Do You Journal?

Have you ever written in a journal or a diary? Writing down your secret thoughts or dreams in a book for your eyes only? I have written in journals since I was in elementary school, and I have always loved the experience.

They have all sorts of blank books you can write in. Everything from the cheap spiral 1-subject notebooks you used to use in school to really expensive cloth covered books with pretty designs. I think I have tried just about every type of journal out there to write in, and my favorite is still the old-time marble composition books. I don’t know why, but they are just my go to every time. Nowadays, I just pick up a bunch at the beginning of the school year when they cost like 50 cents at Walmart. That’s when they have all the great colors too.

And don’t get me started on pens to write with. O.k., too late…I’m started, Lol. I think I have said before that my favorite pen to write with is the cheap blue Bic pen. You may say that it doesn’t matter, a pen is a pen is a pen, but no, they are not. It has to feel right in your hand as the ink glides smoothly over the paper. I really like felt tip pens as well, but you have to make sure the paper is thick enough, so it doesn’t bleed through. I know a lot of people who use a journal app on their phone or computer. I tried that once, but I am mainly an ink to paper kind of girl.

You might be wondering about what exactly you would write about in a diary/journal, the answer is anything and everything. This is for your eyes only, so whatever you have to say, go for it. Thank goodness I no longer have my diaries from my early years through high school. They were truly cringe worthy. Always the same old drivel of who I had a crush on and why my mother won’t let me go to the dance or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, all those things were important at that time in my life, but I am glad I don’t have to reread them now.

Now, when I write in my notebook, there are various things I put in there. It could be prayers or answers to writing prompts I see on Pinterest or favorite quotes and bible verses. I really don’t write about my day-to-day life anymore, but there are times if something really good happens. So really, my notebook is just a big squiggle line of everything…makes total sense for me.

Journals, diaries or whatever you want to call them are great ways to get your feeling out when you don’t want to share it with anyone else. They give you the freedom to be exactly who you are without censor. They can also be a place where to can let your creativity come out. If you have never journaled before, give it a try, you might find out you love it. And if you already do, keep it up, it really is one of the best things.

***Question for the comments…Do you or have you ever kept a journal or diary? What kind of paper and pen do you like to use? What is your favorite thing about keeping a journal?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

13 thoughts on “Do You Journal?

  1. I know why your mother didn’t let you go to the dance. She’s a…🤣
    I’ve tried to get into the diary/journal thing. I last about 10 days, then I forget. Let’s face it. You know me. I feel journaling is something I “should” do. And anything I “should” do, I usually can’t be bothered. Nobody’s gonna tell ME what I should do!
    That being said, I’m a huge fan of notebooks. I need them to write ideas, take notes when I’m on the phone with some idiot from Comcast…I actually have 4 in use right now.
    I agree with the pens. Blue Bic (leftovers from Catholic school) and Flairs (especially purple!) if the paper warrants it.
    All that being said, I NEVER censor myself and anyone who knows me knows that to be true. I don’t need a “safe space” for that. I was taught the world is my oyster and if it is, other people are lucky just get to live there. 😁

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    1. Lol…you’re a rebel for sure. I can’t have separate books…it all goes in one, but I’m crazy like that. Dark pink flair is my fave, but black is my second favorite 🖋

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  2. I started Journaling in 2013 when I was in school. It was a spiral notebook and no pen preferences. Most of my early entries were all about crushes I had and later on it became a place to vent my thoughts on anything I would rather write than talk to somebody about. Journaling has been and will be my comfort zone. I even made up a secret alphabet to specially write on my journal because I don’t want anyone to be able to read it if they happen to find it. And I don’t write on a journal anymore, instead I used a password protected journal app. I miss writing but privacy comes first.

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    1. I would rather write over talking about it as well. I tried an app, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. I normally still do first drafts by hand, except the blog. That just goes straight into the computer.

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  3. I’ve kept a daily journal for a few years now, and there’s nothing better to help me listen to my own thoughts. My favourite pen? A Signo DX gel pen. This is despite the fact that I have a quiver of fountain pens, most with gold nibs. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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  4. Thanks for the reminder about journaling, my friend. When I first read the title to this blog post, I said “no way.” While reading it, it realized that I have journaled at some very significant points in my life and I had just forgotten about them. Mine were done in little hard cover books that had been given to me as gifts. And the pens are whatever I had around. But, my favorite is always the ones that flow without any resistant onto the paper. Don’t know any brands or styles…. I will consult you the next time I’m in need of purchasing a pen, although, I’m with your sister and purple color is my favorite 💜

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    1. It’s funny how we forget certain things until we read about it. Maybe because we don’t like to look back to those times, I don’t know. Beware, if you ever get it in the school supply aisle with me..there is no getting out. LOL

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  5. The only Journaling I ever did was for devotions but even with that I could put down in writing what the word meant for me an how it made me feel…then pray…it totally drew me closer to the Lord…the cheap composition book is what I use to journal…my favorite pen is the multi-color ball point…only cause it’s thick and I have big hands

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    1. A composition book person…just like me. I used to love the multi color pen, but then different colored flair pens came out and the multi color Bic lost it’s appeal to me. Devotion journaling is a great tool. I would think the process of writing down songs you’re working on is also a great journal thing.

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  6. I love journalling and for me the beauty mainly lies in the silence and communion of that you/book/pen time. You are in communication but only with yourself. No interruption and you are free to be as weird as you would like. It is heartbreaking to find that the journal gides who are out here are putting in all these rules of what you musta nd must not do. Journalling is a time to be free of all judgment and let it all go. It is quite freeing to say the least. Journalling time is play time. A beautiful moment for you.

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