365-Day Journal Challenge: January Prompts

Dearest Friends,

Welcome to 2017! Hope you had a lovely time welcoming the New Year and are looking forward to a pleasant day of doing mostly nothing to recover from the holidays and prepare to be back in work mode.

So, like most people, I’ve thought of resolutions. Should I make some? What should they be? Would I actually follow through with them?

Then I thought of My Peak Challenge and thought that, even if I can’t actually join the community this year, I can do my own Personal Peak Challenges, and those can serve partly as my resolutions for the year.

In the least, Personal Peak Challenges is more fun than just calling them resolutions.

The main challenge for the year is a 365-Day Journal Challenge. Every month, I’ll share the list of prompts I’m putting together. The lists draw from around the internet, from my undergrad’s student paper archives, and from my head.

Each day is different. Some days are to remember. Some are to look ahead. Some are to be silly.

And the rules are simple. Write at least a page a day either based on the prompt or about something you mused about during the day…NOT just a rundown of what you did.

If you skip a prompt, then, you can save it and switch it for another one later. And prompts can be switched as necessary, since some prompts require more thought (and therefore time) than others. All that matters is getting in that (meaningful) page a day!

Some benefits of doing this are:

  • Stress relief.
  • Working through things, past or present.
  • Seriously contemplating the future.
  • Self-discovery.
  • Better writing.
  • Hopefully becoming better for it, whatever “better” means for you.

I’ll be sharing all of my prompts and keeping you updated on my progress in this challenge.

I also invite you to join me. I know it’s late notice, but if you want to join, jump in whenever you can and try to keep it up for the rest of the year. And if you want that 365 days, just continue a bit into next year.

So, without further chatting, the January Prompts:

  1. Don’t think back on your year or look forward to the next. Instead, focus on the now. How do you feel? What are you thinking about? Why?
  2. Start an entry with “hello.” Make it a short story, poem, or letter to a person, the new year, a future person, the tree in your backyard, etc.
  3. I believe….what? Write about things you believe, from profound to mundane.
  4. Create a bucket list of at least ten things for the new year, even if you don’t plan on following through. Why are they there?
  5. Are you going to follow through with your bucket list? Why or why not?
  6. Write about things you do a lot but aren’t sure you should. Why do you do them?
  7. What’s your all-time favourite book and why?
  8. Think about what you would like to ask someone in an interview. It can be any person, real or fictional. Who would you interview? What would you ask? Why do you think those are things you want to know about?
  9. What are some quirky things you do?
  10. What do you think your earliest memory is?
  11. Ever do anything risky? Write about it.
  12. What’s the next risky thing you’re going to do? Write about it.
  13. What’s something risky that you’re afraid to do? Write about it.
  14. Write about taking your favorite (or least-favorite) form of transportation.
  15. Make a promise to yourself that you will keep.
  16. Write about a project you never finished.
  17. What does trust mean to you? Is it easy to trust someone?
  18. What’s the 11th item on your bucket list for the year? Why? Add it to the previous ten.
  19. What’s the first sentence of your favourite novel or the last book you read? What do you like about it?
  20. You hold in your hands a book containing the story of your life. If you read it, you need to read it cover to cover, and will therefore see your future. Do you read it? Why? Why not?
  21. Most children get attached to something, like a toy or a blanket. What were you attached to as a child? What happened to it?
  22. Describe a little aspect of your life that you love but don’t comment on.
  23. How do you define success? Do you consider yourself successful? Explain.
  24. What’s the story behind your name? Do you think it fits? If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
  25. What is the activity you’re most scared of doing/participating in?
  26. What would it take to get you to do that activity, if you had to set a limit?
  27. Write a letter to someone you need to forgive.
  28. Write a fan letter to your favorite actor/actress.
  29. What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes?
  30. What is your most “unrealistic” life goal, the “You’re crazy!” goal floating in the back of your mind that most likely won’t happen but would be totally wicked if it did?
  31. What’s something you think you should do more often? Why don’t you?

Your Bonnie Celtophile,



P.S.- I’m also doing monthly challenges that are fitness based, so if you’re curious about that head on over to my January Two-Minute Handstand Challenge.


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