Journal Prompts on Growth and New Beginnings

These journal prompts are about not only how you approach growth and new beginnings, but also about honoring the growth you've done. You've come a long way to get where you are now, and that deserves respect.

With Fill Your Cup prompts the idea is that you can choose one or two prompts and take just 5 to 10 minutes responding to fill your emotional cup. This is a time for you to press the “pause button” to collect your thoughts. You can respond through writing, drawing, doodling – it’s about what fills your cup.

Sometimes I sit with my journal while my kids finish up school work at the table, sometimes I write in the morning before they’re up, and sometimes just having the question to think about during the day is enough.

20 Journal Prompts on Growth and New Beginnings - Fill Your Cup Journal Prompts


Growth and New Beginnings Journal Prompts

My children, like nothing else in this world, have sparked growth in me as a person. I've gone through times when it would really be nice to have fewer “opportunities for growth.”  I've had those days when I think, I'm done, I don't want to learn any more or try to be better.

But it's in my nature to question things, to examine them – so while learning to be kind to myself while parenting and while trying to lighten up and not take everything so dang seriously, I do keep striving for growth.

Fill Your Cup Journal Prompts  – Growth and New Beginnings

  • What new beginnings are happening in your life right now? What is ending as this begins?
  • What have you come through to get to the place where you are now? What have you ended, overcome or achieved to arrive at this new unfolding in your life? How can you honor this growth or transition?
  • What emotions come up for you as you start something new? Do you see a pattern with new beginnings? Are you happy with the tools you have to deal with these emotions?
  • How do you deal with fear when you’re trying something new?
  • Sometimes new beginnings are energizing and exciting – how do you deal with the drop in energy once things aren’t so new anymore? How would you like to you persevere? When do you re-evaluate your commitment?
  • Are there areas where your kids have grown and are ready for more choice? Are there areas where perhaps we are asking them to choose before they are ready for that responsibility?

Growing through mistakes

  • What does it feel like to make a mistake?
  • We have to make mistakes to grow – when you reflect on your mistakes, how do you forgive yourself?  Are you able to be grateful for the growth they enabled?
  • Think about a recent mistake that’s bugging you:
    • What happened?
    • Why didn’t it work the way you thought?
    • What could you try next time to get a new outcome?

Growth and parenting

  • What did you think you would feel like when you were a grown up?  Do you feel like a grown up now?
  • How have you grown as a parent? Where were you a year ago? 5 years? 10 years?
  • What do your children have to teach you right now?
  • What motivates you to keep growing as a person?
  • What do you need to let go of right now in order to grow?

I hope these spark new growth for you! You may also enjoy these journal prompts:

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