Birthdays are the perfect opportunity for you to take time to reflect. You can think about the past year and about what you want for yourself in the upcoming year.
So, whether you are celebrating your own birthday or that of a loved one, you have the chance to set new intentions and reflect on what you are grateful for. You can remember these special occasions by keeping a birthday journal.
These birthday journal prompts will enable you to start recording memories that you can treasure for a long time. Your birthday journal will soon fill with wonderful and insightful inserts.
Why start a birthday journal?
A birthday journal is a personalised book that will allow you to look back and reflect on memories that have brought you love and happiness.
You will be able to look back in years to come, read and enjoy remembering every birthday. It can also be a great journal to pick up when you’ve had a bad day; you can relive all the positive emotions which will make you smile.
Keeping a birthday journal will allow you to express your thoughts and feelings. Like any form of journaling, it gives you a safe place to express your goals, dreams, worries ad fears. You can reflect on your life’s journey.
Birthdays give me hat reminder to take stock of where I am in my life and where I want to go. With a specific journal, I can wite about my celebrations and use prompts for growth and self-recovery.
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How to get started with your birthday journal
You have your new journal and you are ready to start your journaling journey. But are you unsure where to start? Here are some small steps to get you started
Create the perfect environment
You want to find a comfortable space where you can fully focus on the journaling experience. For you, it might be lighting your favourite candle, playing your favourite, relaxing playlist, or simply finding a soft, comfortable space to sit and write.
Choose when to start
When you start your journal is entirely up to you as well as the time period you wish to cover. You can start with your upcoming birthday or go back and reflect on a previous birthday.
It is completely personal, but once you have got the timeline you want, it will become habit.
Reflect on your past year
In your journal you can explore the past year of your life. Write about special memories or achievements. Share what you are proud of in your past year. It is important that you are completely honest with the highs and lows as it will allow you to learn more about yourself and your journey.
Share your present
Use your journal to write about how you feel in the present moment on your birthday. Write in the present moment on your birthday. What are you grateful for? How are you celebrating and what are your achievements? You can fully celebrate yourself on your special day.
Create the future
Take time to sit back and think about what you want from life. What are your dreams and goals? What do you want to achieve in the next year? Why? It gives you the opportunity to manifest these things in your life.
Writing these areas down will hold you accountable, but also means that you are more likely to achieve your goals.
Make your journal super individual to you
With your birthday journal, you can make it mor personal by adding photographs, tickets or washi tape and stickers. Make your journal your own. Make it so that you want to pick it up and enjoy writing in it.
Create your journaling routine
Journaling should be done consistently, especially if your want to reflect n previous birthdays. Set aside a regular time to write int our birthday journal. You could do it daily, weekly or monthly. Fit it around you.
So, your birthday journal can be you just freely writing about what you feel and share experiences or you can use journal prompts to express yourself and birthday experiences.
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Here are 50 birthday journaling prompts you can try:
- How do you feel the past year has been for you?
- What are things you are proud of that have happened in the past year?
- What struggles have you faced in the past year? How did you overcome these struggles?
- List your small and big achievements from the past year.
- Do you enjoy birthdays? Explain why you do or don’t.
- What is ne of your favourite birthday celebrations? Why?
- What would be your dream birthday celebration?
- Do you enjoy receiving gifts on your birthday?
- What would be your dream gift?
- What is the earliest birthday memory you have?
- How do you feel about turning a year older?
- What would you like to achieve before your next birthday?
- What experiences would you like to have before your next birthday?
- How did you celebrate your last birthday?
- What are you most looking forward to on your next birthday?
- What do you want for your birthday this year?
- What has been the best birthday surprise you have ever had?
- What do you think is the best thing about being your age?
- What do you think about being your age?
- What is your biggest fear about being another year older?
- Do you have any regrets in your life so far?
- What do you think is the most important in life at your age?
- What are some of your best life lessons that you have learned so far?
- List the things that you have never done before but would like to try.
- How has the relationship with yourself changed over the years?
- What are you most grateful for in the past year?
- What word would you use to describe your life now?
- If you had 3 wishes for our birthday, what would they be?
- What skills would you like to learn in the next year?
- How has getting older changed your view on life?
- When did you realise birthdays were important to you?
- How are you going to make the next year even better than the last?
- What are some things that you want to leave behind in the next year?
- If money was no object, where would you like to spend a birthday?
- If money wasn’t an issue, what gift would you like for your birthday?
- What were the past year’s most significant moments?
- Think about the goals you’ve set yourself. Which ones have you completed and which ones are you still working on?
- Describe the people who have had a positive impact on your life in the last year.
- How did you prioritise self-care and your well being in the past year?
- Share television shows, movies, books and music that you have been loving this past year.
- In which areas of your life do you want to make positive changes and develop? Why?
- What habits or routines would you want to develop during the next year?
- What limiting beliefs do you want to leave behind in the next year?
- Describe your overall feelings and emotions about the upcoming year.
- Describe how those around you have made you feel loved and supported.
- What new hobbies, interests or skills have you pursued and found enjoyable?
- What plans have you got for the upcoming year?
- What relationships do you want to grow in the upcoming year?
- What is the strangest birthday gift you have given?
- How are you going to work on your drams and aspirations in the next year?
These are just some of the journal and writing prompts that you can use to reflet around your birthday. Do you reflect on or around your birthday? I’d love to hear in the comments.