Celebrate spring with these May journaling prompts for adults. These journal writing prompts can help you get back on track with your daily journaling practice or start a fresh new practice this spring.
Make sure to keep scrolling past the list of writing prompts to download your PDF with all 31 prompts for handy reference and themed journal pages that match your printable May planner pages.
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Journaling notebooks for spring
A nice notebook makes so much of a difference when you’re journaling. You can journal on any scrap of paper or cheap notebook, but having a nice notebook makes you a lot more likely to actually sit down to write.
Bullet journal notebooks are popular for journaling, but I personally prefer spiral or coil bound notebooks that lie flat. My Japanese brother-in-law prefers bound notebooks and says spiral notebooks are uncommon in Japan. If you’re not sure which you prefer, try a couple of notebook styles to see which you enjoy writing in more.
Whatever notebook you select, make sure it has the type of page you like whether that’s blank, lined, boxes, or grid dot.
You may also want to look for acid free paper. Acid free paper doesn’t turn yellow and brittle with age, which is nice if you plant to keep your journal. My grandfather kept a diary for most of his adult life and we have dozens of his casebound journals. Because they were written on acid free paper, even the old journals are still supple and easy to read. It’s so cool to leaf through them and read his thoughts.
If you’d rather journal on looseleaf paper, make sure to keep scrolling down the post for your free printable journal pages!
Journal writing prompts for May
Thirty-one days of writing prompts for May are listed out below. They are also included in your free printable PDF for easy reference. There’s no need to screenshot this page and spend time scrolling through 1,527 pictures to find it whenever you want to journal.
May journal writing prompts:
- Write down all your plans and ideas for May.
- What are your three biggest goals for this month?
- Can you image what reaching your goals will feel like? Describe, in great detail, how reaching your goals will feel.
- May 4th is National Teachers Day. Do you remember any teacher or professor who had a positive impact on your life?
- In honor of Cinco De Mayo, what is your favorite international cuisine?
- What is the last personal accomplishment you celebrated? Is there an accomplishment you didn’t celebrate at the time that you feel ready to celebrate now?
- What forms of art or artistic expression are your favorite? (Either to watch/listen or do yourself.)
- What is something you think you take for granted? Is there a way you could be more thankful for it?
- What is your daily moment of calm? If you don’t currently have a “me time” routine, what could you do to bring yourself a moment of peace each day?
- What are your favorite ways to raise your vibe/feel better when you’re feeling down?
- May 11th is Eat What You Want Day. What would you eat if you could choose anything?
- If you could meet one exotic animal, what would it be?
- What are some ways you can adjust your daily schedule to be more efficient? Are there any time wasters you could eliminate so you have more time for nourishing activities?
- Describe your happiest childhood memory in detail.
- What are some things you need to forgive yourself for?
- What is an item you treasure greatly? Why is it valuable to you?
- Write about your ideal spring day. What would you do? Eat? Wear? How would you feel? Who else would be there? Write it down and feel the energy in your body.
- Write a stream of consciousness page writing about how you feel when you achieve a goal. Write about how amazing, wonderful, successful, etc. it feels and focus on feeling this energy of joy and success.
- What makes you feel resentful? What do these situations reveal about you? Can you identify any unspoken desires hidden in your jealousy?
- Are you intuitive person? Do you listen to your own inner wisdom frequently? Have you ever regretted not listening to yourself?
- Do you have guiding words to live by or a favorite affirmation? A mantra you repeat in difficult situations?
- What is your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?
- Write down at least 5 things that bring you joy. They could be objects, people, songs, books, foods – anything!
- What are you looking forward to in the next week?
- What areas of your life do you want to change? Write about what you want, not what you think you “should” or “need” to change.
- How is this May different from last May?
- Moving season is here! Are you moving this summer? If not, is there somewhere you’d like to move or take an extended stay?
- What are your plans for next month?
- When you want to get away for the weekend, where do you like to go?
- What was the best part of this month?
- The year is almost half over. How are you goals for this year coming along?
Printable May journal pages
In addition to two pages with each journal writing prompt, I also created two lovely spring journal pages for you. They have a spring garden theme that matches these May planner inserts.
Please note that the artwork in these printables is copyright by DigitalArtsi and is used under license. Thank you, Jane, for your beautiful artwork and generous licensing terms.
Like all journaling & planning printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use. You are welcome to use them with Scouts groups, home school co-ops, personal therapy clients, etc.
You are not licensed to redistribute the files or printouts to others for their personal use. Instead, please refer your friends and coworkers to this page so they can download their own copies.
I hope you enjoy using these May journaling prompts and discover something new about yourself! Make sure to check back in soon for June journaling prompts. New prompts are usually posted mid-month.