We’ve all done it. Tried to keep a diary/journal and failed. Well, I have. I remember picking out the glossy covers, the thin notebooks, the one with the ‘secret lock’ and the mini keys. Seeing the fresh blank pages filling me with the hope of actually finishing this 100th journal. And there I am next week, picking up another, for a fresh start, thinking it’ll be different this time. Hoping it’ll be different.
But, I would never finish the journal.Stacks of wasted paper, hopless dreams, and washed out ink. Then I made a final decision to take this ‘journal idea’ seriously. I would write in it. I would use it. I would finish it. I was determined. I never knew what that could turn into.
But then I made a final decision to take this ‘journal idea’ seriously. I would write in it. I would use it. I would finish it. I was determined. I never knew what that could turn into.
I’ve been ‘journalling’ for quite a while now. A year, maybe 2 years? I have a little collection of the journals I’ve completed throughout my writing life. Some big, some small. I love writing in them. It makes me feel just so much more refreshed and it’s good to get what you’re feeling down on paper. Now, to some, this hobby may seem silly. What’s the point? Why write down stuff no-one’s ever gonna read?Well, that’s the point of this post!
Why did you want a journal in the first place?
As I became more aware of life and I began to read more, I realised that I wanted to remember every moment, every thought, every feeling. And the only way to do that was to write it down. That was when my journal life began. I never buy really fancy journals or anything-just something usual and pretty. My first one wasn’t too nice but still something. And I wrote.And wote. And before I knew it, I was on my second journal.
Why do you write in a journal anyways?
- I want to look back on my life when I’m old and grey
- It’s almost calming and therapeutic
- It helps clear your thoughts
- To have a friend who will always be there
- I’m a stationery addict
- To make sense of yourself
- You can remember experiences
- You can see how you’re life has changed
- I can write what I want, when I want
- It’s mine, It’s personal, It’s me. ( I really hope no-one reads my journal because it’s very personal…)
When do you find the time to write?
Before bed. When I’m snuggled up in my covers with some hot chocolate beside me, I take out a pen and my journal and reflect on my life that day, week, or even month. I write all my thoughts down, angry or excited. I think at night your brain is just ready to explode with excitement and you need to calm down before you actually sleep.
What can you write in it?
So much. BE FREE. BE IMAGINATIVE. BE YOU. Write whatever you want, whenever you want. It’s up to you. Your journal, your life, your rules. Your imagination is the only limit.
Personally, I write what has happened to me, what weird thoughts I’m having and seriously I just let my thoughts pour out.
Quick facts about my journal(s)
- My handwriting is extremely messy in them (so only I can read)
- Hands OFF!
- I write in only black (ok, and sometimes blue)
- I like it.
- I don’t write in it EVERYDAY
Is there any difference between a diary and a journal?
Journal – a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts.
Diary- a book in which you write down recounts of things that happen.
So here’s my collection, if you wanted to see it.
Do you Journal? Have you got a pile of never-ending notebooks? Want a journal? Do you have a diary instead? Have you given up on it? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? My best friend is a journal, what’s yours?