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Defining Your Intentions for 2023: Olea's Top Journaling Prompts

Welcoming in a new year can feel burdened with the expectation of rapid and quick-fire improvements. But habits don't form overnight; they take time to cultivate, they take real intention to focus on what you want, and they take courage to think big.


There are numerous benefits to journaling, not least the practice of writing and expressing yourself (whether in English or your native language - or even a mixture of all your languages)! In addition to improving your communication skills, journaling can soothe your mental health, enhance your self-confidence, emotional intelligence and creativity, as well as goal-setting habits.


Now that the excitement of the new year has passed, and your 2023 resolutions may be waning, what better time than to take an hour for yourself and journal with intent.

So, without babbling along too much, we'll get straight to it. We have come up with five core journaling prompts that can help you make 2023 a more intentional year. Whether you're a 16-year-old Chinese student, a 26-year-old French working professional, or a 56-year-old British entrepreneur, these prompts will allow you to reflect on how you can bring about greater value to every corner of your life.


“Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose.” – Frank Tyger

1 What does 2023 look like? Why will it be great? What would happen in an ideal world? Write, draw, let go of your expectations and dare to dream.


2 Take a look at the following areas of your life and decide on one, actionable (and realistic) goal for each: 1) Personal Life 2) Family 3) Career/Studies 4) Friends 5) Wider Community 6) Hobbies 7) Creativity 8) Physical Health 9) Mental Health 10) Lifelong Learning


3 The magic three! Brainstorm and answer the following:

a) I will love these three things about myself.

b) I am ready to let go of these three things.

c) I want to achieve these three things the most.

d) I will do these three things every morning.

e) I will visit these three places.

f) I will connect with my loved ones in these three ways.


4 Pick a word to symbolise and define your 2023. You can look at this word if you need some extra energy as you journey through the year so that you remember not to give up on your dreams.


5 Unleash your mind. What is your secret wish for the next year? You don't have to tell anyone; this is your space to manifest and focus on what you want.


We hope you found these prompts useful; if you have any further suggestions, or questions, please get in touch with us! We always put our students first and foremost, so your input is truly valued and listened to.

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