Idea List: Jazz Up Your Journal

    “Idea List: Jazz Up Your Journal,” New Era, Jan. 2005, 15

    Idea List:

    Jazz Up Your Journal

    It’s a new year and a great time to recommit to writing in your journal. Here are some ideas for when you just can’t think of anything to write about:

    • Count your blessings—including your family and your temporal and spiritual blessings.

    • Describe your earliest memory.

    • List some of your family traditions.

    • Tell about your favorite food or recipe.

    • Write about your favorite hymn or song.

    • Write a letter to your future spouse or children.

    • Write about how you felt during the day even if you don’t think you did anything momentous.

    • Tell a story your mom or dad has told you about when you were a baby.

    • Write an account of something you saw or did, instead of just saying you did it. Details are great; they capture the experience better than general statements.

    • Explain your goals and aspirations and how you plan to achieve them.

    • Pick someone who is a hero in your life, and write about him or her.

    • Draw a picture of your pet, and write about it.

    • Think of a book you’ve read, and explain why it has made a difference in your life.

    • Write about your favorite scripture and why you like it.

    • Bear your testimony of tithing, the Word of Wisdom, or another gospel principle.

    • Read your journal from exactly a year ago to the day, and compare your life then with your life now. Then describe what you’d like to see happen in your life a year from now.

    • Write your impressions of world events and other important happenings.

    Illustrated by MM Kawasaki