra

    2011-06-02 15:58:45 -0400

    Ali, you rock every week, but this week? You are reading my mind! First the 'everyday' prompts that I was needing (as I was just thinking 'hmmm, I need to jumpstart with something, but what?') and now I see that you've posted about baby albums & that is my next project. I've done about half of my daughter's baby album (um- oops she's almost 6! I'm so glad you said it's ok with you that albums sit for a while..) and have been gathering up things to continue on with it. Luckily I did keep odds & ends, wrote in a journal and have lots of photos for her album- all is not lost! I'm so motivated right now. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide! *have a great camping trip, too!

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  10. rkokes

    2011-06-03 19:26:32 -0400

    thank you for posting this!!! gives me some great ideas!!!

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  11. Margaret

    2011-06-04 20:18:40 -0400

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I just started a new journal/scrapbook/list holder and these will definitely come in handy and hopefully help me at least jot down a little something every day :)

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  12. Christina

    2011-06-09 21:02:03 -0400

    I am confused by the copyright mark on the post. When I scrapbook a layout and if I get inspiration from here, do I have to credit you in the layout? thanks for clarifying.

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  13. Cindy Groh

    2011-06-13 13:20:38 -0400

    Thank you for this lovely list.

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  14. Abigail

    2011-06-15 13:27:41 -0400

    I love you're website. Thanks for the tips :)

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
  15. Miss Niki

    2011-06-22 17:23:09 -0400

    You are awesome! I admire that you share with the memory keeping world! I am always impressed by the level at which you think about information and can transform it into meaningful uses for you and all of us:)

    * edited 08/11/14 07:25AM
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