I have been writing in journals for as long as I can remember. I can't remember exactly when I started or how I started but journaling has been a joyful practice in my life for awhile. It has been the sister I never had, my confidant. One of the things I've always cherished about journaling is that it is something that is all mine on its own. My mom made a point to let me know that it was private and that she would never read it. This really resonated with me and allowed me to use journals as a sanctuary, a meditation in my life.
Journals as a physical object bring me joy. Writing the first entry, saying goodbye to the old one are moments that I hold dear to me. I tend to always have something to write with on me, pens, paper, and a journal if there's room in my purse. I've tried using my phone to write but its not the same feeling, when I do, I usually transcribe it into my journal afterwards. There have been times that I haven't written in months. I am not a stickler to it. A lot of the times that I do write is when I am upset, frustrated, and goal setting. Mostly, its a retelling of events. Some fond memories of when I journaled were travelling. I sometimes like to reflect back on events on my life and laugh, smile and see how I've grown and what things I still may need to work on.
One thing that I am working on adding to my journals is using pictures to express my thoughts. I can do this more fluidly when I'm taking a course and writing notes but less so when I'm just writing in my journal. This is something that I am also trying to elicit in my students when they are writing. Giving them the option to use whatever means of expression that suits their needs or the particular item they are working on.
One more thing that I'd like to add is an awesome podcast/show in Canada called Grown Ups Rad Things they Wrote As Kids. The show has adults read excerpts from their childhood and teenage writing. What these strangers share with the audience is moving, emotional and often hilarious. You will be nodding your head in recognition as well as crying tears of laughter. They also have live shows across the country, check them out online or live if they come to your city. grownupsreadthingstheywroteaskids.com/
Join me on this 31 day journey for the month of March with twowritingteachers.org and their 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. #sol17