Welcome back, journalers! I am so glad you’re here. Journaling is a practice in my own life that has helped my find clarity, peace, and growth. I hope to share that with you here in a way that makes it simple, sustainable, and enjoyable. These May journal prompts and journaling printables were made with love (and a little help from the universe!), and will guide you through the month and help you start or grow your own journaling practice.
May always feels transitional to me, and transitions are always great for journaling. It’s still spring, but also in Texas it’s hot and basically summer. School is ending. Summer is beginning. The first half of the year is wrapping up! It’s a great time to reengage if you’ve been neglecting your journal practice. And if you’ve been going strong all year, I think this time of year is perfect to get going again.
Also – side note – this month’s ombre rainbow theme is inspired by the Carrie Elle pedal car. Our town has a pedal car race every year, and I got a new pedal car this year. Of course I had to be extra and get it wrapped. Here it is!
You can find previous month’s prompts here (you can do any of these prompts at any time…some prompts have a seasonal feel to them, but they will translate well to any month):
May Journal Prompts
I have provided 31 prompts – one for each day of the month. You can go through the list in order, mix it all up, or skip the prompts entirely that don’t interest you. You may find that one prompt really resonates with you and want to journal on that for several days, or even for the entire month. Remember that journaling is very personal and that there is no “formula” for doing it right. Most of my own journaling involves just writing out my thoughts and feelings based on things I was feeling, something I experienced, or something that I needed to work out in my head and heart.
How to Use These May Journal Prompts
There is no right or wrong way to journal. You may find yourself journaling for pages and pages on one prompt, and only writing down a word or a short sentence for another. That’s totally okay! This is your journal, and your journey.
Some of these prompts have a spiritual feel. That’s because for me, journaling is a spiritual practice. However, if that word doesn’t resonate with you just replace anything of that nature with “highest self” – that is really what we are all working towards here.
I do recommend incorporating a gratitude practice into your journaling practice. All you need to do is write down one thing you’re grateful for each day (although you can certainly write down as many as feels right – here’s a lot more help if you are new to gratitude journaling!).
How to Use These May Affirmations
I have included a printable page of affirmations for you, as well as a place in the printable journaling packet that encourages you to write your own affirmations. You can write them down (I always recommend this) and/or say them out loud. Saying them out loud is very powerful! You can also use these as a mantra if you meditate, or just as reminders to yourself throughout the day. You can read this post about how to use affirmations for more help – I really believe in affirmations and think they have a place in your journaling practice, too! 🙂
Here are your Mayl Affirmations:
- My body is strong
- I am present
- I will step into my power this month
- I am joy! (you are!!)
What Type of Journal to Use
Again – no rules here! Use whatever journal you like the best. I have included journaling printables here. You may want to use these (as you’ll see, I have one for “long form” journaling and one for shorter entries). I’ll be releasing new ones every month, so you may want to use these and keep them together in a binder or folder. Or you can use any notebook you have around the house. Some people like to keep a digital journal (hmmm…like a BLOG!), or just keep a file on their laptop. I type a lot faster than I write, but I always use a pen and paper to journal with. It just feels more cleansing to me.
You don’t need anything fancy or expensive to get started though. Truly, all you need is a place to write. <3
I have written out all 30 of the prompts below. You can download the May Journal Prompts, along with the Journaling Printables, at the bottom of this post.
You can download the Journal Prompts here. 🙂
Journal Prompts for May
What does May’s energy feel like to you?
How can you step into your power this month?
How did April feel?
Does May bring up any emotions for you that you need to work through?
How can you bring yourself back to present when you’re feeling overwhelmed or burdened by anxiety?
What’s something nice you’ve done for your body lately?
What is something you love about your job? If you’re not working, what is something you love about not working?
What is the greatest gift you’ve ever received?
What is a podcast you really like? What do you like about it?
Compare this May to last May. What has changed? What has stayed the same?
What is something that is hard for you do? Is there a way to make it easier?
How can you open more doors in your life?
What is something you’ve learned recently?
How can you serve others?
Write down three things you’re grateful for today.
How can you let your creativity shine?
What are you reading right now?
How do you start your day? Is this serving you, or would you like to change it?
How have you been sleeping lately?
Write about a dream that has been sticking with you.
If you could do anything in the world, what would it be? What’s stopping you?
Write a thank you letter to your parents. Send it, or keep it to yourself.
How have you been inspired lately?
Who is your community?
Describe your perfect weekend.
What is something that someone told you once that stuck with you? Who was it that told you?
What is something you’re working on right now and excited about?
How can you spend time in nature this week?
What is your evening routine like? Is it serving you?
How can you remind yourself that you are capable, you are present, and you are enough?
What is something you’re looking forward to in June?
>>> OK, one more pedal car pic!
You can download the Journal Prompts here. 🙂