Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Journaling Prompts Tuesday

First of all, let me warn you—this list is long.  It is not meant to overwhelm you.  Certainly you don’t need to use it all.  I am just hoping something catches your eye and inspires you to scrap the everyday life.  We, as scrapbookers, are usually good at capturing the events and holidays in life, or the special places we go, but we often neglect to record those everyday life moments.  And these are the type of things I would most be interested in reading about my ancestors…even my parents.  So browse the list, print it and keep it on file somewhere…it is here for your use. 

(List is completely random…this is the way my brain works)

  • Routine.  Scrap your daily routine or a weekly schedule.
  • Daily things you do (this is different from your routine, such as every day the boys seem to fight at least once, or every day I sing as I work.)
  • Focus on a specific time that is important in your life (for example, 3:15pm every day I have to be at school to pick up my kids)
  • Character traits
  • The roles you or others take on. 
  • Tasks.  Who does what?  Do the kids have chores?
  • What shows do you watch on tv?  How about the kids?  How much time is spent watching tv?
  • Parenting issues.  How do you make your parenting decisions?  What applies most at this time in your life and the age of your children?
  • Feelings on who you are and what you do at this age.  Can ask others this too and document it. 
  • Hobbies in the family
  • Things you tend to say a lot.
  • Things you tend to hear a lot.
  • Meals.  What time do you typically eat meals?  Who cooks?  Picky eaters?  Favorite recipes?  Do you eat out a lot or eat home-cooked meals?
  • Job.  What is it?  How long have you been doing it?  What are the hours?  Duties?  What is your dream job?
  • Do you always wear make-up or try to make yourself look good? Do you like to dress up?  Or perhaps you wear your pajamas all day?  What does a typical day in clothing look like?  (perhaps your kids have a school uniform?)
  • Friends.  Who are you closest to right now?
  • Car.  What kind?  How much time do you spend in it?
  • Any quirks about you?  What about the rest of the family?
  • What places do you go to?  What stores?  How often?
  • What do you look forward to most in your day (or week)?
  • The costs of life.
  • Are you an early riser or perhaps a night owl?
  • Faith, values and religion.  It is such an important part of life, why do we often leave it out of our scrapbooks?
  • Your “bucket list” (what you want to do before you die), goals, ambitions.
  • Politics.  Are you a Republican?  Democrat?  What issues are near and dear to your heart?  (We promise not to hold it against you).
  • What makes you laugh until you cry?  What about the rest of the family, is there something that always cracks a specific person up? 
  • What do you love most about yourself?  (Face it, we focus enough on the bad, why not record what we like).  What do you love most about each member of your family?  (We all need to hear it sometimes).
  • What would people be surprised to learn about you or a family member?  
  • Pet peeves.
  • Create a top ten list of favorites right now.  Now do it for each family member.
  • What you can’t live without.
  • Do you like routine or prefer to switch things up?  For example, do you always order the same thing at a restaurant or do you like to try new things?
  • Are you a planner?  Document some of those plans. 
  • Show what your kid’s favorite toys are.  Doe he/she have a comfort toy or blanket?
  • Lessons learned.  What lessons do you have to learn/teach over and over again?
  • Advice you want to pass on to your kids.
  • Scrap an excerpt from a blog or journal.  Or a used page from a calendar or planner. 
  •  Addictions, who has what? (I’m thinking more like CHOCOLATE!) 
  • How often do you have to go to the store for groceries?  What specific kinds of groceries do you buy the most of?  What would be a splurge?
  • What do you have to put limits on?  For example, one of my boys would watch tv all day long if he could.  I, myself, would read all day long and forget the rest of the world sometimes, if I could. 
  • What are you learning about right now? 
  • What are you tweeting?   Or share some of your status updates on facebook.  J
  • Too much.  What is there too much of in your life?
  • How do you reward yourself or your kids for doing something good?
  • Do you have a color in your wardrobe that is more prevalent than others?
  • How do you keep creative?
  • How do you encourage creativity in your kids?
  • What’s on the news these days?  It’s ok to talk about specific events.  How do you feel about it or how does it effect you? 
  • What traditions do you and your family have?
  • Scrapbook a conversation.  Or take a picture of a conversation via texts on a phone and scrapbook it.
  • Share about your neighborhood.  What does it look like?  Do you all decorate for holidays?  Do you know your neighbor’s names and talk with them or are you like the thousands who never interact with their neighbors?
  • What brought you to the state (or location) you live in?  What do you enjoy most about it?  Do you plan on living there the rest of your life? 
  • Who drinks the most coffee in your family?  (My mom drinks a pot or two a day…it’s one of the  things I remember about my childhood)
  •  A messy home is a happy home or a clean life, happy wife?

And the list really could go on and on…

If you have more ideas, shout them out! 

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a fantastic day!


Connie Mercer said...

great list~need to pins these somewhere:):)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Great prompts!!!!

Lisa Echerd said...

These thing are so important as they make up far more of our life than birthdays, vacations or special events. Thanks for the list!

Tamika said...

I like this list maybe this will help me to finally scrap that more journal than photos page I've wanted to do for so long. TFS

Linda Beeson said...

I so need to do more journaling, this sure does bring lots to think about.

Tanya Ham said...

Pamela, this is amazing! Thank you for this jolt to get my creative juices flowing again, I've been in a bit of a funk. I used to do a lot of pages like this, and for whatever reason, forgot about their importance. I plan to get back to this ... thank you!!! :)

Ruth G said...

Fabulous! Pinning this one, too! I can't imagine how long it took you to compile this list (did you scrap about that?;-) Thanks again for more inspiration!!!

Lisa Dorsey said...

What a great list Pamela! Printed to use as inspiration!

EMEEGEE said...

I enjoyed this list! It got my wheels turning!! :)

Amy said...

This is a wonderful list. Thanks so much for posting it!

Alice Boll said...

I love your list! What a great way to get inspired and share your memories in your scrapbooks! I shared this on my Facebook page today. If you'd like to check out my share it is here:

Thanks for the inspiration!

Ann Marie said...

Love the list, thanks! Found you through Pintrest, love your blog :)