Welcome back, journalers! I am so glad you’re here. Journaling is a practice in my own life that has helped my find clarity, peace, and growth. I hope to share that with you here in a way that makes it simple, sustainable, and enjoyable. These January journal prompts and journaling printables were made with love (and a little help from the universe!), and will guide you through the month and help you start or grow your own journaling practice.
January is a beautiful time of year for journaling. We are often looking for ways to improve our lives during January, and journaling can help you no matter what aspect of your life you’re trying to improve.
You can find previous month’s prompts here (you can do any of these prompts at any time…some prompts have a seasonal feel to them, but they will translate well to any month):
January Journal Prompts
I have provided 31 prompts – one for each day of the month. You can go through the list in order, mix it all up, or skip the prompts entirely that don’t interest you. You may find that one prompt really resonates with you and want to journal on that for several days, or even for the entire month. Remember that journaling is very personal and that there is no “formula” for doing it right. Most of my own journaling involves just writing out my thoughts and feelings based on things I was feeling, something I experienced, or something that I needed to work out in my head and heart.
How to Use These January Journal Prompts
There is no right or wrong way to journal. You may find yourself journaling for pages and pages on one prompt, and only writing down a word or a short sentence for another. That’s totally okay! This is your journal, and your journey.
Some of these prompts have a spiritual feel. That’s because for me, journaling is a spiritual practice. However, if that word doesn’t resonate with you just replace anything of that nature with “highest self” – that is really what we are all working towards here.
I do recommend incorporating a gratitude practice into your journaling practice. All you need to do is write down one thing you’re grateful for each day (although you can certainly write down as many as feels right – here’s a lot more help if you are new to gratitude journaling!).
How to Use These January Affirmations
I have included a printable page of affirmations for you, as well as a place in the printable journaling packet that encourages you to write your own affirmations. You can write them down (I always recommend this) and/or say them out loud. Saying them out loud is very powerful! You can also use these as a mantra if you meditate, or just as reminders to yourself throughout the day. You can read this post about how to use affirmations for more help – I really believe in affirmations and think they have a place in your journaling practice, too! 🙂
Here are your January Affirmations:
- I am love.
- I am capable.
- I am present.
- I live in abundance and gratitude.
What Type of Journal to Use
Again – no rules here! Use whatever journal you like the best. I have included journaling printables here. You may want to use these (as you’ll see, I have one for “long form” journaling and one for shorter entries). I’ll be releasing new ones every month, so you may want to use these and keep them together in a binder or folder. Or you can use any notebook you have around the house. Some people like to keep a digital journal (hmmm…like a BLOG!), or just keep a file on their laptop. I type a lot faster than I write, but I always use a pen and paper to journal with. It just feels more cleansing to me.
If you’re looking for a Dot Grid Journal, we make and sell a beautiful one (I am totally biased, but I made these specifically because I was dreaming about a journal just like this…so I made one). You can use code CEJOURNAL for $5 off any Dot Grid Journals (they are made in Texas and have the most beautiful paper!).
You don’t need anything fancy or expensive to get started though. Truly, all you need is a place to write. <3
I have written out all 31 of the prompts below. You can download the October Journal Prompts, along with the Journaling Printables, at the bottom of this post.
You can download the Journal Prompts here. 🙂
Journal Prompts for January
- What energy are you bringing to the next year?
- How would you describe the last year?
- What is a mantra you can live by this month?
- Write down three affirmations that feel relevant to your life right now.
- How can you freshen up your living space? Is there any energy you can clear?
- What is your body telling you lately? How are you listening and answering your body’s messages?
- Who is important in your life right now?
- What is something you’ve read recently that you loved?
- How can you remind yourself to be present, right this second? How can you take that with you into your busiest and most stressful days?
- What do you really want to do?
- How do you express love to others?
- What is something you can do with more intention?
- What does abundance mean to you?
- How are you feeling right now? How would that look if it were a color?
- Write down three things you’re grateful for today.
- What is something you’ve always wanted to do? Is there a reason you haven’t done it yet?
- Compare this January to last January. What has changed? What has stayed the same?
- What is something positive you’ve seen in the media lately?
- When you disagree with someone and feel tested, how can you step back and find your commonality?
- How have you nurtured your spirit this month?
- Does this time of year bring up any emotions you need to work through?
- How can you accept all of your feelings and emotions with gratitude and love?
- Compare this January to last January. You can compare what you did to what you’re doing, how you felt to how you’re feeling, or any aspect of the months that feel similar or dissimilar.
- When is the last time you took time off from social media? How did it feel? When are you planning on taking another social media break?
- What is something you want to change?
- Take three deep breaths in and out. Once your breath settles, let the words flow.
- What happened today?
- How do you connect with your highest self?
- What are you looking forward to next month?
- Describe in detail a dream you recently had.
- How did January feel?
You can download the Journal Prompts here. 🙂