Do you journal? If so, what form does it take? Perhaps you like to write in a diary, as I do. Or perhaps you type away to your heart’s content, entrusting your precious memories to the ever-loyal pc?
Sometimes, all it takes is a few words each day to jog the memory in years to come. But if you’re not much of a writer, then there’s nothing quite like photographs for switching on the ‘reminiscent switch’ of your mind. Photo journaling – whether it be digital or paper – is a fantastic way to record those happy moments.
Since the age of 12 I have kept a diary, I prefer the shop-bought A5 ‘day to a page’ variety. And I’ve always love this very last day of the calendar year … because I get to open a brand spanking new journal and flick through its pages in anticipation for what might fill them over the coming days and months. It’s exciting… that our future is yet to be written…
My diary has been a great friend to me over the years, it has helped me to grieve and to get my innermost thoughts out in to the open so that I am better equipped to heal and move forward.
I always make a paper pocket and adhere it to the inside back cover for the safe keeping of things such as ticket stubs and notes, photos and love letters.
I haven’t read the teenage diaries for YEARS! In fact, I rarely ever read any of my diaries back. The early years were too painful to relive, but besides that, I guess it was more the process of keeping a diary that I enjoyed rather than the actual retrieving and reliving of the past.
I haven’t been as prolific in writing as I was as a young woman, where I would tape extra pages in to the diary. I was that addicted to sharing everything. But then, those were the days when I had spare time on my hands.
Time became a precious commodity after becoming a Mother (as I’m sure many of you can relate!)… and once I settled in to a happy stream of life I guess I was just too tired or busy! And so, the role of the humble diary has changed for me in recent years. I enjoy reading back now – about events my family and I have shared – because it’s not just about ‘me’ anymore, it’s about ‘us’. My diary has morphed from the role of Counsellor to the role of Historian… a keeper of memories for the future Me to enjoy. A source of knowledge to refer to when I’m too old to remember what “it’s” like – whatever “it” may be! And a few stories to share with the children so that their own memories are supported by the loving words of their old mum.
On reflection, I realise that chatting with you, in the form of this blog, is as dear to me as my diary. It’s great to spill over with excitement and share my passions with you, because chances are that if you’re interested in my little world then you share those same passions, too! I so hope that along the way, I can provide you with a dose of happiness and inspiration. If I have inspired even one person, then blogging is the best journal ever!
So it is with an excited and joyful heart that I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, loving, prosperous and beautiful New Year. May your dreams and aspirations become a reality… because you deserve them to! x
I look forward to sharing my creative journey with you in 2014 my friends!
With much love! Vikki xo
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