This is a powerful time of year to use your journal to set your goals, intentions and highest hopes for the new year and new decade. I am not much for New Year’s resolutions, but rather I like to nourish a regular journaling to manifest practice all year long. The cusp of a new year offers us a fresh slate, a blank page, for getting clear on what we want to hold onto and also what we might like to let go of. Then there are the new areas of our lives that we want to dream into into being!

The following journaling prompts are intended to help you start this new year and new decade off with clarify, focus and inspiration!


Journaling Prompts for 2020

Looking Back

Honouring this past year is a way to acknowledge this time of transition into the new year!

  • What do you most want to remember from 2019?
  • What do you want to acknowledge or celebrate from 2019?
  • What losses or disappointments did you face?
  • What learning and life lessons stand out from this past year?
  • What goals or intentions did you have on January 1st, 2019 that you accomplished in this past year?

Looking Forward

“To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human spirit.” Bernard Edmonds

  • What is most important to you in 2020?
  • What do you want to give your attention, time and energy to in this new year?
  • What calls to you?
  • What do you want that you already have?
  • What do you want to focus on?
  • What do you not want to focus on?
  • Imagine it is December 31st, 2020, what is different in your life than at this time?
  • What dreams do you have for this next year of your life?
  • If you listen to your heart, what whispers of wisdom are speaking to you?
  • What’s possible?

Being Here NOW

Mindful attention to the present moment is the most powerful place to put our focus. It is the place our life force energy lives, now. Breathe deeply. Tap into your present moment awareness as fully as you can in this moment.

  • What do you notice in this one moment? What are you thinking, feeling, sensing?
  • What are you attuned to in this moment?
  • What is in your environment?
  • What is in your heart?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What feels hopeful in your being and in your life right now?

Being here now is enough.

Journaling helps us to be fully present in the moment which helps us to access our deep inner wisdom in our lives.  If you want to learn more about journaling, check out our How to Journal – your complete guide to getting started with journaling!

Happy writing into a new and inspiring year of life before us.


Blog Author:  Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is the Director of the International Association for Journaling Writing,

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