Can I just be real? I loveeeee journals. Love them. I was the kid that became so excited to buy new school supplies that I didn't care that it signaled the end of Summer freedom. Yeah, I was that girl. As an adult, it's still pretty exciting to stroll down the office supply aisle and find some sort of new fancy smancy pens or notebooks. Don't ask me why, it's just how I roll.
Now a days, the Mr. isn't exactly thrilled when I come home with yet another journal. Not so much me buying it that bugs him, but me buying it when I know good and well I have at least 3, or 10, empty ones I haven't even touched yet! I can't help it! Journals are my weakness!
Honestly, I can't remember the last time I filled a journal completely because I get so excited to start a new one! Growing up, I worried that my brothers would sneak in my room and read them. So I would try to write in code, Any of you ever tried this before? It may work at the time, but months and years down the road, you call yourself an idiot because you're reading pure gibberish. So then, I try to go all out and write down every thought. Reading over it, I think, "Oh man, my grandkids will think their grandma is a loser," and I start only hitting on the high points of life. Which isn't a true representation of life either.
My dear friend Charlene, over at From Bisons and Buckeyes, uses her journals to write down entire blog posts! Such a great idea for when you are on the go & only have your journal in your purse to keep you entertained!
So, at this point in my life, I have moved beyond all the journal games. I'm trying to match the journal word for word with what's in my head and my heart. I know that people may read them, and that's okay. I decided to be true, be me, at all costs. I've also learned that keeping separate bible study journals and a life journals is silly, so I've combined them. Looking back now, it's nice to see what I was studying in the bible, and how it's influencing what's going on in my life at that moment.
For now, my methods are working, and I'm happy to say, maybe I won't look like such a loser to the grandkids.
How do you journal?