Do you already write in a journal or diary? Maybe you need to catch up!
Like I said yesterday, I used to write every day. Nothing artistic, just about what happened during the day and how I felt. Every year I got a new one. That was really exciting, picking something out from the bookstore. Sometimes my parents would give me one as a gift. Here are a few of my favorites through the years:
Especially when I was sad or confused, it really helped to sort things out on paper. Last week when I cleaned out my closet, I vowed I would toss all my old journals. But of course I just had to open one and take a peek, and what I read made me so ashamed of who I used to be. Reliving what I had been through was a harsh reminder of reality, not the good things I choose to remember. And at the bottom of that box was a stack of pages I had actually torn out of the journals during the divorce. They were filled with such horrible events that I thought I could completely erase them by destroying the pages. But I just couldn't bring myself to throw them out, and now I'm glad I didn't. I decided to keep the journals, just in case I ever forgot how things really used to be and how fortunate I am now.
Anyway, lately I've been reading about Wreck This Journal, have you ever heard of it? Sounds like a great way to get your creativity going!
Also I think art journaling has become pretty popular, the gals at Red Velvet Art even had an online class recently. I'd like to try it, because it might be a good way to get back into journaling. I'm just afraid I'll enjoy it too much, and it will become another time-sucking hobby to feel guilty about!
If you already have a journal, do you use it strictly for getting down your thoughts, or to document your daily life? Do you use it as a sketchbook? Do you add photos and mementos? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas!