Idea List: Jazz Up Your Journal
January 2005

“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