Morgan’s Mumbles: Journal Prompts for Teens and the People who Serve Them, by Teen Contributor Morgan Randall
I know right now is really stressful for a lot of us, and I think journaling helps a lot. Below I have compiled 31 journal prompts (I know this is a little late for all of November but pick and choose a journal prompt for each day to complete your month with) I really like and I think are really helpful to reflect on:
- How can you make sure to fill your cup, before you begin to give yourself before others?
- List 20 things that make you smile.
- List three things you would do if you weren’t afraid.
- Write about something you forgive yourself for.
- What does your ideal look like?
- Pretend money isn’t an object, what would you do?
- What made you happy today?
- What is your favorite thing to do to treat yourself?
- What traits do you admire in someone? (What about yourself?)
- Where do you want to be in the next year? (five years? Ten years?)
- Who are the people you miss the most?
- What compliment do you want the most? (Give it to yourself, genuinely sometime soon!)
- What are three things you are grateful for today?
- What’s one thing you would like to do more of?
- What bothered you today? (Have a brain dump of everything that is irritating you, if you feel comfortable when you finish this rip out the page, tear it up, burn it, dissolve it in water, or find another way to destroy it)
- Write an encouraging letter to your younger self.
- Who is your biggest hero and why?
- What do you often dream about? (Develop on why you dream about this)
- Use 10 words to describe yourself.
- What does your self-care routine look like? (if you don’t have one make your ideal one!)
- Make a 15 song playlist that describes how you feel.
- What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
- What goals are you working towards right now?
- Write about a place where you feel safe.
- Describe the outfit you feel the most confident in.
- Write out ten positive affirmations. (Begin to use these every day when you wake up!)
- Write yourself a thank you letter.
- What do you see in others (or others’ lives) that you want? Why do you want it?
- Identify your negative self-talk. What are the doubts you plant in your own mind?
- If you could give everyone one piece of advice, what would it be?
- Am I showing up fully as myself without any masks? (If not, what masks are you wearing?)
Morgan Randall, Teen Contributor
Morgan recently graduated high school and is currently enrolled to attend college in the fall getting her BA in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis on Design and Technology. She loves theatre, writing, reading, and learning. But something that has always been important to her is being a voice for those who feel like they don’t have one, and being a catalyst for change in any way possible.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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