30 Days of Journaling

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Emma is the editor & creator (and occasionally writer) for The Messy Heads. She enjoys yellow curry, print media, and singing to herself.

Here’s a goal for the new year: connect with yourself more. The best way to do that is through self reflection. Try this simple journaling exercise with prompts for everyday. You can write right when you wake up, before you close your eyes for the night, or at your favorite coffee shop. Get your friends in on it to- text them the prompt everyday in the morning as a reminder for both of you to write today. Share a response as an Instagram caption or a photo & tag us @Themessyheads. Lets do this together & do it for yourself. Pick up your pencil & open your mind. Let’s get started.


Day 1: What made you happy today?

Day 2: What was your first thought right when you woke up this morning? Was it positive, negative? How can you change your thinking to be happier & healthier?

Day 3: What is important to you? List four things that money can’t buy.

Day 4: Re-evaluate the friendships/relationships in your life right now. which ones are positive & which are negative. How are you going to go about eliminating the negativity?

Day 5: Write 5 goals you have for the week and make a detailed plan for how are you going to achieve them.

Day 6: What’s something that’s been holding you back from making your dreams happen, how can you overcome those obstacles?

Day 7: Write a letter to someone you love, either rip it out and mail it to them, or just keep it in there until you’re ready for them to read it.

Day 8: Write down 10 things you love about yourself.

Day 9: Who can you be nicer to? Your parents? Your best friends? Your Starbucks baristas? Yourself? Jot down a quick list.

Day 10: What is your most “unrealistic” life goal? To live on a small coffee bean farm in Hawaii, sing on Broadway, travel the world with the love of your life? Talk about the one thing people tell you is too big of a dream, what would your life be like if you were really living it?

Day 11: Write about what you currently are stressing about. Deconstruct the situation, break it into smaller pieces, and put it into perspective. Chances are it isn’t a stressful as you are making it out to be.

Day 12: Write about a song that you love and what the lyrics make you feel.

Day 13: Describe your perfect day start to finish.

Day 14: What do you see when you look in the mirror? Your flaws or favorite features? Evaluate your thoughts & then write down three positive things you are now going to notice when you look in the mirror.

Day 15: Write about people in your life that you would die for.

Day 16: What are your favorite colors right now and what do they remind you of?

Day 17: Try not to complain at all today. Write about what you experience & notice what you tend to complain about.

Day 18: Write a poem about your favorite season.

Day 19: Talk about the last materialistic purchase you made. How did it make you feel, why did you want it, and are you currently happy with it?

Day 20: Write about a lie that you recently told or a secret that you are keeping.

Day 21: Fill up the entire paper with things that you are grateful for.

Day 22: What do you want to change about the world? Talk about it, and then talk about things that you can do to change it.

Day 23: Write about a few things you need to do more often.

Day 24: Write about a few things you need to do less often.

Day 25: What new skill or subject are you interested in learning?

Day 26: What is something that other people do that bother you? Think about what this says about you instead of what this says about other people.

Day 27: Write about your favorite item of clothing in your closet and why it represents your style.

Day 28: What is your favorite type of art to consume? What is your favorite type of art to create?

Day 29: What are you most passionate about?

Day 30: Who are you really, at your core?



  1. Indigo says

    It’s like you read my mind… This is a post I’ve hoped you would always publish.

  2. I love this idea, can’t wait to start! I’m also so happy you brought back the 70s babe tee, can’t wait to get my hand on one of those.

  3. this is such a good idea!!! im following it and im so excited
    i’ve decided to do it for a whole year, and at the end, in december, read through it and see how things have changed.
    thanx so much!! xx

  4. This is amazing!! Started it today and can’t wait for tomorrow!! Maybe I will do it for the whole year?! ( Thanks from another comment)

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  18. Emma says

    I have just read through this and I am so emotional and inspired, thank you.

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