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Old 01-12-2019, 01:11 AM   #1
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Do you journal your thoughts? Do you keep them or throw them away? When do you usually journal?


I usually journal in the morning. I write very messy and after I am done, the papers go through the shredder so that I can move on with my day.

But if the remaining thoughts follow me, I will even journal during the day (I always keep a pen and a notepad in my car) or before bedtime to empty out my thoughts onto the paper. Again, I shred them.

I never keep my journal. I can never be one of those people who open their journal and say, "This is how I felt in 2001." But I think it's neat that some people can do that.

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Old 01-15-2019, 05:13 AM   #2
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I have always been told I should keep a journal. I have tried so many times in the past and failed. I would forget about it or feel overwhelmed by it and it would be left undone. I have tons of partially started journals. Sometimes I spend so long picking out a nice fancy journal only to forget about it. I believe it would be good for me. Does anyone have any advice on how I can make it easier?
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I've had a few journals but I only used them very rarely. Sometimes I begin and I write daily for a month or two but then I forget about it. A journal from my teen years has been helpful in therapy. I showed some entries from it to my T. I regret not writing more at the time.
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I used to journal, ennie, but I don't anymore. Maybe I should. It's just that I seem to forget to do it... maybe because I don't see much results from it. Perhaps I should be more patient. I'm glad it's helpful to other people at least. Sending many hugs to everyone
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For some reason I judge myself while journaling. Like I feel what I'm writing will be judged and isn't good enough even though no one else will see it.

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The last time I had a written journal was over 25 years ago in college. I burned it in the kitchen sink of my apartment. I had gone through a particularly rough time for many years and I remember that burning it was symbolic to me... I was moving on. I forgot all about that until just now. I would probably be embarrassed of old journals so Iím glad I burned it. The memory of moving on from that time is a good one.
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I kept a journal for a year about 10 years ago. I tried to read it, but was just judging the naive kid I was.
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For some reason I judge myself while journaling. Like I feel what I'm writing will be judged and isn't good enough even though no one else will see it.

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At first I find it helpful to re-read what Iíve written so I can think about it. Then after that I tend to judge myself too.
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Do you journal your thoughts? Do you keep them or throw them away? When do you usually journal?
I usually journal in the morning. I write very messy and after I am done, the papers go through the shredder so that I can move on with my day.
But if the remaining thoughts follow me, I will even journal during the day (I always keep a pen and a notepad in my car) or before bedtime to empty out my thoughts onto the paper. Again, I shred them.
I never keep my journal. I can never be one of those people who open their journal and say, "This is how I felt in 2001." But I think it's neat that some people can do that.

I love to journal my thoughts. However, I find it kind of funny that even though I am insistent on doing this, I hardly ever go back and read what I've written. It's almost as if the act of writing is the therapy itself. I keep a small moleskin notebook and a pen on me at all times. This is especially helpful to write down things that I actually do want to re-read later, such as a song I heard on the radio or a book someone recomends that I would like to read.
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I have always been told I should keep a journal. I have tried so many times in the past and failed. I would forget about it or feel overwhelmed by it and it would be left undone. I have tons of partially started journals. Sometimes I spend so long picking out a nice fancy journal only to forget about it. I believe it would be good for me. Does anyone have any advice on how I can make it easier?
I found that a focused journal makes writing easier. So, for instance, start with a question, a mantra, a drawing or sketch and go from there. Don't be afraid to revisit your thoughts and make an origami sculpture from them. Personally, I keep more than one journal and visit each one throughout the year.
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