I remember my first diary. I'm pretty sure one of my grandmother's gave it to me. It had blue, lined pages, a hardcover, and most importantly, A LOCK and KEY!
I wish I'd hung onto to it so that I could see what my seven-year-old self was thinking and worrying about.
Over the years I've kept journals of sorts.
Sometimes it reads like a list of never-met goals: lose weight, write more, be a better person, practice patience.
Sometimes it's a collection of rants about how crappy I think my life is on any given day. (When looking back at old entries, I berate myself for being a drama queen.)
Sometimes it's a giant To Do list: Clean the bathroom, vacuum, run, bathe the dog.
Sometimes it's a log of "brilliant ideas". "Doomsday is coming" from Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman was scrawled across more than one page in my journal. It was also underlined. Boxed. And starred....back when I had no idea what it meant, lol.
Last year, I used The Life Organizer by Jennifer Louden to guide my journalling.
In December I thumbed through a few old journals before throwing them out. (Yes, I threw them out....maybe not the best choice, but I felt like they were giant psychic weights holding me back.)
Basically I figured out the only way to stop whining about a problem/challenge is to either decide it's really not a problem/challenge or to do something differently.
This year I'm doing a lot of things differently. Like making my goals public and blogging about my progress....it's a new "journal" of sorts.
Tell me Killer Friends: Do you journal/keep a diary? When did you start? What do you record in it? Do you go back and learn from your old entries?