Digital Journaling Prompt Sheets 2016

23rd November 2015

Journaling Prompts 2016 by Journaling Sage, Instant Digital Downloads.

On Sale From 1st December 2015!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you know I’ve been sharing journaling prompts every day in 2015. They are deeply thought-provoking prompts that dig deep into what you really want. I’ll be doing it again in 2016. This time, we are going to be focusing even more on nurturing your creative happiness.

The journaling prompts will:

  • Learn to trust your creative energy
  • Find activities and people that truly nourish you
  • Let go of old rules that no longer serve you
  • Explore new inspirations and interests
  • Discover new talents, gain new skills and share them with the world

I’ll be sharing brand new prompts again in 2016, every day for the whole year. However, if you would like to have all the journal prompts in one go, in one place, all before we even hit 2016 and in an easy-to-print format, the Digital Journaling Prompt Sheets are perfect for you! This is also a great offer for those of you who live in USA, Canada, Australia, Asia, etc. since there is no shipping cost.

You’ll get PDF files will the whole year’s journaling prompts for you to print at home. You get each month’s journaling prompts on one sheet. You can glue them in your journal or punch holes and put them in your Filofax so that they are always easy to find.

The Digital Journaling Prompts Sheets include:

  • 366 journaling prompts
  • On 12 monthly sheets (total of 12 sheets, printed on six A4-sheets)
  • Choice of two sizes – A5 size and Traveler Regular size
  • A5 size is suitable for most A5 notebooks (Moleskine large, Leuchtturm Medium, Filofax A5, etc.)
  • Instant download – you get the PDF file to print at home as soon as you buy it.

Here are videos showing you how to print and cut the two different sizes:

The Digital Journaling Prompt Sheets will go on sale on 1st December 2015 at £10 each (approximately $16 US). If you’d like a quick line to let you know when it goes on sale, sign up to the Journaling Sage mailing list below.

How to Select a Journal that You will Love Using

14th November 2015

How to select a journal that you will love using. http://journalingsage.comHow to pick the perfect journal. Ah, the eternal search and the eternal question. Will we ever find the one journal that will make us happy? Will this one be the right one or will that one be Mr Journal-Right?

Well you know me, I like a much more practical approach to things. I firmly believe that there are much more important questions we could be asking ourselves when we are browsing for a new journal, rather than whether it should have a softcover or a hardcover.

The questions are these: Which notebook will I love filling? Which notebook will I love once it is filled with my things?

One of the biggest blocker to journaling I hear is that people feel like the act of writing in a journal is actively ruining their journal. When I ask them what kind of notebook they use, invariably, they will pull out their gorgeous, beautiful and expensive notebook that they fell in love with in a bookshop one day.

Now, we’ve all been there haven’t we? We wander around a stationery shop, cooing and stroking the beautiful, expensive and impressive notebooks. We swoon over them and fall in love with them. We buy them even though they are a bit more than what we wanted to spend, because you have to pay more for something so beautiful. I’ve so been there. So many times.

We fall in love with blank notebooks exactly as they are, beautifully wrapped with hundreds of untainted pages. We see the blank notebooks as being in a perfect state, beautiful as it is, nothing needs to be added.

The problem is, this is setting yourself up to fail! If you have something in your hand that is perfect as is, you’d obviously want to keep it perfect, right? If you have something perfect, anything that you do to it, you will see it as an act of ruining its perfection. So it is totally understandable that when we take those puppies home, crack them open, and put your own handwriting on them we see it as ruining the notebook.

The great news is, we can avoid setting ourselves up to fail simply by changing our mindset when we go to buy a new journal. Instead of asking ‘which notebook do I love?’, ask yourself ‘Which notebook will I love filling? Which notebook will I love once it is filled with my things?’ 

Which notebook can you see yourself enjoying putting your own touches to, stick stuff into and fill it with your words? Which notebook would enjoy you customising it by covering the covers with your own designs, washi tapes, paper and collage? Which notebook will you feel comfortable in using lots of different coloured pens? Which notebook will you not mind writing just a few words on a page and then move onto the next? Which notebook will you feel comfortable writing your todos and shopping lists as well as the profoundly beautiful words you have insides you?

It might be that you buy something with a plainer cover for you to decorate or doodle on. It might be that you buy a cheaper notebook so you feel less pressure to be perfect. It might be that you buy one with a fun cheeky slogan on the cover than the one with beautiful delicate cover.

Which notebook will I love filling? Which notebook will I love once it is filled with my things?

Asking these questions shifts the focus of your notebook hunt from finding perfection to finding something that you can collaborate with to make it perfect. One you tell yourself that it does not want to be touched by you, and the other is dying for you to dive in there and get playing. You get to enjoy making something more beautiful because you put yourself inside it. I think that’s a much more healthy and meaningful relationship with notebooks.

November Journaling Prompts

1st November 2015

November Journal Prompt. Daily Journaling Prompt for Creative Happiness.

  1. What is your 5 greatest strength at the work you do?
  2. Who makes you feel grounded? Who talks real sense to you?
  3. If you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?
  4. What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?
  5. What 3 things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?
  6. What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?
  7. What new experience do you want to have?
  8. What do you want to feel today?
  9. What are you really glad you did yesterday?
  10. What things are you holding back on? What uncertainties are holding you back? Do they really matter?
  11. Who do you want to be your creative playmate? Who would you like to have a creative play date with?
  12. Do you want to create a deeper spiritual life? If so, what do you want to try first?
  13. Tell me all the things that make you so exotic.
  14. What is the last food you ate that felt truly nourishing?
  15. What experiences are most meaningful to you?
  16. What one mini-little-adventure would you like to have this week?
  17. What or who would be so cool to lust after? Why aren’t you going for it?
  18. List the essentials in your life.
  19. Write all the actions you associate with the word ‘guided’.
  20. What do you want more of in your life?
  21. What are you willing to do today to deepen a relationship with someone today?
  22. What could you do to breath more deeply today?
  23. What do you want to know more about?
  24. What plans did you have as a teenager that didn’t happen? Are you happy it didn’t work out that way?
  25. What behaviours people do really bring you down?
  26. List 10 values most important to you.
  27. Have you ever abandoned a creative idea because someone didn’t approve?
  28. Are you doing something you truly want to do today?
  29. List 100 things big and small that you are good at.
  30. Who do you need to forgive so you can move on with YOUR life?

6 Tips on Indexing Your Journal Easily

30th October 2015

In my second video, I share my top tips on how to make indexing your journals easier.

We all know indexing our journals is a good idea, but it seems like a such a huge task. On the other hand, indexing makes your journals searchable. So, as always, I figured out some time-saving tips to make this process a bit easier.

Making tasks easier and quicker to do is my favourite topic so I had a lot of fun making this video. If you have any tips on how to make indexing your journals easier, please share them in the comments section!

Daily Journaling Prompt Stickers 2016 are here!

28th October 2015

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

Learn to follow your intuitions, desires and creativity, the easy way. The journey with your creativity can happen by asking simple questions. These stickers have been specially designed to make you answering these questions ease. You can purchase these stickers from my Etsy store SOLD OUT.

Buy the prompt stickers   SOLD OUT. Thank you very much!

Buy the digital download version here instead…

The journaling prompts will help you:

  • Learn to trust your creative energy
  • Find activities and people that truly nourish you
  • Let go of old rules that no longer serve you
  • Explore new inspirations and interests
  • Discover new talents, gain new skills and share them with the world

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

What you will get in the set:

  • A whole year (366 days) of Journaling prompts on stickers
  • Journaling prompts for creative happiness
  • 54 extra stickers with cute illustrations
  • Each month comes on an A4 sheet (12 sheets in total)
  • Perfect for colouring in with watercolour, markers, etc.

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

The Colour Me Soulful set is perfect for colouring them your way. The are printed on matt white sticker sheets so you can use watercolours (my favourite & seen in picture), markers, inks, highlighters, etc. Please note that the set you are purchasing comes with a white background. The coloured stickers are shown as an example of how you can easily customise your own set.

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

Limited Edition Sets

In addition to the Colour Me Soulful set, there are three limited edition sets available to celebrate the launch of these cuties. 10 sets are available in three colourways:

The Brights Set SOLD OUT

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

The Jewels Set SOLD OUT

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

The Pastels Set SOLD OUT

Journaling Prompt Stickers by Journaling Sage.

The journaling prompt stickers is totally flexible to how you’d like to use them. If you want to do them in order, you can always follow the Journaling Sage Instagram account, Twitter account or Facebook where you will find that day’s journaling prompt. Or you can do just the prompt you fancy, when you fancy.

Buy the prompt stickers   SOLD OUT. Thank you very much!

Buy the digital download version here instead…

If you’d like the Creative Happiness Journaling Prompts on a monthly sheet to stick into your journal (digital download items), please sign up to the Journaling Sage mailing list below and you’ll be updated when they go on sale in December 2015!

A Public Service Announcement

9th October 2015

It's totally okay to have lots of notebooks you haven't used yet!

This is a Public Service Announcement for all those of you who have a large collection of unused notebooks. This is my collection of unused notebooks. Yes I have two whole bookshelves of brand spanking new notebooks that haven’t been touched since the day I bought them. Please show this to your husbands and boyfriends and say ‘see, my collection is not nearly as bad as this woman’s!’

I am showing you my collection so that you no longer feel bad about having a pile of unused notebooks. No one should be. They are just notebooks. It’s not like you are hoarding something that is going to go off in the next week.

Besides, they are not unused notebooks. ‘Unused’ has such a negative connotation, like you are already committed to not using them – and that’s not the case is it? You are fully intending on using them and that’s what counts. These notebooks are just waiting for me to get around to using them. They are looking forward to it. So let’s call them ‘waiting to be used’ notebooks instead.

Honestly, there are so much guilt surrounding journaling already, we don’t need to guilt-trip ourselves further every time we look at our ‘waiting to be used’ notebooks. We should be delighted that we have so many choices when we come to pick our next journal. We should look at the notebooks and have fun imagining what we will put in them.

Still overwhelmed?

If, however, you do still feel that you have too many and they are starting to make you feel overwhelmed, maybe the following exercise will help you. Figure out how many notebooks you normally go through in a year. Then look at how many ‘waiting to be used’ notebooks you have in stock. You can roughly estimate how many years it will take to use your stock up. Are you happy with how many years it will take to use up your collection? How many year’s worth of notebooks would be less overwhelming? If you have way more than you are comfortable with, then maybe you’ll feel better to gift some of your journals to your friends.

For example, the very top shelf in the photo you see holds the notebooks I have filled this year. So from that I can work out I have roughly two years’ worth of stock (totally not counting any new ones I will buy in the future…) I am absolutely okay with having two years’s worth of stock. I felt less overwhelmed about how many notebooks I have because I now know I can use them up in just a couple of years. So no giving away my notebooks to my friends (sorry my dear friends, but phew!)

That’s the thing about people who journal. We grow notebooks like house plants. It’s just part of who we are.

October Journaling Prompts

1st October 2015

October Journal Prompt. Daily Journaling Prompt for Creative Happiness.

  1. What are you doing with your life? Was that of your choosing or someone else’s?
  2. This month, my soul is yearning for some…
  3. What 5 problems could you solve this month?
  4. Write all the actions you associate with the word ‘divine’.
  5. What things potently luxurious do you want to bring into your life?
  6. What would your perfect journaling space look like? What aspect of it can you make happen this week?
  7. If money lost its meaning, what work would you do>
  8. What are you waiting for?
  9. When do you feel most connected with yourself?
  10. What 10 things have you done that you thought you could never do?
  11. What 10 things do you think you can never do?
  12. What 3 words describe your life right now?
  13. What second chance do you need to give yourself?
  14. What aspects of yourself do you constantly compare with others?
  15. What values can you give to the people who will receive your work?
  16. What activities make you lose track of time? How can you do more of these activities?
  17. Who is the real, raw, unedited you?
  18. What’s working in your life?
  19. List concrete goals you can achieve, at a push, by the end of the month.
  20. What would you be totally lost in life without?
  21. List 20 things that represent ‘grateful’ to you.
  22. Write all the things you associate with the word ‘sacred’.
  23. What did you do yesterday?
  24. What does your name mean? How much does your name reflect who you are as a person?
  25. When is the last time you enjoyed something on your own?
  26. What did you dream of last night?
  27. List 3 ways to win your heart.
  28. List all the ‘what ifs’ cluttering up your mind right now?
  29. What is the hardest thing to forgive from your past? Is it worth still holding onto?
  30. What can you do this afternoon to bring in some relaxation time for yourself?
  31. What one problem could you solve today?