Thursday, April 4, 2013

30 days, day 3



Lately I've been writing in my journal. A lot. I pulled my copy of The New Diary off my bookshelf and started re-reading it to get some ideas to spice things up a bit. The book is not exactly new anymore -- I don't mean just my copy of it which I bought as required reading for one of my writing classes in college -- it was published in 1978. But I think it has a lot of valid points and good ideas. It helped to remind me that a journal is supposed to be for me. A place to connect with myself. It's also been a place to play. I'm having fun. This month is supposed to be about falling in love with my blog again, but I also think that it's about falling in love with myself again, too. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's important to love yourself. To love your life and to love all those little things that bring you Joy. It's easy to forget in the hurry that is daily life. Keeping a journal helps to slow things down a bit.

What do you think? Do you keep a journal?

7 comments:

  1. I'm trying to get to the end of The Artist's Way but have not journalled for several days. I must confess that while I was doing daily pages I was getting insights but as you said, I was doing it for the assignment and not for me. Maybe I will pick it up again and see if I can figure out what some odd dreams lately are all about.

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  2. I'm looking forward to read your future posts, full of interesting stories and joy!!

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  3. I don't keep a journal per se but kinda treat my blog like one. Sometimes I've shared too much, but ultimately that's how I am. I can't and do not wish to change. So I guess I agree with you and I do believe in loving yourself, flaws and all.

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  4. I keep a journal of random thoughts from times when I'm stressed. When things get better I write about how I worked it out. A good learning tool!

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  5. I don't keep a journal but I have many books that I have written in over the years. I don't seem to be able to stick to anything I start no matter how good my intentions are!

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  6. I love journaling, and for years did my "morning pages" each morning, and found that I didn't function well without that morning brain dump. For some reason I suddenly stopped doing it about two months ago. I felt like I just didn't have time or the mental space to do it, plus I was boring myself with writing the same thing everyday. Even if I was repeating myself, I really think the absence of that practice has a lot to do with my current stress level.

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  7. Dear and beautiful Anne, you are right that it is very easy to forget to...love ourselves and to find beauty and joy in every day simplicity. It is just the matter of constant practice. It is also hard work but definitely worth it. Can be something more important than self love? Sounds like we are on the same self love path. much love to you Anne.

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