I love journaling. I’ve been journaling since I was a teenager, and now even in my 40s, it is a practice I continue to do almost daily.

I enjoy documenting important life events, my dreams and ideas, inspiring quotes I come across, and special memories from my younger years.

Journaling helps me when I’m feeling anxious, mad, and sad. It helps me sort through feelings and get through tough times.

I even use my journal to create schedules– daily schedules, homeschool schedules, summer schedules, reading schedules, etc. I’m a big list person, so my journals are always filled with various kinds of lists from seasonal clothes I need to buy the kids to financial goals and books to read.

I even make prayer lists in my journals.


Honestly, I’m kind of all over the place with my journaling.

I don’t have a particular format that I adhere to. I know there’s different ways to journal like bullet journaling and gratitude journaling, but I just do my own thing. Whatever I’m feeling in the moment, I just write about it in my journal.

What about you? Do you have a certain way you like to journal?

Something that I’ve been wanting to do on my blog is feature journal writing prompts as part of a monthly series. Maybe it will inspire you to journal (if you don’t already), and if you do love journaling as much as I do, maybe you will find one or more of the journal writing prompts of interest! xoxo


Here are fifteen journal writing prompts for the month of January. I divided them into three categories: life goals, thoughts on journaling, and fun journal writing ideas.


What are you looking forward to in the New Year?

Write about your word for 2023. What does this word mean to you? (It can also be a phrase you’d like to focus on. For instance, I am focusing on the phrase: “listen to what I need.”

What are five habits you would like to change in 2023?

What is a goal you would like to focus on in the month of January? (You can also tweak this to be a set of goals you’d like to focus on but try not to overwhelm yourself with a long list of goals to focus on in one month.)

Write about the goals you were able to achieve in 2022? How did that make you feel?


Write an introduction in your journal. Include the start date and a little blurb about yourself and your current life. (I like to do this at the beginning of each journal for if I ever decide to read my journals at later dates in life.)

What does journaling mean to you?

Why do you want to keep a journal?

What do you hope journaling will do for you?

Write about your journaling schedule. (Example: I like to write down schedules in my journal to help me visualize routines and how I can make time for certain activities, like journaling.)


Make a list of three fun things you’d like to do in January.

Make a list of three important tasks you need to accomplish this month.

Write about something you have been putting off for a while. Why have you been putting it off? How can you accomplish this task?

Make a list of three ways you can practice self-care this month and write about why these three things are important to you.

What’s one thing you can do for your mental health in January?


What TV show are you into this month? Write about why you like to watch it.

What are you reading this month?

What’s your favorite memory about 2022? Why is it special to you?

Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Write about what makes you an extrovert/introvert.

Imagine you’re snowed-in for the weekend. What would be your perfect cozy weekend?

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Jennifer Hamra

Good Life Detroit is a lifestyle blog created by Jennifer Hamra. The blog covers a variety of topics centering around culture, family life, and mindful living.

An introvert, she enjoys living a simple life with her family and she strives hard to practice mindful living.

In no particular order, Jennifer enjoys street photography, journaling, yoga, reading, gardening, thrifting, and collecting tattoos. You can find her at an art gallery, community event, farmers market, or enjoying some quiet time at home with a good book and cup of tea.

Jennifer lives in metro Detroit with her husband Travis and their six children.

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