Hello 2018! Creative Journal Prompts for the New Year

journal prompts for the new year

These journal prompts are for playing and creating with.

Use them as little diving boards to dive off into other things to explore ? the most important part of journaling is following your creative impulse, not answering all of the prompts perfectly!

If you feel inspired to – play around with different coloured pens, markers and pencil crayons.?Or use collage or make your own art to illustrate your answers.

When you engage your creativity in your journaling that makes it easier to access your creative genius, the part of you that knows how to bring your dreams to life ? plus it?s more fun that way!

But there are lots of ways to engage your creativity and of course you can also just use pen and paper if that’s what floats your boat.

If getting creative in your journal is new to you and you’d like to try it ? check out?my free art journaling e-course for loads of videos & ideas to help you get started.

The journaling prompts are divided into 2 sections: looking back and looking forward.

Goodbye 2017. Looking back:

What was amazing in 2017?

What did you do in 2017 that you?re proud of?

What did you learn/discover that you want to bring into 2018?

What do you want to leave behind in 2017?

What are you most grateful for about 2017?

How did your dreams grow in 2017?

What did you do to help your dreams grow in 2017?? What worked?? What didn?t work?

How did YOU grow in 2017? What gifts and strengths do you have now that you didn?t have in 2016?

Is there anything you need to do to complete your year? Any unfinished business that you?d like to finish, and leave behind as you move into 2018?

Hello 2018! Looking forward:

Try to list 5-10?things (impossibly big or microscopically small or anything in between) you?d like to have happen in 2018, in each of these different parts of your life:


I know that seems like a lot, but the act of listing TONS of things can really open up your sense of possibility. So spend some time with this – I find it’s best to leave this list out somewhere for a week or so, so I keep adding new things as I think of them.

When you’re done go back through your list and imagine how each of these things will make you happier in 2018. If there is anything on your list that won?t truly make you feel happier ? consider crossing it out.

What is your Big Dream for 2018?

Why do you want this?

How will you feel when you have it?

Do you already know how to make this dream real, or is this something you need to learn more about first?

What?s your plan for giving this dream what it needs to thrive in 2018?? Brainstorm 10 things you can try.

What do you want to STOP doing in 2018?? And what are some things you can you do to make that as easy as possible? How will not having these things in your life make you happier?

Then imagine yourself at the end of 2018 (You might want to draw/collage/doodle an image of you from one year from now). ? How are you different?? How did you grow?? What new strengths and skills do you have?? Does you-from-one-year-from-today have any messages or advice for you?

Here?s to a sparkletastic New Year, for all of us.

I’m starting 2018 off right, with the Year of Dreams Dream Planner, Guided Journal and Coloring Book?including a live, online Vision Party (where you’ll map out your vision for 2018) happening on January 9!

Find out more here.