Today I want to share a simple journal prompt I found in Marlene Schiwy’s A Voice of Her Own. This is a great book with lots of journaling tips, techniques, prompts and ideas. I’m really enjoying reading it at the moment.
The prompt is fairly simple, but it got me thinking about different aspects of my life, and myself, on quite a deep level.
It doesn’t take very long, and your answers could serve as a base to give you more to write about in detail in later journal entries.
Take three pages in your journal. At the top of page one, write ‘I am’, at the top of page two write ‘I am not’ and on the last page write ‘I would like to be’.
Then, doing one page at a time, fill it with whatever comes to mind. You could do your pages as mindmaps, you could freewrite, or you could list your answers.
My answers were in list form, some were single words and others phrases. Here is a some from my own journal entry:
- Learning to express myself creatively
- Changing my life
- Developing courage
- Passionate about many things
I am not…
- Prepared to put my dreams on hold for any longer
- Going to keep hiding parts of myself
- Prepared to settle
- Going to limit my dreams and desires
I would like to be…
- At peace
- More focused and less scattered
- An inspiration and role model to others
- More willing to take risks
- More creative
These are just a few things from my own lists. These lists are quite simple but there is a lot here that I could explore in later journal entries. I was even surprised by a few things that came up – for example, ‘I am not going to keep hiding parts of myself’. This has highlighted to me that there are times when I feel like I can’t truly be myself, which is something I would like to explore further.