Tuesday, June 15, 2010

little lovelies-journals

I never really kept a good journal growing up...well I guess if you count the orange binder that had "N.B. is a hung." written all over it. Give me a break, I was like 4 and didn't know how to spell "hunk" maybe I should have just written "N.B. has a really nice rat tail, almost as nice as NKOTB." I digress.....

In high school my good friend Kellie gave me this adorable journal with all sorts of uplifting things on the cover. For the first time I was actually excited to write in it! Maybe it's because I'm pretty neutral with my home decor (I can't get too crazy girly ya know!) but I do love me some fun journals/notebooks. I could spend hours at Target looking through all the cute stuff, that's where I can be as girly as I want! Anyway that specific high school journal is rather funny, the first  page says "Tonight David Luke gave a fireside about his mission. It was really good." The rest of the journal covers my acceptance into BYU-I, roomies, dates, jobs etc. and ends with "David Luke and I are getting married."

I didn't write very much while I was at BYU and I regret that. So many wonderful things happened during that time in my life and I wish I had taken the time to express the hard work and blessings that I was experiencing. I did however become a master at creating lists and bringing my day planner with me EVERYWHERE! I still have all my old day planners and I love reading through them and seeing the different classes/callings/outings I had going on in my life. I was so busy during those 4 years (who isn't?) and I often wish I had that type of energy and determination again, I keep my journals/planners by my bed and often turn to them for motivation.

After graduation I started writing more diligently. Sure it's not the easiest (or most exciting) thing but I am grateful that I have those big, small, and mundane life events on paper. There have been numerous nights that David and I have read through stories of dates, pregnancies, callings and laughed or cried--or my favorite feeling- laughing and crying at the same time! 

About a year ago in YW we made these "journal jars", basically 52 questions that can help you start journaling. "What is your favorite holiday and why?", "Describe a time when you were proud of yourself or family member." etc. Sure it is cheesy but I love it! It is our Sunday night tradition and a great way for us to start our own family history!


heidi678 said...

The journal idea is a great idea! I could use something like that to keep me motivated, you'd think writing stuff about my kids would be enough motivation but seems like I need another push.

Jeni said...

Journaling is so hard for me to do. I feel like blogging isn't as honest as actual journaling because I'm less likely to say something like, "Today Isaac drove me crazy, Olivia acted like a psychopath, and I wanted to rip all my hair out." I am less likely to write the downer things.
Having a pretty journal is totally key. If it's cute on the outside, I'm totally more likely to write in it!

The Toland Tots said...

love this idea. I've never been a journaler. Do you have the list of questions for your journal jar? Can you send it to me? I love looking at notebooks and have several empty ones that i need to use!