Journal Writing Prompts for November

Writing in a journal eases daily stress, promotes creativity, and improves your writing skills. Take 10 or 15 minutes out of your day to write a few lines. If you need some inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for November.

  1. How did October go for you? Your family? Your work? Or your school
  2. What do you hope to accomplish this month? And for the rest of 2020?
  3. Election Day! (USA) Did you vote? Why or why not? Did the election turn out the way you wanted?
  4. What is your current situation with the pandemic? Describe.
  5. How do you measure success for yourself? Your family? Your career?
  6. Write about a personal experience that no one else knows about.
  7. What aspect of your life feels overwhelming right now? Why? What are you doing to alleviate stress and stay positive?
  8. Did something or someone make you smile or laugh today? Describe in great detail.
  9. Set the alarm and free-write for 10 minutes. Write down anything that comes to mind.
  10. If you could go anywhere or do anything right now, what would it be? Why?
  11. Make a list of positive ways you have changed over the last year, five years, or ten years.
  12. What major life decision brings you the most joy when you think about it?
  13. Describe your current weather from the point of view of an animal.
  14. Write down the best piece of advice that someone gave you? Why was this so important? How did it affect your life?
  15. What were you doing at 11 am and 3 pm? Provide details.
  16. Describe in detail your current view. Remember to use your senses.
  17. Write down a minimum of ten things you like about yourself.
  18. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?
  19. Do you have comfort food for the colder weather? What is it? Why does this provide comfort?
  20. Do you have a friend who is always there for you? Write that person a letter giving thanks for his or her friendship.
  21. When the weather is cold, rainy, or snowy, how do you like to spend your time?
  22. What Thanksgiving traditions did you have growing up? Do you still practice them?
  23. What are you most thankful for this November?
  24. What is your best childhood memory of Thanksgiving?
  25. What are your plans for the Thanksgiving weekend?
  26. Happy Thanksgiving! (USA) How did your day go?
  27. Do you have lots of leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal? What do you cook or bake with your leftovers? Or do you just eat them?
  28. Now that Thanksgiving is over, what do you need to do to get ready for the Christmas season?
  29. Have you started your Christmas shopping? Why or why not?
  30. What are you looking forward to in December?

Journal Writing Prompts for May

Writing your feelings down is a perfect way to handle everyday stresses. Right now, with social distancing and self-isolating, getting is an ideal time to start a journal. If you need some daily inspiration on writing topics, check out the following list of May journal writing prompts.

  1. What is the most significant change for you during this pandemic?
  2. Write a paragraph describing your new routine with social distancing and self-isolation?
  3. When the mandates are lifted, what is the first thing you want to do? Why?
  4. Create a summer bucket list. Have the items changed on your list since the start of the pandemic?
  5. Fill a page or two in your journal with your favorite quotes, poems, or Bible verses.
  6. Free write for 15 minutes. Simply write whatever comes to your mind.
  7. Write about your latest dream in detail. What do you think the dream means?
  8. If you could have one superpower, what would your gift be? Why?
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
  10. Happy Mother’s Day! (US) Write about being a mother. What is your most significant moment? Or write about your mother. Write about your favorite childhood moment with just you and your mom.
  11. Write a gratitude list. Strive for at least 5 items on your list.
  12. What is one development in your life that is causing you the most anxiety? Can you change it? Or can a different approach help you deal with the issue better?
  13. What are the three things you accomplished today? Go into detail. (Even if one is just binge-watching Netflix.)
  14. Make a list of your top 5 strongest qualities.
  15. Write about a happy moment from today.
  16. How have you changed in the last month? Six months? Year? 5 Years? 10 Years? Go into detail.
  17. If you could have a dinner party with any 5 people (past or present), who would you pick to sit at your table? Why?
  18. Name a person who made the most significant impact on you this week?
  19. Write about your day from your pet’s point of view. Go into detail.
  20. What would you like to tell your future self about this past week?
  21. Write down 5 of your favorite childhood memories.
  22. What would you do if you did not have to worry about money?
  23. List 10 facts about yourself, your spouse, your children, or your pet.
  24. What is the best childhood memory of Memorial Day weekend? Did you travel? Stay home? Have a cookout? Planted flowers on gravesites?
  25. Happy Memorial Day! How did you spend your day?
  26. How do you think other people describe you? How do you describe yourself?
  27. Interview a family member.
  28. What is your biggest regret from your school years, adulthood, relationships, or current situation? How did the situation make you grow?
  29. List 5 things you want to change about yourself, your family, your finances, your job, etc.
  30. Write about something that you love about this particular time in your life right now.
  31. What are you looking forward to in June?

Celebrating Easter at Home

Celebrating Easter at home may not have been your original plan. Yes, the big family gatherings will not happen this year. Canceled Easter Egg hunts, church services, and other events are inevitable. The pandemic brings changes to protect your health.  But there are still numerous ways to make Easter special.

Start by turning off the news. Unplug from your devices. Set your cell phone to vibrate. Simply enjoy the quality time with the ones you love.

Make a Family Meal

Dust off your baking skills and cook a homemade family meal to enjoy together. Do not forget dessert. Bake some cookies or other special treats to celebrate Easter. When baking, ask your children to help. Even younger children can help pour, measure, or stir the batter. The quality time will turn into a lasting memory. For added fun, decorate the table together.

Do you want to do something different than a traditional Easter meal?

  • Pull out the grill and BBQ for Easter.
  • If the weather is warm, consider an outdoor picnic. Or set up a picnic in your living room.
  • Order from a local restaurant. Many food establishments are still open for delivery and curbside pickup.

Dress Up for a Family Photo

Most cameras come with a self-timer, which is perfect for a family photo. Dress up in your Sunday best. Yes, you can take off your good clothes after the picture. The photo will be a lasting reminder of celebrating Easter at home.

Set Up a Photo Booth

 Using a sheet, tablecloth, or bare spot on the wall for background creates an instant photo booth. Pull out hats, scarves, beaded jewelry, and other accessories to add to the fun. Use a poster board, index cards, or construction paper to make photo props. Bunny ears, an Easter 2020 sign, mustache, big smiles, or glasses are easy to make. Place your prop cut-outs on wooden dowels, popsicle sticks, or hold with a clip clothespin.

Dye Easter Eggs

Even if you do not have any Easter dye, you still can color eggs. Use food coloring, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and boiling water to make a color mixture of your choice. Stir the solution, allow the contents to cool, and dye your eggs.

Listen to a Church Service

Numerous churches are hosting services online. Listen to an Easter service before starting your day. The words may bring you comfort and joy this Easter season.

Do Easter Crafts

Spend the afternoon, crafting as a family. Do not know where to start? Pinterest has numerous ideas for Easter crafting.

  • Paint or Draw an Easter scene
  • Cut out Easter eggs from construction paper or plain paper to design.
  • Make collages out of everyday materials, including cotton balls, magazine pictures, cloth scraps, etc.
  • Paint Easter eggs.
  • Make placemats for your meal.

Call Loved Ones

Easter is definitely different this year with social distancing and self-isolating. But, you still can keep in touch with loved ones. Call, text, message, or video chat with friends and family.


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