A – Z Challenge ~ J is for Journaling

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How much fun is it to journal?  Maybe something happened that excites you so much you need to make a written memory of it.  That way, there is a note to go back to so you can relive it again and again.

I have been journaling since I was about twenty-four years old or so.

I wish I had all of my old journals.  They held some fantastic emotions along with amazing descriptions of dreams and delusions.  I do have my journals from my first year of sobriety – they are interesting years later.

Journaling is a great way to get it out or hold it in.  It is a great way to dream big or start small.

Do you keep a journal for your thoughts?  How about a journal for your characters in your work in progress?  Maybe you keep a weight loss journal or a food journal.

Maybe you put little sketches in your journal or cut out positive quotes to stick in there for prompts.  Maybe you buy stickers at the dollar store and after your entry, you place them just so to frame your thoughts.

Whatever the case, journaling can be a lot of fun.

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How does journaling help you?

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Author: D. A. M. Steelman

I could get through life just fine quoting heavy metal lyrics.

19 thoughts on “A – Z Challenge ~ J is for Journaling”

  1. When I travel alone, I always journal – its a good way to look busy as opposed to looking quite pathetic. I write a lot of nonsense though but get great pleasure from reading it back and laughing at myself. lol!

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  2. I love to journal, but for whatever reason, I can’t seem to stick with it. I’m so hit or miss with writing in it, even though I’d love to do it on some type of regular basis (even if it’s not daily). Great post.

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  3. I burnt all of my old journals many years ago. The pages I remember most stay with me, but the lessons don’t need repeating, and reliving some of the moments was too tragic to dip my head into often.

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  4. I used to write in journals all the time, but now I more or less keep a record of my life through my blog. I still put pen to paper every now and then, but it is always personal thoughts that I don’t want anyone to know about. But, no matter how you go about doing it, I think journaling is so important. It’s so great for me to go back and read journals that my grandparents’ kept. So much can be learned from those who have since passed on. And the same is true for us. The people that come after us in our family will want to know about us!

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    1. Such a great point about our future relations needing to know about us.. I would have loved to read my mother’s or even my grandmother’s journals… they have both told me some awesome stories.. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

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  5. I do it off and on, but the problematic things are so old hat I’m bored writing about them, and I’m putting the good things on my blog(s). I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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  6. I have been journaling since I could write. I keep all of my old journals at my parents house and it never fails. I get home about once a year and there is always one night where I break them out and start reading and lmao.

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  7. I kept journals for about 25 years, while working in a testing job. And have now thrown them all out. They were mostly technical though, in case had any issues needed to document, so not that interesting years later.
    But I could journal I suppose, now that I am retired. And more recently – a writer. I do carry a notebook at times, and write down some thought and observations, and enjoy the texture of the paper and flow of the pen – I choose both with care. But it isn’t always that convenient to carry a book – sometimes that idea gets scribbled on the back of a restaurant bill. Or in my iPhone.
    I guess another question for people would be – given that you do journal, what do you do with it. Just capture the thoughts and move on? Fill shelves with unread journals? Sit down every week and re-read for gems?

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